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David Bashton

Swallow Maidens - stained glass

David Bashton is a ‘Designer and Maker’ in stained glass creating individual designs and using traditional techniques of lead came and copper foil for fine detail in the intricate designs. Detail is often sandblasted onto ‘flashed glass’ creating fine contrasts of colour and light. Painted detail using enamels are fired between 550 – 630c, the designs becoming fused into the glass.

David graduated in Graphic design from Sunderland College of Art in the 1960's. During which he was awarded a bursary from the Royal Society of Arts which enabled him to work in Italy for a time awakening interests in many other art forms.  After leaving college he worked as a Designer in Advertising and Publicity. Subsequent experience in glass since 1980 has included numerous Commercial designs, Ecclesiastical conservation - restoration and many new commissions. These include windows, screens, light fittings, sculptured panels; many designs include semi precious crystals embedded into the glass. David has recently developed an interest in abstract form which is inspired by intense light and colour from nature.

These powerful impressions and delicate reactions of light are captured in his work. David has achieved national acclaim and his work has featured in magazines such as, Glass Age, The Financial Times and The Magazine of the British Society of Master Glass-Painters. Commission work is also undertaken, prices and quotations available on request.

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