Christina Engraving Christina

about spike glass engravers

CHRISTINA de JONG CLEYNDERT (Engraver)

I began engraving glass in 1982. I trained as a singer and a horn player at the Royal College of Music in London, then singing professionally, I felt that a musical career was not compatible with bringing up three children under four.

I studied Art and Calligraphy at school and, being tremendously impressed by the engravings of Laurence Whistler and his son Simon, I set about 'having a go' myself. I bought a cheap drill and then managed to buy a heavy rotary drill a little later. Having engraved several pieces for friends and relations, one of my suppliers informed me that a glass engraver's job was open at the studio glass shop, Carringtons, in Cambridge.

Having secured the job, I then went for advice to Stuart and Shirley Palmer. Further advice came from David Peace.  I attended Guild of Glass Engravers' courses, benefitting enormously from tuition by Peter Dreiser. I spent four happy years engraving lettering, heraldry, houses, animals, cartoons: you name it: I engraved it, at Carringtons.

In 1989, Carringtons regrettably sold out to a large conglomerate in Cambridge. I decided to open a studio of my own and set up Spike Glass Engraving in a large shed in the garden of my house. By now, I was engraving all sorts designs for recipients such as the Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Adrian, Michael Crawford, Sir Clive Sinclair and many local dignatories.  I also engraved trophies for Silverstone, Burghley Horse Trials and numerous other sporting events. I could also offer sandblasting for engraving quantities of glass at very reasonable rates. This meant that I could engrave numerous glasses for golfing, sailing and rowing clubs, as well as companies and colleges marking centenaries and other occasions for their alumni and employees.

I enjoy the entire process of negotiating with clients over choosing a piece of glass, discussing their requirements, coming up with designs and ultimately engraving them onto the glass.