How to commission Caroline's work...
Do you have a space that would be brightened up with a bespoke piece of stained glass? Light passing through the glass enhances any environment and provides the opportunity to bring design and style into your building.
With years of experience designing and creating glass I can help you with ideas and advice. I work from a purpose-built studio in Chobham, Surrey.
I provide a comprehensive design, construction, and instillation service. You may have definite ideas on the style and colour you would like, but equally you may be looking for inspiration - In either case I am here to help and guide you.
Once we have settled on an idea and rough price guide, I will visit your site to take measurements and discuss colour and style. Alternatively, you may prefer to come to my studio to look at the wonderful glass I have in stock and choose from the amazing colours to fit your design.
To start the process just simply send me an email.
In stained-glass painting, the term grisaille refers to an ornamental nonfigurative design painted in black line on colourless glass. Grisaille windows developed after a prohibition on the use of coloured glass was issued by the Cistercian Order in 1134.
The client brief here was to create a window that contained no colour. They also wanted a stag beetle on one of the leaves. It takes a while to see but the beetle is engraved in flash glass in the bottom left panel. The beatle does have a dichroic emerald shimmer that can be seen when the light reflects off this window.
This window is engrave, painted and then sealed and shimmers in the light. It also shows what is possible to achieve in a limited colour pallet. Contained in this window are green grey, blue grey and clear glass. All the glass used in this window is mouth blown English antique glass which gives by far the best quality of light and final finish.
There are many, many hours of painting and engraving in this window and it was created during the corona virus lockdown in 2020. It provided hours of therapeutic relief during that time.
Front Doors with Impact
Commissioned for a 1930s house this seven panel stained glass front door provides an immediate impact when you arrive. The client's brief was to design windows that would flow across the panels and provide a unique hand made feature.
When choosing the glass they went for green roundels to provide a pop of colour and different textures of clear glass to provide interest and privacy whilst allowing light to flood into the hallway.
The hand-made stained glass panels are encapsulated into triple glazed units and then fitted to the door frames. This provides insulation and, with toughened glass, additional peace of mind and security.
Encapsulated for warmth and security.
Mackintosh Inspired Window
Stained Glass Window displayed in a light box.
In this particular commission I spent a long time looking at the work of Rennie Mackintosh. I studied the design of the roses and the colours used in his work and decided that these needed to be red in this particular piece. The horns that flowed across the piece would allow the colour to flow across and join the entire piece together. The design was built in four sections that and reinforced with steel hidden in the leads to give strength across the piece.
Each piece fits into the heart of a lead like a jigsaw puzzle. The straight lines are much easier than the curved parts. The Mackintosh roses are particularly fiddly and time consuming. After the lead is fitted around each piece of glass the piece is soldered together at each of the joints. Then the whole piece is flipped over and soldered on the other side. It took four people to flip this piece over !
Cutting all the pieces takes a long time. Each piece is individually cut to the pattern and then ground to fit precisely into the piece. Getting the colours to all flow and match together is a part of the design process that I really enjoy. In this piece the client wanted the piece to be colourful and provide character to the room. I used a light box to see how the glass fitted together and simulated what it would look like in the light box.
The Fish Shop
The popular and successful fish shop in Camberley run by Sue Lucas was expanding into the adjoining premises. The brief was to create a strip of windows to fit the existing metal frame and structure. They wanted to bring some colour and personality into the new premises.
I chose to use strong and vibrant blocks of coloured glass. The light the picks up a spark of colour as it enters. The design is simple and effective.
The glass chosen is the same glass Tiffany used. It is manufactured using the same methods today and retains an amazing iridised shine in the light.
Both customers, staff and owners are delighted with the final results.
Shimmering iridised Tiffany glass in the light
Exhibition Panel: Vitamin C
Science is all around us and with a background working in neuroscience research I find the construction of the natural world both fascinating and inspirational.
The beauty of nature and the mathematics behind the structural organisation is the inspiration for my work in glass. Nature produces incredible structures. This piece I have recently completed is a stained glass panel inspired by the crystalline structure of Vitamin C.
I have used a microscopic picture of vitamin C as the starting point. The work is made entirely out of glass and lead created using traditional stained glass techniques. Antique hand blown flashed glass is cut and then engraved. The glass is painted and stained using silver stain. It is fired in a kiln before being leaded up into the panel submitted using traditional techniques.
This piece was selected for the highly prestigious 2019 International Festival of Glass
Abstract Lounge Window
An interesting commission. The client wanted a window to allow more natural light into a dark lounge. As the window would look directly into the neighbours garden the planning permission dictated it had to be opaque to retain privacy.
All the glass selected had either texture or was streaky. In the piece I chose to use water glass as it allows light to flood in but diffracts it slightly to retain privacy. The window was mounted behind fire proof glass (another condition of the planning) as this was a party wall. A lot of "needs" for this commission.
The final piece floods the lounge with interesting dancing light in all weathers.
Even the neighbours like looking at it from the garden on the other side !
Portal Bedroom Window
This Portal window was commissioned by a client who wanted a feature for her converted attic bedroom.
The brief was 'in the style of Cameron Mackintosh' using purple and pink tones and as opaque as possible. The window was designed with clear glass that allowed the light through but retained the privacy of the room.
Peacock Borrowed Light
This piece was commissioned for a house in Crowthorne. It was a 1920s house that had a long dark corridor connecting all the bedrooms on the first floor. In order to provide natural light into this corridor the original designers of the house had placed "borrowed" lights above each bedroom door. This allowed natural light to flood into the corridor.
I love changing borrowed lights as the natural light is designed to flood through these windows. The client brief here was to use the peacocks in the wall paper of the room in the stained glass for the borrowed light.
The piece was going to be fitted above the young girls bedroom and was to be made in pinks, blues and purples. I particularly love this colour pallet and the peacock I painted in the glass looks surprised and regal. The light that floods through the window casts particularly lovely light.
I also redesigned another window in the house. This borrowed light was above the brothers window ! He did not want something pink so I decided to keep it simple and painted his initial above the door and utilised a more boy appropriate colour palette for this particular window. The brick design followed the wallpaper in the room and again allowed the natural light to flood through the window casting amazing lights and shadow in the previously dark corridor.
Fish Borrowed Light
This large panel of stained and leaded glass was commissioned by a client in Cambridge to integrate the space between the existing living room and a new build kitchen extension.
The house was a traditional 1930s house and the brief was to use stained glass to integrate the old traditional building and the new kitchen extension. The piece contains three large fused glass panels with hand cut copper fish suspended in the glass.