Spring 2023 Artist Talks

This series of talks will be held online using zoom webinars. Tickets are now on sale

'A Different View'- Alison Kinnaird

Alison Kinnarid, 'Subway Photographer' panel.  Photo: Robin Morton   (c) Robin Morton

Alison Kinnarid, 'Subway Photographer' panel.  Photo: Robin Morton

Wednesday 8 March 2023, 7pm (UK) (online webinar)
Tickets: £6.50 (£5 Friends of SGM)

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Wheel engraving is an ancient technique, practised for more than 2000 years. Alison Kinnaird loves to work with tradition, but believes that it is constantly moving forward. She uses the old methods of working, and combines these with modern technology, including LED lighting, and creates a story with contemporary relevance, while maintaining the very special character and unique qualities of glass. Her work ranges from small, intimate pieces, to major stained glass windows in historic buildings, where she has introduced innovative engraving techniques.

Alison Kinnaird has an international reputation as an artist working in glass. Born in Edinburgh, she studied Archaeology and Celtic Studies at Edinburgh University, but discovered glass-engraving in the studio of Harold Gordon in Forres. She has work in many public and private collections throughout the world, including the V&A Museum, Corning Museum of Glass, NY and the Scottish National Portrait Gallery. In 2002 she received a Creative Scotland Award which allowed her to experiment with combining light and glass, resulting in 'Psalmsong', now in the Scottish Parliament Collection. She also has a parallel career as one of the foremost players of the Scottish harp, and in 1997 was awarded MBE for services to Art and Music.                                                 

Read more about Alison as featured on a recent BBC news article.

Debora Coombs: A life in Stained Glass and Geometry

Wednesday 15 March 2023, 7pm (UK) (online webinar)
Tickets: £6.50 (£5 Friends of SGM)
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Debora Coombs, Man with a Bird (2009)  (c) Debora Coombs

Debora Coombs, Man with a Bird (2009)

Artist and geometer Debora Coombs received her MA in Ceramics and Glass from The Royal College of Art in London in 1985 after spending her undergraduate years at Edinburgh College of Art and Swansea College. She emigrated to the USA with her family in 1996 while creating twenty stained glass windows for St Mary’s Cathedral in Portland, Oregon.

Debora has always believed in the open sharing of information and craft skills. In 2005 she developed an ‘open’ glasspainting mixture that is now used by artists worldwide. Her techniques allow glasspaint to be moved around extensively while still wet. This preserves the natural sparkle of bare glass, allows all manner of creative textural effects including printing, and eliminates the health hazards of airborne paint. In 2007 her methods were approved by education authorities in New York for use with young children.

Cloaking Device III: Mirrored Quasicrystal (2022)  (c) Debora Coombs

Cloaking Device III: Mirrored Quasicrystal (2022)

The projection of light has always been foundational to Debora’s work in stained glass. In 2013 she began exploring mathematical projection as an additional way to investigate this phenomena. Today she uses art, design and craftsmanship to explore geometry and the nature of space. Debora published her first peer-reviewed academic paper on her research in mathematical geometry in the Proceeding of the Bridges Conference in Helsinki in 2021.

Talking Out Your Glass podcast host Shawn Waggonner has followed Debora’s work since the early days. In this thoughtful 53 min podcast episode her interview questions bring Debora’s past and present together into a single story.

Petri Anderson: The Road to Pohjola

Wednesday 22 March 2023, 7pm (UK) (online webinar)
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  (c) Petri Anderson

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).



2023 Study Tour - 20-23 April 2023 - BOOKING NOW OPEN

The museum's annual Study Tour will take place 20-23 April 2023 in Shropshire.
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  (c) Stained Glass Museum

Shropshire is a delightful county with much to offer the stained glass enthusiast. The prominent towns of Shrewsbury in the north and Ludlow in the south contain some of the most interesting and important stained glass of the medieval period. David Evans, one of the most talented artists of the early 19th century, produced much stained glass in partnership with John Betton of Shrewsbury. Betton & Evans were pioneers in the early gothic revival producing windows in both pictorial and transitional gothic styles and we will see several examples of their work. In addition, the county boasts lesser well-known examples of the work of 20th century artists such as Margaret Rope (Shrewsbury and Newport), Louis Davies, and Thomas Early of Dublin (Ludlow) amongst others. Over the course of three days we will visit more than 15 sites.

Fitness: You will need to be fit enough to get on and off a coach and undertake some walking. Given the size of Shrewsbury and proximity of sites, one day will be spent on foot in the town. The total area covered over the course of the day will not exceed more than 3-4 miles in total, and the longest stretch will be 10-15 minutes max (0.5 miles).


We will be staying at the Mercure Shrewsbury Albrighton Hall Hotel & Spa, north of Shrewsbury. Albrighton Hall is an 18th century former manor house nestled in 15 acres of grounds with an ornamental lake. Parking is available on site, and guests have complimentary internet access and TV in their rooms. Guests are also able to use the hotel’s leisure facilities including indoor heated pool, sauna, steam and ice room.


The 2023 Study Tour will be primarily guided by Dr Jasmine Allen (Director & Curator, The Stained Glass Museum).

Prices (per person)

£500 Residential single occupancy (inc. three nights bed & breakfast & evening meals)
£450 Residential double/twin occupancy (inc. three nights bed & breakfast & evening meals)
Non-residential (Please note Residential places have priority booking):
£250 Non-Residential (visits only) PLACES LIMITED

All prices include: two and a half days guided visits by coach, plus accommodation, breakfast and dinner for three nights, entrance fees to sites (where applicable), and a conference pack with site notes.

Booking Deadlines and Information

Deposit payments: are £150 per person and due by 24 February 2023.
Full payment: due by 31 March 2023.
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Student Bursary:

We are delighted that thanks to the generosity of individual museum Friends we are able to offer a Student Bursary this year. For more information please download the Bursary Application Form.
Deadline: Friday 24 February 2023, 5pm

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