Graham Dowding Stained Glass

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About Us

Graham Dowding​

After his education in local Stroud schools, Graham trained as an architect at Bath University in the 60's. He worked as a freelance architectural designer, restoring period properties, collaborating with artists and sculptors on individual commissions. He developed an interest in the "Green Movement" in the '70s and conservation of the "Built Environment". He set up his first stained glass studio in the late '70s. He came to Ruskin Mill in 1993 and has taught "Special Needs" students on the Further Education Course there, both in glass mosaics and stained glass.

Inspiration

He has been inspired by the "Arts and Crafts" movement and in particular the work of Christopher Whall in stained glass. He worked with the late Edward Payne in the early '80s and succeeded him as Conservator of Stained Glass at Gloucester Cathedral in 1983. Graham believes in the "Artist/Craftsperson" dealing with all aspects of the craft - from design to making and fixing. More importantly, he believes that work should be life-enhancing and absorbing and not drudgery. In this respect, the ideas of William Morris and John Ruskin inform his working life.

Techniques

His work is a blend of traditional and modern stained glass using glass painting and antique glasses, but with no preconceptions as to it's forms. He believes in glass being symbolic and transforming. The studio can undertake all types of stained glass commissions from figurative, traditional styles to contemporary. We enjoy the challenge of interpreting a design concept in a specific architectural setting right through to fixing and fitting protective guards, if required.