Giles Lawson Johnston runs his crystal glass engraving business that was originally called Glenernan Glass and set up by his late father, Andrew Lawson Johnston, in 1985.
Giles' father held the Royal Warrant for artist in glass and Giles cites him as the inspiration to his work. The hand-engraved glass is done with a diamond-tipped dentist drill, which Giles carries out on a commission-only basis. It gives him great pleasure to engrave and reminds him of when he was eight years old, engraving by his father’s side.
Giles' 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 represent an investment opportunity in a most unusual, and unrepeatable art form. There is also the added attraction of being able to personalise your piece by Giles and commission hand engraved images: houses, racehorses, yachts, wildlife scenes, heraldry - all things are possible.