All about me
Welcome to my website! My name is Jo. I am a stained glass artist from the Forest of Dean, Gloucestershire.
Working from my studio in Lydney Park estate, I create bespoke windows, I take on window repairs and I teach classes in the various construction methods for stained glass.
I run both full day and half day classes. I also run private tuition for anyone who would like one to one support. Please see my classes page for more information.
I work in both traditional lead and copper foil, depending on the the window. A smaller window with more intricate detail often requires the more versatile copper foil technique, whereas a bigger window can be constructed more easily using lead came. If the window is exterior then I use lead came to allow for expansion and contraction. Once cemented, even a large window will be robust and rigid. I always frame my windows with either steel reinforced lead came or zinc came, which gives good structural strength.
I am inspired by many different styles of stained glass, from the beautiful rose windows of gothic cathedrals, to the works of Louis Comfort Tiffany and William Morris, and the incredible windows designed by Antoni Gaudi.
My personal work tends to lean towards the abstract and often includes circular bubbles and long flowing lines.
I love to paint on glass using traditional Reusche paints. Once the glass is painted it goes into my kiln overnight to be fired. After firing, the paint becomes part of the glass. I try to include some painted pieces into my commission work if time and budget allows for it.