“I have been working with glass as a medium for
four years but this was
my largest commission with regard to the amount of
glass and the number of people involved.
The brief was to produce 24 glass panels to be
attached to the windows in the school’s
Each panel had to represent the 12 school values.
Therefore we produced each value twice to make up 24
The children took part in a competition to design a
window based upon one of the school values. I had to
choose 24 winning entries from 500+ excellent
designs. Based upon the criteria of originality,
colour and how well the design would transfer from
paint to glass, I finally selected the winners.
Throughout six afternoons in June, I guided groups
of 12 pupils at a time in the production of the
There is real artistic talent at the school, but
what impressed me most was the enthusiasm and
impeccable behaviour of the children.
The glass panels were taken away and each
needed between 16 and 22 hours in the kiln dependent
upon the depth of the piece. Then they were returned
to the school and installed.
At the grand unveiling on Wednesday 11 July, the
entire school were able to look at the windows with
admiration. My three granddaughters attend Kibworth
Primary School and all were involved in the project
in some way, I am incredibly proud of the finished
results, it is definitely the best thing I have done
in my career as a glass artist.”