Every day I follow a winding path through the garden to reach my studio. I have everything I need to create beautiful windows and I am close to my home and my family.
The studio (my fifth) was the first thing we built when we moved here in 2012. The garden was a wilderness of brambles inhabited by birds and foxes. I designed a wildlife garden and created it with the help of many friends. It continues to evolve and inspire me.
My studio is open to the public on selected days in June as part of the Surrey Artist’s Open Studio event. Full details are at surreyopenstudios.org.uk
Appointments to visit the studio outside these times can be arranged.
Stained Glass Process
The tradition of the English Arts and Crafts movement is at the core of my work. I studied stained glass at Central St Martins on a course Christopher Whall established. He was an artist who learnt stained glass so he could both design and make windows. It seems obvious now, but in the Victorian era it was revolutionary. I am happiest when I carry out the whole process myself, although I do have a Studio Assistant who helps me with leading and cementing now.
I made these drawings in 1996 when I had a studio in Teddington. The process and materials are the same today, even though the dungarees are long gone.
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