Dave Griffin is a stained glass artist based in the Peak District in Derbyshire. He works throughout the UK

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About me

This website gives you an introduction to my work as a designer and maker of original commissioned window and door panels which are made using traditional techniques and materials.

The glass I use is specially chosen to suit the location and ambient light, and as a result the shade and quality of each piece changes with both the weather and the time of day.

Panels are especially designed in full partnership with clients, and have also been exhibited nationally.

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Commissions

Stained glass commissions are undertaken both locally and nationally.

Commissioning a stained glass panel allows you to acquire a unique piece of art which above all is an expression of your ideas.

A complete service is provided from conception through to completion, and I aim to involve you fully in the design process.

My inspiration comes from the beauty of shapes and forms found in nature.

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STAINED GLASS COURSES


Introductory Stained Glass Course

Dates for 2019

Friday 12th – Sunday 14th April – only 2 places remaining

Friday 20th – Sunday 22nd September

This 3 day long-weekend course will provide you with an introduction to the design and making of decorative stained glass panels.

It will focus on the practical aspects of design, glass cutting and soldering with a view to completing your own small project using traditional leading techniques.

The cost for the three days is £405; this includes the provision of all tools and materials required, plus fresh tea and coffee.

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SHOWS & EXHIBITIONS


 Next show:

2019 dates to be announced…


TESTIMONIALS

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We live in a fairly old house that was once the manse for the nearby Baptist chapel. The building has an arched window in the porch and we wanted to install a stained-glass window that was in keeping with both the style and history of the location. We also wanted to use a legacy from a long-standing family friend who died at an unexpectedly early age to fund the installation and for the window to act as a personal memorial to her.

There is an area of Cumbria (The Howgills) that is very precious to us – we honeymooned there and go walking regularly in that area. We also wanted the window to represent our love of this unique part of the country. We met up with Dave Griffin and were immediately struck by how well he understood what we were trying to achieve – his enthusiasm for the project from the outset shone through. From a series of photographs that we had taken over the last few years of the area he was able to put together a design.

We were overwhelmed when he showed it to us, it was exactly what we had envisaged. He showed us samples of the different types of glass that he proposed to use and we could immediately see how well they would work. We had no hesitation in commissioning the finished piece. When he arrived to install the finished window we were absolutely blown away with what he had achieved. It had not only fulfilled the initial brief but had exceeded it. The painstaking manner in which he completed the installation (having liaised with a local craftsman over the installation of an oak frame to surround it) bore testament not only to his craftsmanship but also the love and care that he had put into making the window.

Words are not adequate to express the appreciation for the window that Dave made and installed for us – when the sun shines through it then it is literally breath-taking. “Cumbrian Landscape” is a unique piece of art that we will treasure for the rest of our lives – thank you, Dave, for creating something very special and magical.

Richard & Denise, 2018

I commissioned Dave to create two panels for our inner front door. Our Edwardian house would have had decorative glass, which unfortunately had been removed in the past.
I did not want to reconstruct the past, but create a new piece of art which would reflect my taste and compliment the house.
After some thought and research, I produced a sketch of my idea, which I discussed with Dave. He suggested types of glass and colours, and seemed to understand what I wanted to achieve. When he emailed his design I was very pleased with his interpretation of my drawing. He caught the flow, colour, mood and lightness I wanted.
Now every time I descend the stairs or walk from the kitchen to the living room I smile, as I am bathed in wonderful colours and light. Even when it is dark outside the design and colour are a joy

Claire Chable, 2017

Dear Dave, I would like to thank you for our amazing stained glass window. You captured exactly the design and colours we wanted for the round window in our bedroom….. it just brings the room to Life! It was great working with you to create the design of the Perle D’Azure Clematis , a nod to our Horticultural Nursery as we are now retired. Thanks also for coming to fit the window. It is truly inspirational and unique to us!

Sylvia and Tony Slater, 2016

We asked Dave to design two front door panels and transom above, to give our bed and breakfast an impressive look. He did not disappoint . Dave worked with us on ideas to reflect our love of the Peak District with stylised glass work bringing out great colours and textures resulting in a fantastic piece of art. Dave kept in touch all the way through the process and is obviously a very skilled craftsman. Thank you very much..

Maggie and Brent Storey, 2016