Williams & Byrne the designers and glass painters
David Williams and Stephen Byrne have worked together since 1999. They set up the Williams & Byrne studio in 2004.
David Williams did his apprenticeship with Patrick Reyntiens at Mr. Reyntiens’ stained glass studios in Buckinghamshire and Somerset.
David also helped make various other windows designed by John Piper (such as the Evangelist windows at Saint John Without The Bars in the City of Lichfield) and Cecil Collins (for All Saints’ in Basingstoke).
In 1986 David took up the position of Studio Manager and Chief Designer at the John Hardman Studio of Birmingham.
At Hardman’s he designed, made and restored stained glass for fifteen years, working on a huge variety of projects. For example, a complete restoration of Saint Chad’s in Birmingham; two windows for Saint Mary’s, Uttoxeter; the restoration of glass in Inverness Cathedral; also in Winchester Great Hall ; and the Town Hall at Leamington Spa.
David left Hardman’s in 2004.
He studied Fine Art at the Laird School of Fine Art. He has a degree in Fine Art from the Sunderland College of Art.
In 2011 and 2012, David worked with The Reytiens Glass Studio in London to help paint the Diamond Jubilee stained glass window for Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Stephen Byrne did his apprenticeship under David Williams at the John Hardman Studio between 1999 and 2003.
At Hardman’s Stephen worked with David on eight windows for Saint Stephen’s Hall in the Palace of Westminster and on two enormous facsimiles of Victorian windows: one being the magnificent east window from the Church of the Immaculate Conception in Farm Street, Mayfair, and the other being the equally glorious east window from Saint John the Divine, New York.
Stephen also worked on the restoration of a set of 14 French enamel stained glass doors which became a walk-in wardrobe in a pop star’s mansion.
Before stained glass, Stephen worked in the City of London for 13 years where he was a business analyst.
He has an Honours degree from the University of Saint Andrews and a doctorate from University College, Oxford.