Midlothian’s 100 Objects - A Kinnaird engraved glass bowl

This glass bowl was made in 1981 at Lindean Mill Glass at Galashiels and engraved by Alison Kinnaird from Temple, Midlothian. Photo: National Museums Scotland/Scran

This glass bowl was made in 1981 at Lindean Mill Glass at Galashiels and engraved by Alison Kinnaird from Temple, Midlothian. Photo: National Museums Scotland/Scran

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This glass bowl was made in 1981 at Lindean Mill Glass at Galashiels and it was engraved by Midlothian artist Alison Kinnaird from Temple.

The bowl is made of clear colourless glass flashed purple, wheel-engraved with a design called ‘Woman into Hare’.

The inscription reads ‘I sall goe intil ane haire/ with sorrow and syck and/ meikle caire’, ‘And I sall goe in the divellis name aye whill I com hom againe’. The bowl bears the diamond-engraved marks ‘Alison Kin[n]aird’ and ‘1981’.

Alison is one of the world’s leading engravers, with work in public, royal and private collections throughout Europe, America and the Far East. The glass ranges from small intimate pieces, to architectural installations.

Selected commissions include a wedding gift for Prince Charles and Lady Diana Spencer. Last year she was one of 72 artists selected for the British Glass Biennale 2015.

Alison is also a leading exponent of Scottish harp music. In 1997, she received an MBE for services to art and music.

Photo: National Museums Scotland/Scran

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