How we can work for you
Our particular skills are kiln-fired painted stained glass; also stained glass design.
The studio’s name is Williams & Byrne. It’s near Ludlow (Shropshire, UK). There are two of us – David Williams and Stephen Byrne. (Our backgrounds: here.)
- We design and make new stained glass windows, doors and skylights.
- We restore stained glass.
- We teach the key techniques of kiln-fired stained glass painting.
New stained glass windows, doors and skylights
We make new stained glass windows and stained glass doors or skylights in any style: traditional or modern, figurative or abstract – whatever is right for you and your chosen building.
So right now, for example, we’re restoring a set of Victorian windows and preparing to make two new windows for a church.
Last year we made 24 new windows for the east and north face of a castle tower.
In 2015 we made four new lancets for the Chapel of the Holy Spirit at Wellington College, Berkshire.
And before that we worked long and hard on a London mansion for which we made 17 skylights.
Varied work: indeed, all the work we do for you is one-off (not mass-produced) to suit your wishes and the requirements of your particular building (old or new).
See here for more about the new stained glass we design and make.
Restoration and conservation
We take on difficult restoration/conservation work: for instance, where complicated painting skills are required or where you want perfect forgeries of broken ancient glass.
Clients sometimes send us antique stained glass they’ve bought at auction in Paris or London, sections of which we re-paint or re-furbish as required.
See here for stained glass restoration.
Working with other stained glass studios
We work with other stained glass studios – for example: designing, painting or restoration – either in our studio, or we travel to them.
David Williams worked with The Reytiens Glass Studio to help paint the Diamond Jubilee stained glass window for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II. David was present in Westminster Hall on 20th March 2012 when the Queen addressed both Houses and the window was unveiled.
We focus on teaching stained glass painting techniques.
Our students travel to us from Australia, all over the USA, South Africa, Norway, Belgium, Canada, Kuwait, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Germany, Japan, Denmark, Singapore, France, the Republic of Ireland and Peru. Also, from all over the British Isles.
In November 2012 we gave our third training course to members of the Muraoka Studio in Japan who flew here to learn more about the techniques we use at Williams & Byrne.
We also give workshops and lectures abroad. In 2011 and 2012 we gave seminars in the Netherlands which were attended by professional glass painters from Holland, Germany, Belgium and Romania.
In June 2014, we taught an advanced glass painting workshop at Bryn Athyn College, Pennsylvania. We also took part in the annual conference of the American Glass Guild’s annual conference and led two workshops there. We hope to return to the US in 2018.
If you’re interested in learning the techniques, see our blog.