Day out to Glaziers Art Fair 26 October 2016

Glaziers Art Fair 2016

An opportunity to visit the Worshipful Company of Glaziers and Painters of Glass venue in Southwark to see a multitude of glass makers and artists showing their work was too good an opportunity to miss and it did not disappoint. Perhaps the only frustration was for the exhibitors as so few tickets had sold – perhaps £10 admission, no advance catalogue or online catalogue was a deterrent for many. However, the lack of visitors turned the event into a kind of symposium as artists found they had time to explore each other’s work, chat and reflect on their own work and talk about what else they do.

Handed a catalogue on arrival I discovered there were around 60 exhibitors in 4 areas of the building organised in no particular order and this blog follows my random wanderings and chats.

Lynnette Wrigley, whose stained glass sourcebook has been used by many of us showed a variety of fused work.Based in Hammersmith, her quill feathers and delicate frit work painting of a blue tit were her standout pieces. We had an interesting chat about the perils of publishing and surviving as women glassmakers in the 70’s and 80’s – food for thought.

The Lemons’ geometric colourful woodcut prints and glossy blue glazed ceramics were refreshing. Father and daughter Thomas and Rachel from Rainham and Brighton were lovely to chat with – colours, glazes and West Ham – you never know where a conversation may take you.

Rachel Elliott’s stand was covered with her water jet cut animals and delicate jewellery made with spectrum glass printed with animals and motifs. Based in Glasgow she has a great variety of work and courses on screen printing on glass – just what I’m looking for!

Moving on past the photographer, the seamstress and some more glass I reach ‘This is Alice’ – a small exhibition of conceptual pieces, different body parts squeezed  inside the base of bottles – fingers, ear, lips. Wistful and sad rather than celebratory Alice Wheatley’s work leaves many unanswered questions and opened the door into the inner artist. Sandwiched between the glass practitioner makers’ stands on either side it was difficult to take in.  Reflections of entrapment continued upstairs with a wonderful display of needlework and needlepoint made by prison inmates trained by Fine Cell Work, the quality and intensity of the work was incredible.

After these challenges of conceptual and therapeutic work I moved back into familiar territory and had a chat with Sarah Brown. She has a refreshing and different approach to glass with her architectural and illustrative work showing people in everyday life.  Her glass sketches of Borough Market were very effective and we shared thoughts about being inspired by Japan. Her study trip to that country recorded in images is bound in a lovely book.

Japanese artist Nobuyasu Yoshida‘s work was also different – cast pate de verre the pieces stretched dripped glass between two sides of the small work, as well as producing vessels with a felt like appearance that were smooth to touch. The Naked Craft Project stood out from the traditional and challenged boundaries – I really liked it.

The familiar work of Siddy Langley displayed by the window outclassed its neighbours and looked wonderful with many colourful and large pieces. I caught up with Siddy’s news, skylights are being installed in her gallery in Devon, more progress but always being delayed by the fun that can be had in the glass blowing studio.  After that it was back to exploring new unknown (to me) artists. Carolyn Barlow told me she was writing a poem about her response to one piece of work which was unexpected – her work had a depth that drew you in but she seemed to move onto the next before it was completely finished so it was a bit breathless and rustic. Nathalie Hildegarde Liege who is based in the West Midlands had some lovely representations of vegetables in stained glass, and Brett Manley had some dishes with 400 year old prints of the River Thames – showing Glaziers Hall.

Conversation with Jonathan Spiller about making a career in stained glass later in life, the huge number of women compared to men who have taken it up, and Chagall was enjoyable.  Jonathan is also an IT person and has produced some wonderful digital art work which is abstracted into bold stained glass that should be produced on a grand scale in church size buildings – it is not surprising that he was Highly Commended in the Steven’s Prize for his Titanic Window design.  Derek Hunt, who I remember from the BSMGP 30cm2 show in which I also exhibited, has a large portfolio of work – I talked to him about technology for replaying memories in windows and my mobile phone stained glass panel.  Maybe memorial windows could be more interactive? I’m not sure he was sold on the idea. Derek is based not far from Leicester where I’d been at University so we compared notes. Stopping to purchase Jonathan Cooke’s little ‘how to’ book on stained glass painting and to learn that he supplied Walpole stain I moved on to take a second look at Jamal Rafay’s striking painted work. The compelling eyes of the pre-Raphaelite style figures in his work draw you to look closer, he also has some humour in his little characters.  Finally, also showing was a section of the amazing stained glass windows ‘Roots of Knowledge’ made by Holdman Studios and the University of Utah, a testament to the enthusiasm and dedication of Tom Holdman and the university community it was incredibly detailed and very impressive.

Here are some links (cut and paste into your browser):


Glass Blowing

Adam Aaronson in Surrey

Siddy Langley in Devon

Stained Glass

Jamal Rafay  in Oldbury Birmingham

Derek Hunt in Leicestshire

Lynette Wrigley in North London

Nathalie Hildegarde Liege in Shrewsbury

Jonathan Cooke in West Yorks

Illustration and Glass

Sarah Brown in Gloucs area

Printing on glass

Rachel Elliott in Glasgow

Other references:

Holdman Studios and see also:

Fine Cell Work –

Jonathan Spiller

Brett Manley

Carolyn Barlow

Nobuyasu Yoshida Naked Craft Project

FYI Print your own book e.g.

Bucks Open Studios 2016


11-4 daily 18 to 26 June

The Chapel Little Marlow Cemetery Fern Lane SL7 3SD  @glassthechapel

This is our 7th year at The Chapel in Fern Lane and this week – 10 days before opening we are busy with the last minute finishing, polishing and planning for our show.  This year we are each producing a new piece of work to the theme of the River Thames which flows through Little Marlow.  I am making a series of postcards which show the River Thames and Bourne End. Bourne End is sometimes confused with a town of the same name near Kings Langley and there is a half hearted attempt to avoid this confusion by naming our village Bourne End on Thames.  The photos are reproduced in sepia on white, cream or blue opaque glass on one side and a postcard description on the reverse. It was fun taking the photos and thinking about what might be of interest to our visitors. I can do postcards to commission using personal photos.

Over the past year I’ve been working with a group of artists – The Askett Studio Group on proposals for exhibitions. We have made rondels for a garden installation and Marilia and I made a large panel for Waddesdon Manor.  More on that when we know for sure that the exhibition at Waddeson will be happening – currently planned for 2018.  Our other submission has just been delayed until 2017 – that was at Kew Gardens.  I’m very excited about the idea of showing my work with others at Kew as I spent the first 7 years of my life living in Kew and visited so many times I still know it like it is my own garden.

I’ve also been developing and honing my mould making skills and kiln form sculptures and with the Askett Group I attended a course with Max Jacquard and made a very pleasing vessel which is now awaiting cold work – a few hours with the dremmel and polisher is need to complete it.

This is likely to be our last year at the The Chapel as we are going in different directions with our work and looking to exhibit in new ways that our little venue (still without a loo) cannot accommodate or maybe we will  be there but in a different guise…Flint and Glass



Jane Vincent Glass Abbey Rise Studio

Twitter @abbeyrisestudio



I’ve been a glass artist, designer and maker,  for over 25 years. I trained in traditional leaded stained glass methods, sculptural kiln cast work, and fused and slumped pieces. I work with stained glass, using different types and textures of coloured glass well as kiln formed and moulded glass. I hand paint, or print on the glass and also incorporate found objects, ceramic and agates into my traditionally leaded panels.

Member of the Contemporary Glass Society

Exhibiting this year 2016

Bucks Open Studios 18-26 June The Chapel Little Marlow Cemetery Bucks 11 – 4  @glassthechapel

Flint and Glass

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