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Celebrating over 40 Years of Excellence in Stained Glass

The Barley Studio team, led by Directors Keith Barley and Helen Whittaker, share their news on the studio’s activities.

Also, please click on to Keith’s blog of events and experiences as Master of the Worshipful Company of Glaziers and Painters of Glass 2017-18 (and previously Upper Warden to Master Alderman Sir David Wootton 2016-17).

Reception to celebrate the career and mark the retirement of Matthew Saunders MBE, 19 March 2018

Keith and Helen were delighted to be invited to the reception at Skinners' Hall celebrating the career and retirement of Matthew Saunders MBE, Director of the Friends of Friendless Churches and the Ancient Monuments Society’s Ecclesiastical Caseworker. Matthew is the author of 'Saving Churches: Friends of Friendless Churches: The First 50 Years', a extraordinary book cataloging the wealth of historic churches throughout England and Wales, and editor of the newsletter published in partnership with the Friends of Friendless Churches. On a personal note, the Friends of Friendless Churches were instrumental in helping to secure funding through the Cottam Will Trust for the commission of the 'Tree of Jesse' stained glass window at St Mary's Church, Abergavenny, Wales designed by Helen Whittaker and unveiled by HRH The Prince of Wales in 2016.

Completing work at Wakefield Cathedral March 2018

The Barley Studio team are finishing a year’s worth of conservation and protection work of the Kempe, Hardman and Barnett stained glass at Wakefield Cathedral. We enjoyed this detail from an 1886 Kempe window depicting Jacob blessing Ephraim and Manasseh which amusingly gives Manasseh two right feet! Unfortunate accident or deliberate mistake?

Schools Roundel Competition 2018

Helen Whittaker was pleased to be part of the launch of the schools Roundel Competition, organised by Reflections of the Lord Mayor together with the Worshipful Company of Glaziers. The competition offers budding artists (up to the age of 11) to design something very special that will be made into a unique circular stained glass artwork presented to the Lord Mayor of London.

Installation of Keith Barley as Master Glazier 30 November 2017

Barley Studio are delighted that Managing Director Keith Barley MBE has been installed as the Master of the Worshipful Company of Glaziers and Painters of Glass. The Company has not had a practising glazier as Master in quite some time so this is a real boost to our art and craft. Keith was delighted to have with him as his Master’s Steward: Sarah Brown and Stewards: Brian Green, Francis Small and Brian Parsons. The installation dinner at Glaziers Hall, with guest speaker Loyd Grossman, was sold out!

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