I am a stained-glass artist based in Essex in the UK, and have been working in stained-glass for thirty years. Since 1996 I’ve been working from the medieval church of St Peter’s, Wickham Bishops.
I was born in Cookely, Kidderminster in 1964 and grew up in Letcombe Regis and Wantage, Oxfordshire. After graduating with a degree in marine biology, in 1986, I explored the possibilities of pursuing a career in the arts. After a chance meeting with Amal Ghosh - who was running adult education courses at The City Lit and Central School of Art, London - I applied for the postgraduate Diploma in Advanced Stained Glass at Central in 1988, graduating in 1990. Awarded The Caroline Swash Fellowship in 1990, I was able to continue working in the stained-glass department in the Lethaby Building, Southampton Row, Holborn, London, for another year.
In 1992 I married and moved to Essex, at first working from a garden studio. In 1996 I discovered St Peter’s church, which had been in the care of The Friends of Friendless Churches since 1975. They agreed for the church to be adapted for use as a stained-glass studio.
Photo: Adrian Powter
Since then, I’ve been commissioned to make over twenty new church windows (two in cathedrals) and carried out dozens of repairs of 19th century church stained glass. I’ve also made work for houses and schools and made stained glass for exhibition.