The Winchester artist takes part in the first exhibition of the contemporary art gallery Rachel Bebb in Broughton

A GLASS engraver who lives and works in Winchester displays an engraved bowl at an inaugural exhibition in Wales.

Master of The Art Workers’ Guild, Tracey Sheppard of Winchester, attends the first exhibition of a new contemporary art gallery in Broughton, Wales.

The confirmed artist presents an engraved glass bowl titled In invisible places inspired by the poem IDeogram for green by Alice Oswald at the new Rachel Bebb Contemporary (RBC) gallery until the end of October.

The poet’s words “In unseen places, where the first leaves begin, green breathes growth” engraved in the bowl express Tracey’s love for plants. The glass engraver said, “Working with glass, I can indulge my love of drawing inspired by the natural world, closely observing and capturing the fine detail and structure of botanical subjects.”

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The Winchester artist engraved doors, windows and panels for churches and cathedrals. Other commissions include work for Ampleforth, Eton and Winchester Colleges, the BBC, Chelsea Physic Garden, Hampshire County Council and the Dean and Winchester Chapter.

Her work has been presented to Queen Elizabeth II, the Queen Mother, the Duchess of Gloucester and the Sultan of Oman. The Historic Royal Palaces have commissioned a coin to be presented to Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II at a ceremony marking the Tower Hill improvement scheme.

Tracey is a Past President of the Guild of Glass Engravers and was elected Honorary Vice President of the Guild in 2005. She is currently a Master of the Guild of Art Workers, a group of professional artists and exhibits in the Hampshire Cultural Trust exhibition, infinite beauty, at the Arch in Winchester.

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Rachel Bebb Contemporary opened in October, exhibiting sculptures and ceramics for interiors, letter prints, woodcuts and woodcuts, original prints and etched glass.

Rachel Bebb previously ran The Garden Gallery, exhibiting garden sculptures by contemporary artists, for 28 years. Part of RBC’s work will be to promote the timeless skills of letter engravers, glass and wood engravers and wood engravers, supporting the Lettering Arts Trust and the Society of Wood Engravers.

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Tracey added: “I am absolutely thrilled and honored to have work included in the launch of this exciting new venture. It’s wonderful to have the opportunity to show alongside such an immensely talented group of artists, all inspired by the natural world, working in such a rich variety of media. The experience is inspiring and stimulating. The show is carefully curated and beautifully displayed.

The fall exhibition runs until October 29 on Fridays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. or by appointment. For more information, visit

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