Contact and Info


Ainsley Francis is an Edinburgh-based artist working primarily engraved and kiln-formed glass.

please email me at:

Unit 1 Albion Road Business Centre
Edinburgh, UK 


“Hands have a history of their own, they have, indeed, their own civilisation, their special beauty; we concede to them the right to have their own development, their own wishes, feelings, moods and favourite occupations”

– Rainer Maria Rilke



2012 – 2014 MFA Glass
University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh College of Art
Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
2007 – 2010 Diploma, Craft and Design, Glass
Sheridan College Institute of Technology
Oakville, ON, CAN
2002 – 2007 BA, Combined Major Political Science and Philosophy
University of British Columbia
Vancouver, BC, CA


2013 Animating Light with Lienor Torre and Dr Elizabeth Presa Pilchuck, WA, USA
2013 Glass Engraving with Katharine Coleman West Dean, England
2012 Glass Engraving with Wilhelm Vernim Frauenau, Bavaria, DEU
2010 Glass Engraving with Jiri Harcuba Istanbul, Turkey
2010 Lost Wax Kiln Casting with Irene Frolic Oakville, ON
2006 Introduction to Glass Blowing with Jeff Burnett Vancouver, BC


2015 25th Designer Crafts at the Mall Licentiate Distinction
2014 Student Award for Innovative Use of Glass Engraving @ International Glass Engraving Symposium Kamenický Šenov, CZ
2014 Edinburgh College of Art Purchase Prize
2008 Betty Kantor Silent Night Award, Sheridan College, 2nd Year Glass
2007 Betty Kantor Silent Night Award, Sheridan College, 1st Year Glass

Public Collections

2014 University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK
2014 Glass Museum, Kamenický Šenov, CZ​


Since 2012 Contemporary Glass Society
Since 2014 Guid of Designer Craftsmen


Handmade Edinburgh

The Hub, Edinburgh, UK
invited to be a part of “Curated By Dan Goode”

27th to 29th October 2017

Handmade Kew

Kew Gardens, London, UK
invited to be a part of “Curated By Dan Goode”

12th to 15th October 2017

Colony of Artists 2017

Abbyhill Colonies, Edinburgh, UK

23rd and 24th September 2017

MADELondon Canary Wharf

Canada Place, London, United Kingdom


Handmade Edinburgh

The Hub, Edinburgh, UK
invited to be a part of “Curated By Dan Goode”


Colony of Artists 2016

Abbyhill Colonies, Edinburgh, UK


Gravur on Tour: Modern European Glass Engraving

Travelling exhibition:

final leg, Glasmuseum Frauenau, Germany 08.2016 to 09.2016
seventh leg, Finnish Glass Museum, Riihimaki, Finland 06.2016 to 07.2016
sixth leg, National Library, Tallinn, Estonia 04.2016 to 05.2016
fifth leg, Glass Museum, Kamenický Šenov, Czech Republic 02.2016 to 04.2016
fourth leg, Rheinbach Glasmuseum, Germany 10.2015 to 02.2016
third leg, Galerie De Aventurijn, Epe, Netherlands 08.2015 to 10.2015
second leg, Glazenhuis Museum, Lommel, Belgium 07.2015 to 08.2015
first leg, Red House Glass Cone, Stourbridge 05.2015 to 06.2015

Designer Crafts at the Mall

The Mall Gallery, London, England
as a Member of the Guild of Designer Craftsmen


Christmas Showcase

Gallery TEN, Edinburgh, United Kingdom


Sometimes Useful

Craft Scotland Conference, Royal Botanic Gardens of Edinburgh, United Kingdom


International Symposium of Engraved Glass

Sklářské Muzeum, Kamenický Šenov, Czech Republic


Contemporary Engraved Glass

Morley Gallery, London, England

As a Craft Member of the Guild of Glass Engravers


London Glassblowing and Graal Press

Gallery TEN, Edinburgh, United Kingdom


Autumn Craft Collection

New Ashgate Gallery, Farnham, England


New Designers

Business Design Centre, London, England


ECA Degree Show

Edinburgh College of Art, Edinburgh, Scotland


Glass Exhibition

The Bank, Eye, Suffolk, England


Ideen werden Glas

Galerie am Museum, Frauenau, Germany



Bullseye Gallery, Portland, Oregon, USA


Gravur International

Galerie am Museum, Frauenau, Germany


The Last Glass Show

The Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery, Canada 03.2013
Ontario Crafts Council Gallery, Canada 11.2012

Konscht am Gronn

Open Air Art Gallery, Luxembourg, Luxembourg


Festival International Montréal en Arts

Open Air Art Gallery, St Catherines Street, Montreal, Canada



Cryptic Canvas, Toronto, Canada


Out of Hand

Whippersnapper Gallery, Toronto, Canada


Controlled Burn

Ontario Crafts Council Gallery, Toronto, Canada