I'm a stained glass artist inspired by medieval, allegorical art. I want to elevate stained glass to be an art form in its own right, rather than it always being subservient to architecture, religion or interior design. Although I can also make large architectural windows, I find that making light boxes, to be displayed on a wall like glowing paintings, allows me greater artistic freedom, intimacy and spontaneity.
As well as the traditional methods developed by medieval monks, I use layering, engraving, sandblasting, diamond filing, paints and inks to create depth and detail.
My goal is to make beautiful work with which to seduce the eye, but crucially, to deal with contemporary subject matter, telling darkly humorous stories from modern life.
I make both light boxes and architectural pieces, but I want to elevate stained glass to be a contemporary art form in its own right, rather than it always being subservient to religion or interior design. I believe the storytelling power of stained glass has been forgotten, while the common assumption that it's a conservative art form clings on – this is what I want to challenge through my work.
"An Intimate Gathering' (2020) is a dream of a non-socially-isolated tea party, with a sly reference to Baroness Harding's 'cherry on the cake'."
"Black Friday and the Ghosts of Thrift' (2019) reflects upon the days when we used to save up all year to go to the department store for a new winter coat, then meet our friends for a nice cup of tea from a china cup. Nowadays, it's all fast-fashion, BOGOFs, single-use plastic bags and closing-down sales."
2021 An Tobar, Mull,group
2021 Craftspace UKTouring Exhibition, group
2020 Glass Lives,Northlands Creative, group
2020 Tatha GalleryChristmas Show, group
2020 Kilmorack Gallery, nr Inverness, group
2020 Henry Boxer@ OrleansHouse Gallery, London, group
2019 Outside In, PianoNobile, London, group
2019 Kilmorack Gallery,Beauly, group
2019 John Ruskin Prize,Holden Gallery Manchester, group
2019 Outsider Art Fair ,Henry Boxer Gallery, New York, USA, group
2018 ‘Art of Glass’National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, UK, group,
curated bySarah Rothwell and Bryony Windsor.
2018/9 ‘Art of Glass’National Centre for Craft and Design, Sleaford, UK, group
2018 Outsider Art Fair ,Henry Boxer Gallery, New York, USA, group
2017 Outsider Art Fair ,Henry Boxer Gallery, New York, USA, group
2016-17 ‘Radical Craft’ ,Pallant House Chichester and touring, UK, group
curated byCraftspace, Laura Hamilton and Outside In.)
2016 Perth Art Galleryand Museum, UK, group
2016 Birnam Arts,Perthshire, UK, solo
2015 Scottish GlassSociety Coburg House Edinburgh, UK, group
2018 Two windows celebratingthe life of Robert Bontine Cunningham Graham,
the Smith Art Gallerypermanent collection, Stirling UK.
2015 Memorial window forCharles Kennedy MP, Coul Parish Church, Fort William, UK
2012 Two large ’Tree of Life'windows, Muirhead of Liff Parish Church, Dundee, UK
2011 'The Family' stainedglass panel, Chalmers Sexual Health Clinic, Edinburgh, UK
Winner John Byrne Prize for Skill and Artistry, 2020
Shortlisted John Ruskin Prize, 2019
Shortlisted Jerwood Makers 2018
Winner, Zealous Emerge CraftAward, 2018
Shortlisted, Fergusson Art Award 2013
Shortlisted, Saltire SocietyArts and Architecture Award 2012
Shortlisted, Jerwood Makers2011
National Museum of Scotland short film about mywork, 2018
BBC Scotland Loop profile on Vimeo (password Pinkie) https://vimeo.com/332620753
Interview on BBC Radio 4 ‘Woman’s Hour’ feature about craft andmental health, 2016.
This work reflects upon the days when we used to save up all year to go to the department store for a new winter coat, then meet our friends for a nice cup of tea from a china cup. Nowadays, it's all fast-fashion, BOGOFs, single-use plastic bags and closing-down sales."