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Hilary Holmes

'I came into stained glass through night school while living in the Forest of Dean. I learnt how to make Tiffany style copper foil and leaded light panels, but soon I wanted expand my knowledge and learn to paint on the glass too, so took myself to Hereford School of Arts and was taught by the talented Franz Wesselman. I was then was lucky enough to land a full time job with Jim Budd Stained Glass on the Herefordshire/Welsh border specialising in the conservation, restoration of stained glass. This was an invaluable experience and I learnt a lot of traditional techniques.During this time I also was asked to show at a local gallery in Ross on Wye, took part in the Forest of Dean Open Studios and Newnham on Seven art showcase. I then left the Forest back to Harrogate, North Yorkshire, where I worked in offices for a good 15 years. During this time I bought a kiln and then was encouraged by an artist friend to apply for North Yorkshire Open Studios, which then led on to more applications for local Art Fairs. This all seemed to point in the same direction, so finally in early 2019, I took the leap and set up by myself. I now share a small workshop in Starbeck, Harrogate with another glass artist. I am lucky enough to be able to split my time between making small beautiful art pieces to sell, private commissions, general repairs and restoration.

My glass work has a contemporary/medieval/retro feel (is that possible?), and is inspired by the natural environment, and flora and fauna. Celestial bodies are a big theme as well as Green Men. My copper foiled fish are now a staple of my work. They are a result of all the small scraps of glass left over from larger projects. Each one is a one off original created to fit the shape of the piece of “scrap” glass.'

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