How the winter flew here at the studio on Woolley grange farm! I have completed a brand new work, a large stained glass window in memory of Laurence Glye Hodson and his wife Marjorie Elizabeth Hodson. It is for the beautiful chapel of St Peter’s, Petersham, Surrey. It took around four and a half months to complete the new work and the opening night was filled with warmth and joy. It is so lovely after months of deliberating and working hard to achieve exactly the desired effects that the stained glass can give that it is received with such joy. Suszie Vignobles initially drew out the design because she knew Glye and therefore understood what he would have wanted as subject matter for the window. I had to modify the design according to how the stained glass would be made and of course I have my own way of painting and style. It is always wonderful working with my clients on new work to achieve their heart felt ambitions for the final window.
Work at St Cyriac’s in Lacock has been ongoing since last April 2018. We have been cleaning and repairing at all different levels in the church and work is ongoing for the next few months. Restoration and conservation work is always done with the upmost excellence. The Vicar and his wife are very pleased to see their church sparkling and renewed for the future years ahead. St Cyriac’s in Lacock is a church where thousands of people come to visit every year. There is a medieval tomb where the ornate ceiling is a beauty and the sunlight through the coloured glass bathes the church in ambient light.
In the past year I have restored a few beautiful painted pieces of glass including the Virgin Mary’s head and shoulders in the main East window of St Michael’s, Yeovil, Somerset and the shepherd boy’s head, shoulders and back in the bell tower West window at St Cyriac’s, Lacock. I have also had to joy of meeting wonderful people all over the South West and in Surrey and discussing art and stained glass of our past and future.
Work continues at St Cyriac’s as leaded lights are releaded and brought back to life with renewed strength and vigor. I am also enjoying having the barn door open at the studio on Woolley grange farm where the gentle rain and warmer days are slowly coming back as Spring emerges.