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From Pen to Glass: Introduction to Glass Engraving with Artist Carla Hagan

Workshop details
Date: Saturday, September 21, 2019
Time: 10:00am - 2:00pm
Cost: $595 


Class Description

The engraving class is designed to teach the lettering artist the skills necessary to translate their unique hand from pen and paper to drill and glass. Students are expected to have a familiarity with common letterforms and be able to write them proficiently before class begins.

Engraving students will learn to engrave on glass, metal, agate, and other surfaces using a quiet, low speed, low vibration, rechargeable drill. By the end of the day, students will possess the basic skills needed to start producing produce beautiful artwork and personalized merchandise. 

Your skills will quickly transform as you use your newfound writing instrument to translate your writing style from paper to glass. Under the skilled hand of calligrapher and engraver, Carla Hagan, students will learn how to operate, hold and manipulate the drill to create the thicks and thins of traditional letterforms using the drill.

Students who complete this class will have the skills necessary to begin personalizing gifts and begin working on site events that often earn in excess of $100 per hour. 


About the Instructor

Carla Hagan is a professional Calligrapher based in West Palm Beach, Florida. With over 14 years of professional calligraphy experience, four years ago Carla jumped into the engraving scene. With a few months of practice, she was able to learn how to transform her calligraphy hand to glass engraving. Carla has built a vast network of engraving clients including Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Glenlivet, Chivas Regal, Josh Wines, Redemption, Cartier, Louboutin and Chanel to name some of them. She also is hired to engrave at on-site corporate and wedding events. Carla’s work is regularly published in both print and e-magazines.



This curriculum features an intensive, hands-on approach to learning.

Carla will share her knowledge of the most effective engraving tools and supplies and of course safety.

Then we will get right into the basics of glass engraving, getting comfortable with the operation of the micromotor and drill, burr rotation and the different burrs to available to use.

Next, we will get into engraving design and be working on bottles of various shapes and sizes. Then, of course, engraving while writing on a curved surface. Carla will be sharing how to avoid mistakes and when necessary, how to “fix’ mishaps.

By the end of this class, you will be comfortable enough to make beautiful, personalized gifts and expand your business by offering engraving along with calligraphy services.

Required Engraving Kit (Included in tuition) 

All students will be provided a complete engraving kit to include

  • Cordless micromotor drill
  • Collet
  • Burrs
  • Safety goggles or glasses
  • Glass samples



What equipment is needed for the class:

All participants will be provided all equipment necessary for the successful completion of the class to include the engraver, burs, safety equipment, and glass samples

What's the refund policy?

This class is nonrefundable and non-transferrable. A minimum of 6 students is required for the class to be held. In the event the class is cancelled, it will be canceled thirty days in advance and prepaid tuition will be refunded to participants. 

Is my registration fee or ticket transferrable to another student?

Your ticket can be transferred to another participant up to one week in advance of the class. Any transfers of tickets must be approved by Carla Hagan designs by email at