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Biography: Margot Jacobs Thigpen

Margot Jacobs Thigpen
Margot Jacobs Thigpen

Margot Jacobs Thigpen is a classically trained glass engraving artist who uses the micro motor to produce scientifically accurate work in the intaglio method. Her work is inspired by environmental issues, illustrating flora, marine life, and fauna which is either endangered, at risk, or has become opportunistic due to climate changes. “It is important when engraving that there is a respect for process, design, and finish with this old decorative art form,” said Thigpen. She works on vessels and plate glass which is illuminated. 

Thigpen apprenticed under renowned glass engraver Ann Dybka during the early 1990s and has continued to explore the intricate work of the hand held traditions. Her academic studies in art and glass were at Deakin University (Australia), Sydney College of The Arts (Australia), Julian Ashton School of Art (Australia), San Antonio Institute of Art (United States), and Lewis Ginter Botanical (USA). Her work is collected internationally and she has both exhibited and taught glass engraving in The United States and Australia.