John Reyntiens, stained glass artist
‘Still finding my way - a career in stained glass’
Thursday 30 June 2016, 6.15pm
The Art Worker’s Guild, London
It was always going to be tough following in the footsteps of my father, Patrick Reyntiens, and finding my own way forward. In this talk I chart my progress from working with Graham Jones on his windows in Poets’ Corner in Westminster Abbey (1996), to my Diamond Jubilee Window for the Queen in Westminster Hall (2012).
Until I was 11 years old I lived in an art school. My parents ran Burleighfield House, a private art school at our house outside High Wycombe where international students came to study pottery, painting, print making, and of course stained glass. It was an institution that drew many of the today's leading glass artists to study: Stuart Reid, Doreen Balabanoff, Danny Lane, Ray King, Leifur Breidfjord. I made my first stained glass window aged nine. By the time I was 12 I had retired from stained glass and my parents had lost their art centre. After years of ballet school, art school, restaurant work and travelling I ended up working for Graham Jones at the age of 29.
I set up my own studio in 1997 and in the same year won the tender to re-do all the stained glass in Windsor Castle (besides the Chapel) after the great fire of 1992. Since then, as well as making over a dozen windows for my father between 1995 and 2015, I’ve made my own work in schools, churches,
chapel in the UK Chandler Hospital in Lexington, Kentucky (2011), pictured below right. Along with designing and making the Diamond Jubilee Window for Her Majesty the Queen installed in the North Window at Westminster Hall in 2012, I’ve also undertaken substantial restoration and conservation work in Westminster and elsewhere.
Tickets: £15 (Friends £12.50)
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