Stained Glass

Stained glass is of course one of the great art forms to be found in churches, but much of the greatest stained glass in England was destroyed under the orders of King Henry VIII. The fragments in St Peter’s give just a glimpse of what the medieval glass might have looked like, with a mixture of intense and delicate colours.

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Our stained glass expert for the Wapley Agincourt event will be Chris Ainslie, who writes:

“The earliest stained glass windows date back to the 10th century and there are many examples of the deep rich coloured windows of the 12th and 13th centuries still  around. Stained glass windows like all creative artistic expression reflect the current feelings and values of each century. In earlier centuries churches were the sole venues for the glass artist. But in the last 4 centuries private, public and commercial buildings provide a glass canvas for the artist”

“In my early 20s I worked in the former stained glass studios of Buckfast Abbey. Since the 70s I have been glass engraving and am a member of the Guild of Glass Engravers. However in 2008 saw my return to stained glass work as a result of a commission. More were to follow”

“On October 25th I will be making a small stained glass panel – demonstrating the basic skills of a stained glass artist cutting, lead cutting, leading up and soldering of lead joints. The finishing stages will also be shown. Information will be given on where one can learn these skills”

Click here to check out some of Chris Ainslie’s very impressive work – look under Gallery, then Stained Glass.