davebigWith the aid of local business organizations and support from Peak District Artisans, my business has evolved over the years and moved through a succession of larger and brighter workshops. Skills as a glazier and artist have continued to be developed by attending various courses in topics such as traditional glasspainting, staining and enameling.

I especially enjoy creating panels for the exhibitions hosted by the British Society of Master Glass Painters (such as the recent Games 2012 Exhibition). These aim to showcase the work of a wide spectrum of glass artists and demonstrate the diversity and creativity alive in the craft today.

Abstract owl panel
Abstract owl panel
Abstact panel based on natural theme with owl, private commission, 1450 x 420 mm, December 2012. One of a pair of hallway entrance windows made with English Antique streaky, Lamberts mouthblown and Spectrum waterglass, detailed with traditional glass painting.
Abstract kingfisher panel
Abstract kingfisher panel
Abstract panel based on natural theme with kingfisher, private commission, 1450 x 420 mm, December 2012. One of a pair of hallway entrance windows made with English Antique streaky, Lamberts mouthblown and Spectrum waterglass, detailed with traditional glass painting.
Music room door panel
Music room door panel
Music Room door panel set in newly-made oak door, 2005. Private commission based on the client's own violin, made with Spectrum waterglass, English Antique, Urobouros and Verrerie de Saint-Just antique.
Abstract front door panel
Abstract front door panel
Abstract door panel, private commission, April 2007. Made with English Antique streaky and pot colours, Spectrum waterglass and Youghiogheny cathedral and glass nuggets.
High Peak abstract landscape panel
High Peak abstract landscape panel
Abstract window panel based on elements of the High Peak landscape, oak frame. Private commission, June 2006. Made with English Antique, Spectrum waterglass and Bullseye fusible. Painted and silverstained.
Bradford Dale stairwell panel
Bradford Dale stairwell panel
Abstract landscape based on Bradford Dale, near Youlgrave, Derbyshire. Private commission, July 2005. Made with English Antique, Kokomo, Spectrum Waterglass, and Spectrum Translucent.
Peacock Feather
Peacock Feather
Abstract hanging panel based on a highly magnified view of a peacock feather. Artist's own collection, March 2006. Made with English Antique, Kokomo, Spectrum waterglass, and Bullseye fusible. Painted, stained and enamelled.
Traditional front door panel
Traditional front door panel
Door panel made in a traditional style with a contemporary twist. Private Commission, 2006. Based on the theme of the oak tree, Made with clear float, English Antique and rondels.
Cornish abstract window
Cornish abstract window
Abstract window panel, private commission, August 2007. The brief for this window was to create a panel which included an abstract reference to the Mên-an-Tol standing stones near Morven in Cornwall. Made with English Antique streaky and pot colours, Spectrum waterglass, Youghiogheny fusible and glass nuggets. Decorated with painting and enamelling.
Front door panel
Front door panel
Front door panel based on the theme of the white magnolia flower, 2006. Created with English Antique glasses.
Porthole window
Porthole window
Abstract hallway porthole window created with English Antique and Wissmach cathedral glasses. Based on the theme of the oak tree.
Stairwell window
Stairwell window
Abstract stairwell window created to complement previous commission, made in March 2008 with Ensglish Antique and various Spectrum glasses.
Abstract door surround window
Abstract door surround window
Contemporary abstract painted panels for hallway entrance, 2m x 3m, January 2006. Made with English Antique streaky, Armstrong cathedral, Spectrum waterglass and Spectrum baroque, embellished with painting.
Abstract window panel
Abstract window panel
Abstract stairwell panel, December 2007. Made with English Antique glasses and Spectrum baroque + waterglass, detailed with traditional painting.
Hallway picture window
Hallway picture window
Hallway 'picture' window with an abstract design, approximately 0.9m x 1.9m. Completed in February 2010 using a selection of Lamberts and English Antique mouthblown glasses. The brief for this window was to create an abstract design which formed a centrepiece for the hallway, and provided different interest at different times.
Music Room window
Music Room window
Interior door panel for a music room, October 2010. Made with English Antique and lamberts mouthblown glass, detailed with traditional painting. This window depicts the theme of the four seasons, combined with a spiral fortuitously suggesting the scroll of a double bass (an instrument played by both clients).
Classical window
Classical window
Private commission, April 2012. Made with a mixture of glasses, the brief here was to produce a window with a classical Pre-Raphaelite style to suit the surrounding decor.
Front door window
Front door window
Private commission, November 2015. The brief here was simply to create a panel which continued bluebells and a bee and still allowed a view of the garden beyond.
Calderdale landscape window panels
Calderdale landscape window panels
Four Seasons in the Calder valley, West Yorkshire. Private commission, each panel, March 2005. Made with English Antique, Spectrum, Bullseye, Kokomo, Wissmach Antique and Aztec jewels.
Carsington Water window panel
Carsington Water window panel
Carsington Water Landscape , private commission, October 2003. Made with English Antique, Verrerie de Saint-Just antique, Spectrum waterglass and Kokomo cathedral.
Stylized landscape panel
Stylized landscape panel
Private commission, November 2011. Made with English Antique and Lamberts mouthblown glass, detailed with traditional painting. This design is a stylized view of a garden in Mayfield, Derbyshire, incorporating all the elements that were particularly significant to the clients (including the inclusion of a painted honey bee).
Bathroom feature window
Bathroom feature window
Private commission, February 2013. Made with a wide selection of glasses, the brief was to create a small panel which stylized the local Dark Peak landscape.
Derbyshire landscape window panel
Derbyshire landscape window panel
Landscape based on the Sheepwash Bridge, Ashford in the Water, Derbyshire. Private commission, for display in lightbox, 700 x 420 mm, November 2005. Made with English Antique streaky, Spectrum waterglass and Kokomo cathedral. Detailed with traditional glass painting.
Painted hanging panel
Painted hanging panel
Traditionally painted practice panel depicting a maiden. Own collection, May 2006. English Antique clear was used as the base for painting, staining and enamelling.
Welsh Dragon door panel
Welsh Dragon door panel
Interior door panel depicting 'Y Ddraig Goch', the Welsh Dragon, August 2008. Made with English Antique glasses and Spectrum baroque, detailed with traditional painting.
Multifaith Room window
Multifaith Room window
Window installed in the new multifaith room at the Northern General Hospital, November 2007. The design brief was to create a calm, tranquil window which provides an object of contemplation and hope for visitors to the chapel.
The Millenium Window
The Millenium Window
An ecclesiastical commission for Sheldon Church, Sheldon, Derbyshire, this window was commissioned in April 2003 and is simply based on the Easter Lily symbolizing the Resurrection. Made with Spectrum opalescent, MNA and Kokomo cathedral glass.
School Reception window
School Reception window
Window commissioned by St Wilfrid's Catholic Primary School, Sheffield, May 2009. Using appealing shapes and colours I've tried to create a window that is vibrant and full of life, much like the children at the school. The sun and the dove with olive branch are symbols of hope and rebirth. The red pattern represents new life with the circular area corresponding to the light or source of all things. This window was made with various types of English Antique and Spectrum glasses.
Revelation
Revelation
Hanging panel created in English Antique glasses for the British Society of Master Glasspainters '40cm2' Exhibition in 2008. Decorated with painting, staining and enamelling.
Possibility
Possibility
Exhibition Panel created for the BSMGP '3Ocm2' Exhibition in 2004. Made with English Antique and Verrerie de Saint-Just glasses.
Hide and Seek
Hide and Seek
Exhibition Panel created for the BSMGP 'Games 2012' Exhibition held at Swansea Metropolitain University. Made entirely with mouthblown glass and detailed with glasspainting and enamelling.
St John's Primary School Blackpool
St John's Primary School Blackpool
This window was designed in partnership with global award winning architects Aedas, and dedicated in December 2009. The design was based on the winning entry from a competition held by children at the school, and is based on the idea of an inspirational journey towards understanding and the light. This corresponds to the journey of the children through the School and later life. The bright circle near the top forms the heart of the window and represents the dwelling place of God, and the three smaller circles the three aspects of the Trinity. I’ve chosen colours which are warm and inviting, and should complement the neutral colours of the new building surrounding it. The bright shining star also contains the image of the Cross which I have tried to make visible without it being too bold a feature in the window.
Wedding Celebration
Wedding Celebration
Abstract transom window whose design is based on that of the clients' wedding rings. Created in October 2007 from English Muffle and English Antique glasses.
St Nicholas C of E Primary School, Blackpool
St Nicholas C of E Primary School, Blackpool
The idea for this window came about after the School was extended and a new hall built in March 2009. The 1m x 5m window was unveiled at a Dedication Ceremony held on 16th September 2011, which was attended by the whole School including former teachers and pupils. The stories and teachings of Jesus play a very important part in the lives of the children at the School so the window was designed around five significant events in His life. From bottom to top the panels depict the Nativity, Jesus talking with Children, the Crucifixion, the Resurrection and the topmost panel symbolizes the Light and a candle flame which is one of the motifs of the School. When designing this window I wanted to express these events in a way that was both accessible, meaningful and uplifting to the children. So with the Nativity panel, for example, I also wanted to convey the power of the relationship between a mother and child. by having each facing the other in a moment of tenderness.
Hallway porthole window
Hallway porthole window
Hallway entrance window with an abstract landscape design, approximately 1m in diameter. Completed in November 2009 using a selection of Lamberts and English Antique mouthblown glasses.
Abstract picture window
Abstract picture window
Abstract window completed in February 2011. This panel contrasts cooler colours on the left side of the design with warmer ones on the right. As it was an internal window the opening was backlit to ensure the colours shone through.
Floral door panels
Floral door panels
Paired door panels with floral design based on a family woodcarving. Made with English Antique glasses, English Muffle and original Victorian fragments, detailed with traditional painting and silverstaining.
Cat Gazing At Fly
Cat Gazing At Fly
Semi-abstract front porch window created for cat lovers! Made in 2006 with English Antique, Kokomo cathedral and Bullseye glasses.
Peak District Door Panel
Peak District Door Panel
Front door panel based on the theme of elements from the Peak District landscape. Created with Urobouros, Spectrum baroque, waterglass and Bullseye fusible.
Cheadle Landscape
Cheadle Landscape
Private commission, August 2013. The brief for this fanlight window was to create a stylized representation of one of the client's favourite local landscapes.
Bamford Edge Picture Window
Bamford Edge Picture Window
Picture window, private commission, 2012. The brief here was to create a window which obscured the view both ways and depicted the Autumnal colours of Bamford Edge in the Peak District.
Clematis picture window
Clematis picture window
Private commission, 760 x 1470 mm, 2013. The brief for this window was to create a design featuring a climbing clematis which obscured the outside view of a garage wall. A mixture of translucent and transparent glasses were used to achieve the desired effect
Gritstone Edge landscape
Gritstone Edge landscape
This stable door panel was created in Noivember 2013. The brief was to design a stylized window which contained striking elements of the Peak District Gritstone Edges such as the receding skyline, vibrant Autumn heather and discarded millstones.
Abstract Doorway Panels
Abstract Doorway Panels
This pair of windows was commissioned to complement a new contemporary front door and make the most of the light entering the hallway. The design flows between the 2 panels to bring them together. English antique glass was used exclusively because of its texture and colour variation.
Family celebration panel
Family celebration panel
Commissioned family celebration panel, 775mm x 775mm, November 2012. This abstract design was created to celebrate the life of a member of the family. The brief was to create a design that had hidden meaning and was not obviously a memorial window. Made with English Antique, Lamberts mouthblown and Spectrum waterglass.
Abstract porthole window
Abstract porthole window
Porthole window completed in April 2009. The abstract design was created with vibrant colours and plenty of movement, along with considerable contribution from the clients, both of whom are artists in their own right. This window was made with various types of English Antique and Lamberts mouthblown glasses, and decorated with traditional painting.
Mother and Child
Mother and Child
Exhibition panel, July 2011. Made with English Antique and Lamberts mouthblown glass, detailed with traditional painting. This design is based on an original commission depicting scenes from the Life of Jesus. The design was changed to enhance it and make it more universal in portraying the relationship between mother and child.
Poppies
Poppies
This small front door panel was designed simply to reflect the beauty of the poppy flower.
Period Restoration
Period Restoration
This window is one of two period porthole windowswhich have been fully restored. They had been badly damaged as a result of corrosion of the original cast iron frame, and are now fitted within a hardwood replacement
Cheviot Hills
Cheviot Hills
This window was created in response to the client's desire to create a picture window in their new extension. The brief here was to portray the unique shapes and seasonal colours of this Northumbrian landscape. Each panel is encapsulated to achieve the thermal qualities needed in a large window
Archtop Landscape
Archtop Landscape
The brief for this window was to create a stylised view of Landybower Reservoir and Crook Hill in the Derbyshire Peak District. A mixture of mouthblown and rolled glasses were used to create the window and the four panels were encapsulated to improve the thermal efficiency of this large sash window.
Celebration Window
Celebration Window
This window was commissioned to celebrate the life of one of the pupils at White Waltham C of E Academy in July 2015. It was a privilege to create this window, and the children at the school contributed their memories in the form of some great pencil sketches. The overall theme was very positive, inspired by the hymn "All Things Bright and Beautiful" and the magical Blue Morpho butterfly.
Abstract
Abstract
The brief for this window was to create an abstract which incorporated 'hidden' references which were meaningful to the client. The window also needed to afford a degree of privacy without cutting out the light, hence the use of some heavily textured glass
Music window
Music window
This was a window created for a very musical family whose members included a stringed instrument maker and two talented fiddle players. The brief for the window was to create an abstract which contained the essential elements of both fiddle and mandolin. Completed in May 2015 and made entirely of mouthblown glass.
Hallway side panels
Hallway side panels
Private commission, October 2015. This pair of panels was created to frame a new entrance to the living room. The client wanted an abstract design which strongly featured autumnal colours and the leaf shapes of local trees and wild flowers
Abstract wildlife panels
Abstract wildlife panels
Private commission, October 2015. This pair of panels was commissioned together with another set for the living room. The brief here was to create an abstract design which featured abstract representations of local wildlife which lay hidden within the overall abstract design. The panels were made entirely of English Antique Glass

Glass is chosen to suit the location and ambient light, so the shade and quality of each piece changes with both the weather and the time of day.

Services provided

  • Design, making and installation of windows for domestic, ecclesiastical and architectural settings
  • Traditional leaded lights
  • Restoration of windows both in situ and in the workshop
  • Introductory 3-day courses
  • Triple glazing (encapsulation) of new and existing stained glass

Inspiration

My aim is to produce windows which belong to their location, and which fully engage the viewer as well as providing decoration.

Inspiration comes from the beauty of shapes and forms found in nature, and many commissions are inspired by the landscape and flora of the Peak District.

My natural inclination is towards more abstract styles which make use of curves and the shapes which emerge naturally from them.

Approach & techniques

The philosophy behind my work is to provide people with the opportunity to realize their ideas and dreams through the medium of light and glass.

Over the last 12 years I have worked to develop my own individual style by using traditional leading techniques in unconventional ways.

I particularly like the idea of using lead came and paint together to trick and delight the eye.


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