Marsh Award for Heritage Crafts Maker of the Year

The Maker of the Year Award recognises a craftsperson who is amongst the most skilled in their craft and has demonstrated excellence in their craft over the past 12 months. The winner is also be a craftsperson who helps the safeguard the endangered skills related to their craft.

Tracey Sheppard 2021

Tracey is a glass engraver and current President of the Guild of Glass Engravers. She has exhibited in all Guild National Exhibitions since 1983 and has won numerous Awards and prizes. She originally took up glass engraving at evening classes while studying in 1980. Tracey teaches at a number of colleges and creates demonstration videos on behalf of the Guild of Glass Engravers. During the past 12 months, Tracey has done all she can to maintain her teaching, keeping in touch with her students and bringing people together online for interactive sessions. She has fulfilled several commissioned works and participated in London Craft Week where she was one of only two glass engravers who were involved in that event. Her work has been presented in royal collections, the parliamentary collection and other prestigious collections across the country. Tracey is always approachable, welcoming and curious, she has carried the light forward to inspire and nurture future glass engravers to help ensure the future of the craft.