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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 Upper Warden to Master Alderman Sir David Wootton 2016-17 and then Master of the Worshipful Company of Glaziers and Painters of Glass 2017-18.

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!

Helen Whittaker elected to Art Workers Guild 29 November 2017

On the 29th of November 2017 Helen Whittaker was privileged to be elected as a Brother of the Art Workers’ Guild, London. The Guild was founded in 1884 by young architects and designers who wanted to create a meeting place for the fine arts and the applied arts on an equal footing. Today the Art Workers’ Guild is a body of more than 350 artists, craftspeople and architects working at the highest levels of excellence in their professions.

Re-dedication of the Lewis Chapel of St Mary’s Priory Church, Abergavenny 21 November 2017

Helen and Keith were pleased to attend the dedication of the new altar and plinth that raises the Jesse figure beneath the Jesse window at St Mary's Priory Abergavenny. Helen was delighted to see the beautiful design and craftsmanship of Joachim Tantau in these two pieces inspired by the geometry in her window, bringing the two elements together for the first time to complete the Jesse story. The altar and plinth were blessed by the Bishop of Monmouth, the Right Reverend Richard Pain, pictured (centre) with Helen and Father Mark Soady.

First phase of work at Wakefield Cathedral complete October 2017

Barley Studio have completed the first phase of their ongoing conservation project at Wakefield Cathedral. Five south aisle windows by Kempe & Co (1863-4) have been removed, conserved and reinstalled with environmental protective glazing to preserve their fading painted detail. Our clients are really pleased with the appearance of our Barley Studio kiln-distorted glass from the Barley Bent range.

The Oak, the Vine and the Lily: Lecture at the Stained Glass Centre 12 Oct 2017

In this year's Autumn Lecture at the Stained Glass Centre in York on 12 Oct 2017 at 6.30 pm, art historian Sarah Brown will introduce the intriguing iconography of the Jesse tree, with historical examples. Stained glass artist Helen Whittaker will follow this with her modern-day Jesse window for St Mary's Priory Church, Abergavenny, describing her inspirations and creative practice. Read more ...

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