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Artist’s Statement

Drawing is at the heart of my work. I use it to describe the world I see and imagine. Stained glass is the medium I choose to express myself in. The glorious colours and light of stained glass fill me with delight. I can achieve intricate detail with painting and engraving techniques that involve the use of a kiln. My work takes time, patience and the highest quality materials to produce.

Since winning the Surrey Artist of the Year award in 2014 my focus has shifted from commissioned work to exploring stories that I want to share. My Seven Ages of Man series is the story of my father’s life interwoven with Shakespeare’s words and the yearly cycle of a grape vine. The panels have been exhibited at Strawberry Hill House, the birthplace of the Gothic Revival.

The changing seasons are a recurring theme. My depiction of the Labours of the Months, now in Godalming Museum, is a contemporary take on a medieval subject. The panels were purchased with a grant from the V&A.

I am rooted in the rich historical tradition of stained glass. It is challenging, fascinating and exciting to work with the same techniques and materials that have been used for nearly a thousand years.

Education

I originally studied Fine Art at Coventry, and specialised in printmaking, particularly etchings and later, linocuts. Having graduated in 1987 I set up as a printmaker, but when I discovered stained glass in an evening class a couple of years later I was instantly enthralled.

By the age of 30, I had a Post Graduate in stained glass from Central St Martins, and an M.A. in Public Art from Chelsea. I set up my first stained glass studio with help from the Princes Youth Business Trust in 1995. Almost immediately I was given a commission for a school in Sunderland, and I have worked to commission ever since.

My studies continue as I learn from other artists. I am an associate of the British Society of Master Glass Painters BSMGP and I regularly attend lectures and conferences to learn more about stained glass. www.bsmgp.org

 

Teaching

To keep stained glass alive and flourishing it needs to be taught and the skills need sharing. I run workshops from my studio in Farncombe, which is 45 minutes from Waterloo by train. Spaces are strictly limited. I help students from complete beginners to experienced professionals to reach their artistic potential. Students achieve stunning results because they use the finest handmade glass that I use myself. Tea and coffee are freely available. On the day courses you can join me for some homemade soup and a roll or bring your own lunch. If you can get a group of 3-4 people together I can put on a class at a time that is mutually convenient. The cost is £20 per person per hour.

I have teamed up with Jessica Stroud and Maggie Beal to bring glass fusing workshops to my studio. The half day course is suitable for beginners.

Drop-in Classes

I have a few spaces for students who are keen to learn from me. Students work on their own projects and learn at their own pace. Please email me to find a mutually convenient time.

Glass Engraving and Painting

A one-day or half-day workshop where I will introduce the materials and techniques I use in my own practice. Includes glass cutting, engraving and painting techniques. Glass can be collected or posted once it is fired. 

Stained Glass Weekend 

A two-day workshop that includes glass cutting, engraving, painting and leading techniques. Students can take home a finished panel.

Glass Fusing Workshop

A half-day workshop that covers glass fusing techniques. Includes materials. The finished pieces can be collected or posted once they are fired.

Lectures and Talks

I give talks about my work to arts organisations, museums and groups. Please contact me if you would like more information.

Dates for Workshops

Saturday 23 June 10am-4pm. Glass engraving and painting with Rachel Mulligan £120

Saturday 14 July 10am-1pm or 2pm-5pm. Introduction to glass engraving and painting with Rachel Mulligan £60

28/29 July 10am-4pm daily. Stained glass weekend with Rachel Mulligan £240

Tuesday 14 August 10am-4pm. Glass engraving and painting with Rachel Mulligan £120

Saturday 18 August 10am-1pm or 2pm-5pm. Introduction to glass engraving and painting with Rachel Mulligan £60 

Friday 14th September 10.30-1.30. Glass Fusing with Jessica Stroud £60

15/16 September 10am-4pm daily. Stained glass weekend with Rachel Mulligan £240

Wednesday 26th September 10am-4pm. Glass engraving and painting with Rachel Mulligan £120

Sunday 7 October 10am-1pm or 2pm-5pm. Introduction to glass engraving and painting with Rachel Mulligan £60

Friday 19th October 10.30-1.30. Glass Fusing with Maggie Beal £60

Saturday 20 October 10am-1pm or 2pm-5pm. Introduction to glass engraving and painting with Rachel Mulligan £60

Saturday 3 November 10am-4pm. Glass engraving and painting with Rachel Mulligan £120

17/18 November 10am-4pm daily. Stained glass weekend with Rachel Mulligan £240

Saturday 8 December 10am-1pm or 2pm-5pm. Glass engraving and painting Christmas decorations with Rachel Mulligan £60

Saturday 19 January 10am-4pm. Glass engraving and painting with Rachel Mulligan £120

Saturday 16 February 10am-1pm or 2pm-5pm. Introduction to glass engraving and painting with Rachel Mulligan £60

Sunday 10 March 10am-4pm. Glass engraving and painting with Rachel Mulligan £120

Please email me  to reserve a place.

The Studio
1 Furze Lane
Godalming
Surrey
GU7 3NW

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