Fire, Light & Shade Exhibition

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I'm delighted to be taking part in a group exhibition in Ilkley Manor House, Yorkshire in the Autumn along with fellow stained glass artists Jonathan Cooke, Rachel Phillips, Simon Howard and Catrin Davies.

Ilkley Manor House, Castle Yard, Ilkley, West Yorkshire, LS29 9DT

14th - 16th September 2018, 10.30 - 5.00pm


Capturing Magic - The Making of Stained Glass

A great short film showing some of the processes and supplier I use in my work, enjoy…

This film shows the materials and methods used for making stained glass from medieval times to now. The film has been made in partnership between The Stained Glass Museum, Ely and The Stained Glass Centre, York. It was shot on location in Ely Cathedral, The Stained Glass Museum in Ely, York Minster, York Glaziers Trust, the Salisbury Stained Glass Studio, and the workshops at English Antique Glass in Wolverhampton.

The film was completed under the guidance of the two partnership institutions by the Creative Director of Historyworks, Helen Weinstein, with Sound by Jon Calver and Edit by Ross Casswell, the team at Historyworks.

To find out more about the range of public history and media projects at Historyworks - go to:

To find out more about The Stained Glass Centre in York - go to:

To find out more about The Stained Glass Museum in Ely - go to:

To contact Historyworks if you would like a film made for a museum, gallery, university project, library, archive, or heritage site, email the Creative Director, Helen Weinstein =


Friends of the Makers Guild Studio Visit

It was lovely to have the Friends of the Makers Guild of Wales in the studio last week where I demonstrated some of the techniques I use and show some work in progress for my upcoming exhibition…

If you're interested in becoming a friend of the Maker Guild take a look here…

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Made By Hand Favourite

I'm very pleased to have Sue Herdman choose my work as one of her five favourites at this year's Made By Hand this coming November.

A piece of luminous stained glass – and it need only be small in size – can be such a space enhancer. The work that comes from the studio of award-winning artist Christian Ryan is, he says, a combination of his love for ‘painting, graphics, craft and architecture.’ For me it is the mix of a traditional craft, executed with a deft contemporary approach, that makes Christian’s work so beguiling.

Last Course Dates

There's only two more dates available for my stained glass courses. Due to needing more space in the workshop and keeping my commissioned workflow going I'll be resting my courses for a while so it's the last opportunity to book a place on the remaining dates!

STAINED GLASS TASTER DAY - Friday 16th June - £120

The stained glass taster day serves as an introduction to the techniques of stained glass. You will have a go at cutting glass and assembling a small panel to take home with you. There's only 4 places on a course so there's plenty of one to one time.

2 DAY STAINED GLASS COURSE - Thursday 18th & Friday 19th May - £240

The two day stained glass course offers a more in depth experience of how to make a stained glass panel. You will learn how to cut glass, draw a design, choose your colours, lead, solder, cement and clean. There's only 4 places on a course so there's plenty of one to one time.

St David Lewis RC Church, Bettws, Newport

The design for the window is a reflection of the history of the church and represents the sentiment in the following words when discussing its founders, ‘Their faith was strong, their spirit relentless, their sacrifices great’

The church is symbolised in the centre of the window with the circular form and paten or communion plate representing the sacrament of Holy Communion and the bringing together of people. This central motif frames all the other symbols.

The words ‘Faith, Spirit, Sacrifice’ are symbolised by using the dove to represent the Spirit, the cross as a symbol of sacrifice, in Christ’s sacrifice for our salvation, and the symbol of the Jesuits referring to St David Lewis, whom the church is dedicated to, as a symbol of faith in his act of martyrdom. Underneath the cross are root like shapes symbolising the roots of the church’s congregation of Irish families. The roots turn into the cross and behind the cross faded in the background is the shamrock leaf, used by St Patrick as a metaphor for the Holy Trinity. The multicoloured flecks moving to the centre of the window represents the welcome to the Church from other cultures of the world with the daffodil, appearing to the left of the cross, reflecting a new home in Wales. The colour blue as well as being a beautiful colour in glass is also a symbol of faith, truth and reflection.

The Lodge Window, The Cathedral School, Llandaff

The Lodge window was commissioned by The Cathedral School, Llandaff to commemorate the opening of the new building that houses the nursery and infant school.

The design was made in collaboration with the pupils and was developed after running a series of workshops with the pupils where we made drawings of leaves and seeds. The drawings were then collaged to make the final design into a tree form with the theme of nurture and growth.

Read more about the making of The Lodge Window

Private Residence, Cowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan

These windows were commissioned for an extension to an old property where a new stone window opening was made to match an existing one on the first floor. The leaf motif was developed to create a patchwork effect of coloured glass over clear reamy and seedy hand blown glass that sparkle and play with the light. The coloured areas were painted with a light wash of glass paint to diffuse the light and let the glass glow, contrasting with the clears. The windows were installed using traditional glazing methods.

The Niblett Panels

This double door was commissioned after meeting the clients in The Contemporary Craft Festival in Bovey Tracey. Each panel depicts an aspect of the interests and passions of their lives, from singing in a choir and collecting ceramics to the allotment and growing auriculas.

Online Shop Launch

I've finally got an online shop! It's taken a while but now you can buy a selection of stained glass decorations and stained glass collage panels. All of the pieces are unique and use traditional stained glass techniques. They are painted using kiln fired glass paints on hand blown and rolled glass then leaded together. I'll be putting some more work on over the next few months, feel free to take a look around… 

Made By Hand Film

Have a look at this great film by R&A Collaborations of Made By Hand 2016. I'm in there and I think I'm talking at one point although to me it sounds like my alter ego…

Made by Hand will showcases a highly selective group of makers & artists set in the sumptuous surrounding of Cardiff's City Hall. This premier event is part of a portfolio of events organised by Sarah James & Nina Fox. Sarah & Nina also organise the multi award winning, The Contemporary Craft Festival in Bovey Tracey and founded Made by Hand at Tredegar House near Newport.

Best Maker In Wales Award

I was very pleased to be awarded the 'Best Maker In Wales' award at this years Made By Hand in Cardiff. It was a real honour to receive the award at such a great show where all the work is of such a high standard. Many thanks to Sarah and the team for putting on such a great event. Looking forward to next year!


Gallery Nine Summer Exhibition

I'm very pleased to be part of this years summer exhibition at Gallery Nine in Bath. My work has been packed and sent today ready for display. The exhibition is on from Friday 1st Jult - Wednesday 31st August. 

Christian Ryan

Robert Race

Paul Cleden

Andrew Pavitt

Samuel Waterhouse

Anna Lambert

For further information contact Gallery Nine below…

Galley Nine, 9B Margarets Buildings, Bath BA7 2LP

Tel: 01225 319197