window conservation & restoration

Alongside her work designing and creating contemporary designs in glass, Grace is a stained glass painter and conservator at the highly regarded Cathedral Studios, at Canterbury Cathedral in the United Kingdom, where she is part of a team undertaking the conservation and replacement of windows and glass dating from the 12th Century up to the 20th Century.

This includes the removal of stained glass from site, undertaking the fine conservation work in the studios to the re-installation of the stained glass, and careful documenting of the work through report writing. Projects vary in scale from small panels to large scale windows in churches, cathedrals and other public buildings.

Prior to her career in glass, Grace worked in the conservation & restoration of historic buildings and interiors. Working for a number of prestigious companies, she undertook projects ranging from the restoration of historically important private homes to high profile public buildings such as The British Museum and King’s College Chapel. This background cultivated an understanding and familiarity with historic buildings and sympathetic use of materials, allowing Grace to work with sensitivity to her surroundings. In 2005 she was the winner of the Ashton Hill Award allowing her to pursue a career in stained glass conservation.

Grace undertakes regular research and attends conferences in the UK and across Europe to keep abreast of current conservation practice and techniques of stained glass conservation, as well as the most up to date techniques and materials.

You can see a step-by-step process of Grace’s restoration of ‘The Nativity’ from St. Anne’s Church, Clewer here
 

SAINT AGNES WINDOW

St. Michael and All Angels Church, Barnes

The Saint Agnes window in St. Michael and All Angels church was badly damaged. It required extensive reconstruction and because several sections were missing had to be re-drawn using historical sources as reference material.

 

On projects such as this the knowledge and draughtsmanship of the conservator is very important.

ST. John: East Window

Holy Trinity Church, Queenborough

As with Saint Agnes, above, this window at Holy Trinity Church, depicting Saint John, required a large amount of reconstruction and repainting.


Grace carefully reconstructed the image, referencing surviving fragments of glass to recreate the image.

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