Petri Anderson: Woodland scenes

8 April 2023 – 1 September 2023

Normal admission charges apply. Free for Annual pass holders.

With the magical beauty and slight foreboding akin to Tolkien’s Fangorn Forest, Petri Anderson's painted and stained glass panels entrance the viewer with their mystical lighting and vivid natural imagery. - Shawn Waggoner
Detail: Petri Anderson, 'Lion and Unicorn' (2022)  (c) Petri Anderson

Detail: Petri Anderson, 'Lion and Unicorn' (2022)

These dramatic woodland vistas are inspired by the woodland habits of Anderson’s Finnish roots and local English woodlands nearby Anderson’s current home in the Chiltern Hills. The scenes are punctuated by vivid depictions of animals, some of which are native - the badger, deer, squirrel and owl, and others more exotic and even mythical – the lynx, lion, and unicorn. These juxtapositions create scenes with natural imagery that is simultaneously familiar and out of place.

Many of these panels have an added political dimension with animals symbolising seismic changes in nation and state, shifts in leadership and power, as well as the global impact of climate change. Anderson employs both traditional kiln-fired glass paints and enamels and acid-etching areas of coloured glass to achieve both finely painted detail and rich colour hues.

Petri Anderson AMGP studied restoration glass painting under Peter Archer and Alfred Fisher in 1989, and in the late 1990s succeeded Archer as head designer and painter at Chapel Studio in Hertfordshire. In 2005 he established his own studio, Mongoose Stained Glass, and undertakes domestic and ecclesiastical commissions as well as restoration work. Anderson's work can be seen across the country in parish churches, cathedrals, private homes, schools, colleges and city livery companies. Liturgical projects include the Pat Salvage memorial window for St. Nicholas Church in Kelvedon Hatch, which received a diocesan award for design, and three windows for St. Andrews Church, Hyde Heath. In recent years his portfolio has taken on a new dimension with work in Japan, Central Asia, Finland and the Caribbean. Petri is an Associate member of the British Society of Master Glass Painters (BSMGP).

Hear Petri talking about his work on Shawn Waggoner’s ‘Talking Out your Glass’ podcast Season 7, Episode 6.

‘With a Touch of Glass’, The story of the creation of two stained glass windows - from design to installation - for a college chapel, by Petri Anderson of Mongoose Stained Glass near Watford, UK.


Stevens Architectural Glass Competition

1 July 2023 – 12 August 2023

  (c) Stained Glass Museum

A selection of architectural glass panels which were all submitted as competition entries for the 2023 Stevens Architectural Glass Competition, organised annually by the Worshipful Company of Glaziers & Painters of Glass’ (‘The Glaziers’ Company’). Open to international student glass artists and designers and those who have commenced their vocation in glass within the last eight years, the competition gives emerging stained glass artists an opportunity to compete for a real-life commission.

The 2023 competition was to design two, 1350mm(w) x 2070mm(h) contemporary architectural
glass screens to be installed inside two large window recesses in the reception of a new office development by the Mercers’ Company at 4a Frederick’s Place, The Whittington Building, in the City of London.

Some of the full-scale sample glass panels submitted for the competition, made by artists from across the UK and Europe, will be featured in this exhibition. Each panel shows a section of the overall window, giving an impression of the artist’s individual response to the commission. Entries were judged anonymously by a panel of judges.

Previous Exhibitions


Summer (1 April – 31 October)
Tuesday -Saturday 10:00am – 5:00pm (last admission 4:30pm)

Winter (1 November – 31 March)
Tuesday -Saturday 10:00am – 4:00pm (last admission 3:30pm)






The Stained Glass Museum is an independent accredited museum and registered charity no. 1169842.

Make a donation:


User login