Beyond the Glass
My work reflects an appreciation of both ancient and contemporary glass and the excitement of exploring ways of enhancing and revealing the beauty of glass. I find glass the perfect medium to convey atmosphere and capture ephemeral effects - from shifting mists and moonlight on snow to the gleam of a meandering river.
Working mainly with "antique" glass, so called because of the subtle patterns and flow of translucent colours within it, I use traditional stained glass paint to develop a setting or effect which is suggested to me by the colours of the glass itself. I also layer pieces of glass to add an evocative extra dimension to painted and unpainted works.
The range of glass techniques available allows any size of project to be realised. My work can be smaller than a hand or as large as a window.
Extensive collections of prints and cards of my glass work are available.
I enjoy working on commissioned designs which encapsulate messages, stories, memories and passions, creating unique tributes in glowing colours which will never fade.
18th May to 25th June 2021, The Stained Glass Museum , Ely, Cambridgshire. 12-23 July 2021, St Mary’s Church, Barnard Castle, Yorkshire.
Journeys/Teithiau was launched as a virtual exhibition. More information here. Elizabeth is one of six contributing stained glass artists. Rich in variations on the theme of journeys, the collection encompasses work in progress and represents a wide range of glass techniques seldom displayed together. The actual glass is presented for the first time in an exhibition at the Stained Glass Museum in Ely Cathedral from 18th May to 25th June . More information here. The exhibition will then transfer to St Mary’s Church in Barnard Castle, Yorkshire. Three vocal concerts will take place during the run. Future exhibition venues tbc.
The Centenary Exhibition of the British Society of Master Stained Glass Painters. April 2001 ongoing.
Soaring over the Downs is Elizabeth’s contribution to a virtual collection of vibrant images of more than 100 panels specially created to celebrate the Centenary, each one accompanied by the story behind the work. More information here. Apart from the virtual exhibition, the BSMGP is in discussion with leading glass museums, centres and cathedrals for a touring exhibition during 2021-22.
13th March – 29th August 2020
Innovative Forms . The Lettering of John Skelton, the Lettering Arts Centre, Snape Maltings, Suffolk.
From a flowing glass interpretation of the Brighton Dolphin devised by Eric Gill and John Skelton to hands playing a lyre high in a tree, Elizabeth developed five pieces of painted stained glass in response to John Skelton’s sculpture for this exhibition which included stone and wood carving, heraldry , calligraphy and metalwork . Some of the glass collection Elizabeth created as a tribute to John Skelton’s sculpture is on permanent display in the Skelton Workshops in Streat, West Sussex.
June 4 – 16th 2019
Inspired By Burne-Jones, The Grange, Rottingdean. More than 20 glass artists from Scotland to Dorset pay tribute to the vision and legacy of Edward Burne-Jones with a fascinating collection of highly-individual responses to the theme. Elizabeth’s key piece continues Burne-Jones’ interpretation of a poem by Rossetti with 4 glass paintings including a shimmering view from heaven and a crescent moon tumbling down a star-filled gulley. More information here. (Supported by the Worshipful Company of Glaziers.)
Permanent Exhibition – from October 2018 - the launch of the revitalised Burne-Jones Room at The Grange Museum in Rottingdean, co-curated by Sue John and Elizabeth Lamont over a two-year period.
May 1st - 27th 2018
Wear & Tear, The Grange, Rottingdean. 12 artists interpret the theme, Elizabeth’s stained glass paintings explore the impact of wind, fire and water as they reshape our world, spanning wind-sculpted and lightning-struck trees, sunken treasure and a volcanic landscape .
Reflections – a series of stained glass pieces accompanied by stone carvings by Helen Mary Skelton and photographs by Jane Willis, all in response to Vanessa Gebbie’s World War 1 poems in Memorandum, Poems for the Fallen. (Initially staged at Holy Trinity Church, Hurstpierpoint, September 2016 and Newick Church, November 2016, elements of the Reflections collection were reconfigured for exhibitions in Brighton 2017 and Stenying and Eastbourne in 2018.
Artist Residency at Casa Zia Lina, Elba, Italy in 2017.
A collection of exhibition pieces based on island views is in development.
June 16th - July 5th 2016
Ways of Seeing, The Grange , Rottingdean. A joint exhibition with Carol Lawson, Chris McEwan, Barbara Todd and Nichola Campbell.
1st June - 4th September 2016
A display of painted stained glass pieces and prints to accompany Vivien Leigh: Public Faces, Private Lives: an exhibition at Nymans, organised by the V & A.
1st March - 31st May 2016
Dreams Behind the Scenes - an Artist in Residence project commissioned by Nymans. See more information here.