Sandblasting Porcelain, Ceramic, and Glass: An Elegant Statement

Gravur Porzellantasse

As an alternative to printing on mugs and glasses – or as a stylish complement to the printed design – you can also have mugs engraved by us. This of course also applies to engraving glasses, cups, and porcelain jars.

When sandblasting glass, porcelain, ceramic, or enamel, the top layer of the material is removed by blasting it with abrasive material. To create a design on the mug, cup, or glass, we first apply a film with the design cut out. The covered part remains untouched. This process is called masking. Masking, which precedes the actual engraving of mugs, is entirely done by hand – as are many techniques and steps at Granvogl.

Afterwards, the actual engraving of mugs or glasses is done through fine sandblasting. We carefully remove just enough material to leave a negative design relief. In other words, your desired design is implemented as a recessed engraving on mugs, glasses, and cups.

Engraving Porcelain, Glass, Stoneware, and Ceramics: Here’s the Result

Our products can generally be engraved using sandblasting technology – whether it's a mug, bowl, plate, bottle, or glass. The effect is always the same: Engraving may not be as striking as the colored print on one of our items – but it's precisely this understatement that can serve as an exclusive design feature. Your individual design is "carved" into the material during sandblasting engraving; depending on the material, you'll see the white of porcelain, the natural beige of ceramics, the gray of stoneware, or a matte, blasted glass surface.

Now it depends on how you use this effect: For example, you can decorate one of our colored mugs with it and achieve, depending on the color choice, a strong contrast between the mug and the design. Alternatively, with glass, you can use just a subtle difference between smooth and porous surfaces.

Special Case: Enamel Engraving – the Unique Look

The enamel layer of our enamel mugs protects the underlying metal from corrosion. Consequently, when an enamel mug is engraved, sandblasting removes this layer, exposing the metal underneath. This metal can oxidize when exposed to air and will soon rust. Therefore, engraving enamel mugs in connection with food is not possible. However, depending on the intended use, this rusting effect may be desired. That's why we also offer engraving on our enamel mugs.

Our Tip: Engraving as an Eye-Catcher in Gastronomy

Especially because it may not catch the eye immediately, sandblasting engraving on cups, glasses, bottles, and tableware is a genuine recommendation for restaurants and hotels that appreciate an elegant overall appearance yet still want to give their logo presence on the table. Let us show you how discreet and effective you can spread your brand or message!


  • You can refine any Granvogl item with an engraving (by sandblasting).
  • Even colored engravings are possible.
  • Our sandblasting technique allows for very fine engravings - and thus also detailed motifs. Just send us your design: we will quickly and non-bindingly check for a possible implementation.
  • The engraving does not alter the good qualities of genuine Granvogl quality: Naturally, you can also put engraved cups (or other sandblasted items) in the dishwasher.
  • Engraving on - among other things - cups, glasses, bottles, and many other of our products is possible starting from a quantity of 50 pieces.
  • It is also possible to combine one of our high-quality prints with an engraving.
  • Upon request, you can first have a sample sent to you by us - a trial engraving with your desired motif is also possible.

Engrave cups: Get advice Through an engraving, implemented with sandblasting, you can turn your glasses, cups, and bottles as well as your gastronomy tableware into real highlights of brand communication. Let us show you what is possible with engraving: we are happy to advise you!