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What got you started in art?

When we’re out and about, teaching, demonstrating, doing Open Studios or selling at craft markets, we’re often asked – what got you started in stained glass?

Well, for Jenny, my partner in crime over at Vitreus Art, she found an artistic interest while watching her Grandfather painting with oils and making detailed models from scratch.

She subsequently attended St Albans art college; becoming a mum sadly put such frivolities on hold for some years.

Although Jenny sketched from time to time, being a busy mum and PR professional didn’t afford time to find a real niche and pursue it.

Then, while on holiday in Porthleven in Cornwall we happened across the work of a stained glass artist who sadly has moved from the area. But we both loved the colours, the simple sea themes and the light effects the pieces created in the gallery.

Returning home, we booked ourselves on to a one-day stained glass workshop to find out how hard it would be to create our own pieces.

In the meantime, I discovered the work of John Piper, the artist who created

Baptistry Window, Coventry Cathedral, by John Piper

the beautiful abstract glass for the lantern at theĀ  Liverpool Metropolitan Cathedral and the 76ft-high Baptistry Window at Coventry Cathedral.

You can see examples of the glass at both of these fabulous 20th century architectural marvels at John Piper’s website.

I worked in theatre lighting on leaving college, and I’ve always been fascinated with creating coloured and textured light effects. As a comparative youngster, I never got the chance to really test out my imagination, but the passion persisted!

6 years later, we’re now teaching, helping prospective glass artists get started, and we’ve just finalised the plans for our own 5-day workshop in Porthleven, where our passion started!

Do leave a comment and tell us how you got started in art, or what inspires you – share the passion!

Season’s greetings,
Mike