- 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
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.
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.
STAINED GLASS COURSES
Introductory Stained Glass Course
Dates for 2021
Due to the current situation with Covid-19 and the practicalities of running a course with 1:1 demonstration and tuition I have sadly had to suspend all courses until further notice.
This 3 day long-weekend course will provide you with an introduction to the design and making of decorative stained glass panels. Each course is limited to four students to ensure everyone receives 1:1 tuition whenever they need it.
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 £450; this includes the provision of all tools and materials required, plus fresh tea and coffee.
SHOWS & EXHIBITIONS
To be confirmed
We approached Dave to design us a feature window to occupy a space between the porch and hall way of our house, receiving light from both directions. From the start, the process was collaborative and enormously satisfying. We looked at some of Dave’s work online before he came round to find out what we wanted in terms of abstract/naturalistic design and to offer ideas on colour and basic concept. He came back to us with a proposal, which we liked so much that we asked for no changes. It featured a stylised butterfly inspired by mouth blown Venetian Murano glass. Dave used traditional glass painting techniques and four different glasses from the UK, Germany and the USA, each with different textures and density. We visited him in his workshop towards the end of the process and to say we are thrilled with the result would be an understatement. We have a beautiful window, which will reflect the changes in light throughout the day and give us endless pleasure.
Ann & Chris T, 2020
Having worked with Dave Griffin on stained-glass themed products some 14 years ago, I was delighted to bump into him at the Chatsworth Flower Show a couple of years ago. Fortuitous because I’d had some vague inclination to feature some stained glass somewhere in the house – now I could do something about it. But what, and more difficult, where?Having decided on a ‘triptych’ in glass for our recently installed front door, the whole process from draft design to installation ran smoothly and, of course, pain-free. We did have to wait a while but – what’s worth having is worth waiting for, right?
Anne C, 2020
Dave Griffin produced a lovely piece of work. He worked closely with us and came up with ideas to decide on the final design. We are delighted with the outcome.
Janet & Richard K, 2020
Dave has created the most beautiful stained glass panel for our front door. He is so easy to work with, instantly understanding what we had in mind, which is a representation of the rolling Derbyshire countryside in the style of a painting we already have and love. Dave sent us photographs as the lush design came to life, enhancing our anticipation. Our front door is visible through our front gate and down the road so the entire village is enjoying Dave’s work as they go about their business. We’ve had many comments from villagers, all so complimentary. You do such beautiful work, Dave. Thank you so much.
Liz & Peter L, 2020
I had the pleasure of meeting Dave in person when he visited our home for the first time as he was very keen to see the setting in which the glass would be placed…From that first meeting I knew Dave was truly passionate about his work and I had no doubt he was going to create something truly spectacular for our home…
It was such a pleasure to work with you Dave we are so overwhelmed by the beauty of our pieces which are constantly changing in the different levels of sunlight and the seasons.
A true professional and master craftsman -Thank you so very much !
Dawn P, 2019
We love our hellebore window, it’s exactly what we hoped it would be, it’s a joy to watch the light change the colours as the day moves on. I now understand why a commission is such a special thing; you have brought our ideas to life through your artistry. I keep noticing new things about the hand blown glass and the shapes. Thank you! We’re busy tidying up the ground and the wall outside the window so that there are flowers beyond the glass too. I hope we meet again sometime, we’ve very much enjoyed the process.
Claire & Alan W, 2019
As a family we loved the process of commissioning our fabulous stained glass window from you. The questions you asked gave us food for thought and evoked many happy memories of places we have been and which are now enshrined in the stunning piece you made to frame our new front door. You have succeeded in combining colours, memories and beauty all in the entrance to our home and it makes us smile every time we look at it. Your skill and artists eye has created a spectacular piece of art and we are so grateful to you and will cherish it.
You also made the process so easy, coming to see us on several visits and we weren’t rushed into making any of the decisions that the design elements required. Our meetings were such fun and thought provoking. In the end we were very happy to leave the final design to your expertise, experience and skill knowing that we would not be disappointed. And we weren’t.
We thank you for being an integral part of helping us turn this old house back into a much loved home and know that your part in it will live on into posterity.
We are very happy to have met you and I am now busy looking for more windows that might need some more stained glass.
Thank you Dave.
Tracey L-H, 2019