After rising to management positions in universities, the enthusiasm for glass took over. The interest in ecclesiastical glass that had been evident from adolescence was transferred into a practising enthusiasm a couple of years after moving to Glasgow. This enthusiasm increased to the point of making a career change when the opportunity arose. Classes with Paul San Casciani, evening classes, a part time course at the (now) City of Glasgow College, various specific classes, and a master class with Klaus Moje at Northlands added to his knowledge and experience. Stephen now concentrates on domestic, public and commercial decorative glass, including restoration.
His work is influenced by overheard phrases, the surroundings and background. The forms used are mainly sinuous, influenced by landscape and plant forms. Much of the work is in the form of windows - new, restored and reproduction. Increasingly large kiln formed panels for wall and ceiling display are a feature of his work.
His works utilise leading, painting and staining, etching (both with acid and sandblasting) and kiln worked glass for commercial, domestic, ecclesiastical and public clients. Public commissions have included restaurants, offices, churches, listed buildings and the SFA. Work with the Glasgow City Heritage Trust and various architectural firms are also a part of his activity.
His decorative work includes bowls, platters, tiles, and panels. Sculptural work includes body forms, garden features, light columns and plinth-based work.
He is enthusiastic about transmitting the knowledge of glass working to others. He conducts workshops and evening classes in the studio. He also operates an open studio policy whereby people can realise their visions in glass by using the facilities of the studio (by appointment only).
Arran Gallery, Coach House Gallery, Culross Gallery, and the Verrier studio
Year Established: 1995
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