Another job worth doing!

I am so happy today following one of the loveliest testimonials I have received in a long time.
My customer was a pleasure to work with (no I’m not just saying that ) Her clear understanding of the craft, the glass and its properties, made it an easy job for me. We spent hours choosing glass colours to suit her decor and taste. This was all to enhance the light from the side alley which the window is hiding. made a wonderful frame for the window which really make it look like a special piece of glass art. 
Here the testimonial!

Dear Amanda,

Thank you for your lovely email and yes I enjoyed doing this ‘project’ with you.  For me it is a dream come true.  Every morning I wake up and have a quick look at my beautiful window before my day starts.  It looks magnificent in the day with the light shining through. I have to make a plan to organise a light behind it for the evenings.  I LOVE IT.  Thank you for my beautiful piece of art!
Hope we bump into each other again some time.
And heres the window
Welcome to a foggy Tuesday 23rd October! 
Can anyone help?? I’m looking for a supplier of cool looking inexpensive gift boxes, white flat ones i.e. no deeper than 10cm.
I have a variety of sizes I’m looking for
200mm x 200mm
120mm x 120mm
90mm x 90mm
150mm x 150mm
Any suggestions will be gratefully received thank you!

 Creative Mind 

I’ve been drawing for as long as I can remember. When I landed on my career as a stained glass artist in 1986, I quickly learned that I had found my niche, my raison d’être as we say in English.
It all fell into place. The tools that feel clumsy and unyielding in one hand, felt and still feel at home in mine. I use them all, every day and have my favourites just like any craftswoman.
The process of designing a stained glass window hasn’t changed. I was taught by a master, John Lawson
who had followed in the footsteps of another, Mr Arthur Buss
 I was taught how to draw a line for stained glass painting, how to shade, see colour and form.
Then I was instructed in the choosing of the glass and the construction of the final window.
These process went on for many years until it was time for me to strike out on my own. There are days when I hear the voices of the masters guiding me and others when I throw caution to the wind.
Most of the time I am chugging away in my workshop creating windows and thinking of the next windows I’m going to design and make. Its a creative process.
The design of a stained glass window is a piece of art work. It should be beautiful in its own right. My designs are hand drawn and painted thoughtfully with good water colour paints. These represent the glass like nothing else. I have designs I made 15 years ago that look as fresh as the day I made them, thats good water colour paint for you.
The thinking is done in the making of the design, the choice of glass is half made, the thickness of line and the style and overall impact of the window are all thought out.
The process cannot be replaced by a mouse and a computer programme. That is taking the artistry from our craft. If we loose that we loose the soul from our stained glass.
Yes, lets embrace the computer and design packages but leave them for other applications. Maybe a very simple leaded light?
I trained as an artist and I will stay as one. Creating beautiful bespoke stained glass designs by hand. Some of my customers request to keep the design and they frame them.


As you may or may not know I have been designing and making bespoke stained glass and fused glass for over a quarter of a century! I love it now as much as ever if not more and throughly enjoy both the commissioning process and taking my courses. This is giving me a wonderful ‘family’ of students and customers all of whom are also in love with glass and realise that it has the potential to change your life! I mean it! The quality of light passing through coloured glass can be beautiful and uplifting. Unlike the sometimes sombre thought provoking stained glass made for places of worship and contemplation. I make windows for people, for individuals with individual likes, dislikes and tastes. This is what makes my job so satisfying and (if I dare say it) fun. Some of my students fall so in love with the process and finished results that they have found a new hobby and its my greatest pleasure to help them develop and grow. One of my students is having her first exhibition this week!

I work mainly on my own and have done so for 12 years since leaving the workshop in London where I trained. Working on my own can have its downside. I rarely get out as I am very busy! Networking is not my thing, work is. But then in April 2009 I joined a social media site called Twitter. Since then I have ‘met’ loads of lovely like minded souls. Crafters, artists, architects, social enterprises,  interior designers, garden designers, stained glass artists, foodies, bloggers, stone masons, willow workers… hey you name it I am meeting them and love to hear about the work they do and their thought on the world. I’ve even met a few in person, you know who you are you lovely people!

Twitter has opened the world up to me, a stained glass artist working in my ‘shed’ on my own and I love it. 

On March 18th 2012 my Tweeting paid dividends as I entered a Twitter competition held on Sunday nights by  Theo Paphitis, one of the BBC Dragons and entrepreneur. The competition was to Tweet your small business to @TheoPaphitis and give it the hashtag #sbs, which stands for Small Business Sunday.
A couple of thousand small businesses Tweet Mr Paphitis every sunday night and he personally choses 6 to Re-Tweet to all his 233000 followers which potentially opens up ones business up to a wider audience.

Well this was my winning Tweet! 😉

@TheoPaphitis #sbs I have a passion for decorative glass and traditional skills.I make beautiful windows to enhance living spaces and teach!
I have been given a badge made by Dylan More @aquadesign and am looking forward to meeting him and other winners this Friday at a meeting  in Birmingham! 

Christmas Fairs and Birthdays

I had a year off last year! Not the whole year you understand, just from ‘doing’ Christmas Fairs. I use them as a way of advertising my work and I need to have stuff to sell so it’s a great opportunity for me to break out of the architectural stained glass mould and burst into making kiln load after kiln load of little pocket sized glassy gifts. Yesterday was day one of Petworth House Christmas Fair, Sussex. I’m off in an hour for day 2. I’m glad I made loads of £3 stars ‘cos it means that most of you can afford a little bit of glassy sparkle in your houses this Christmas. It’s a tough economy out there, no mistake, but through everyones generosity and gift buying fun I took the same yesterday as I did 2 years ago.
It was FANTASTIC to see so many of my students visit me yesterday and Im really looking forward to today. And of course my glass wreaths sold very well!

Oh yes this is not just any cake! This is a 50’th Birthday cake carefully crafted by my lovely sister, Helen, and it’s being carefully consumed by me!
See you at Petworth today!