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Amanda Winfield

Abinger Stained Glass

Glass excites me. Glass thrills me. Glass is my drug!

In 1982 I was attending Chelsea School of Art in London. I was on, what was then, a new mixed media course, Mural Design and Public Art. We were introduced to many different techniques and media but it was the stained glass that really grabbed me.

I was then lucky to be given a position at Goddard and Gibbs studios in London where I continued my training and after 10 years I became their studio manager.

In 2002 I left my work in London to pursue a solo career in stained glass. Having grown up in the country I was keen to get back there and leave the city behind. My present workshop looks over the rolling Surrey Hills and everyday the light and colours change. This is so inspiring for me.

Light passing through coloured glass can completely change a room and that’s what I love to exploit in my present work. I eagerly combine traditional stained glass techniques with my own hand made contemporary fused glass pieces. Like a painter would use his palette of paints, I am painting and moulding with light.

I create panels and windows for homes and businesses in the UK and Europe. This allows me to design and make stained glass in a wide variety of styles which is really enjoyable. And do I still love glass? Oh yes and more now than ever!

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