This year I will be exhibiting in the conservatory at Sandy's House in Chadlington. As the garden is so lovely, I have taken a gardening theme and I will be showing glass and paintings. I will be offering small pieces of painted glass to hang in the window and examples of my larger work, which is generally commissioned. If you have been following my latest commission you can see how the the medieval insects turned out in a panel designed and made for over an internal door. I will also have one or two pieces of glass made for siting in the garden. You can also see a small selection of my paintings in watercolours and ink.
In the afternoons I will be doing some demonstrations of painting on glass.
Working in my garden studio in the Cotswolds, I make stained glass panels to hang against windows, and I create larger panels to commission, to be set in window and door frames. I also make glass for the garden.
I am inspired by the Arts and Crafts Movement, by early twentieth century design and by glass itself. I incorporate elements of medieval fantasy seen in ancient buildings and manuscripts and my love of gardens.
In the traditional way, I create a design, choose and cut the glass, lead, solder and cement it. The full beauty of working in stained glass comes with the painting. I have developed medieval skills in using the ancient dark paints and the yellow stain which gives stained glass its name. Painted and stained pieces may go into the kiln several times – it is a long process which creates a piece of lasting beauty.
As an artist, painting in watercolour is an increasingly important part of my practice, along with drawing and pastels.
I enjoy teaching stained glass in my studio. Please contact me through my website if you are interested, or if you would like to discuss your ideas for a commission.