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The History

There are many types of engraving the two types we do are Sand Engraving and Specialist Hand Engraving. We have a studio at Gordon Castle's Walled Garden where you can buy and order personalised engraved glass. All our engraving is done in Scotland.


My father, the late Andrew Lawson Johnston, held the Royal Warrant for artist in glass. He is an inspiration to me and his engraved glass is the foundation for this range. He established Glenernan Glass in 1985 and I am taking that business forward from where he left it, creating a range of affordable but unique and personalised if wanted everyday tableware glass, designed and engraved in Scotland.


The hand-engraved glass is done with a diamond-tipped dentist drill, which I carry out on a commission-only basis.  The hand-engraved glass inspires the tableware range.  It gives me great pleasure to engrave and reminds me of when I was eight, engraving by my father’s side.


My father devised an effective method of slicing and polishing pieces of glass cullet which he bought some 40 years ago. Originally these pieces came from the famous Whitefriars Glass factory in London, when it sadly closed after a distinguished 300 year history. When the furnaces were extinguished the molten glass was left to solidify.  The result was huge blocks of lead crystal.  These were broken up into more manageable sizes and are what we call cullet. This cullet will eventually run out and I believe these represent an investment opportunity in a most unusual, and unrepeatable art form. There is also the added attraction of being able to commission hand engraved images: houses, racehorses, yachts, wildlife scenes, heraldry - all things are possible.

I hope you enjoy my products and that they give you and your family great pleasure.