Orchid Stained Glass
Trading as Orchid Stained Glass, Linda Banks BA (hons) holds a degree in Art and English and, on the art side, specialised in working with glass. She enhanced her skills with further training in traditional leading and copper foil techniques and is currently adding fused glass to her repertoire.
Linda believes in combining the design flair of the artist with the expertise of the artisan and her white light shade, ‘Marbellous’ (pictured), was selected from an international field for the prestigious ‘New Glass – Ancient Skill, Traditional Artform’ exhibition at Blackwell The Arts and Crafts House in Cumbria, UK (31 January – 12 May 2013). The expert panel included Reino Liefkes, V&A Curator of Glass and Ceramics, and Victoria Scholes, chair of the Contemporary Glass Society.
This 50cm diameter shade comprises over 700 individual pieces and was created using the copper foil technique, involving several time-consuming steps. Each piece of glass was individually wrapped in copper foil strip, tinned with solder, then spot soldered together on a dome mould before bead soldering, coating with a black patina and finally being painstakingly cleaned.
Also shown here is a funky multi-coloured shade featuring cogs and wheels, inspired by the Steampunk movement, which incorporates fused glass and wire along with the copper foiled and soldered panels. “I want to push the boundaries of what can be done with traditional methods and create designs that suit both traditional and contemporary settings,” explains Linda.
Her main influences are the natural world, the Arts and Crafts movement, Art Nouveau and Art Deco periods, the Mediaeval period and the Orient.
Every piece Linda creates is unique and made by hand in the UK. She takes commissions and would be delighted to create an heirloom piece for a special celebration tailored to a specific colour scheme or theme.
Linda is a member of Surrey Artists’ Open Studios and the Contemporary Glass Society. She welcomes visitors to the studio by appointment and offers day classes where participants can make their own plant terrarium or window light-catcher, thereby helping to keep these important skills alive. Please contact her for more details or to discuss your ideas, without obligation.