Sarah Knighton, Stained Glass Conservator, Holy Well Glass
I work for Holy Well Glass, a leading Independent conservation studio. I started as temporary summer worker 9 years ago and am now the studio manager in charge of a small team and am in the process of applying for ICON accreditation. Holy Well works on all manner of architectural glass from a scheme of medieval stained glass in Winchester Cathedral presbytery to ornate leaded lights at Windsor Castle. The work is full of variety both in the stained glass we work on and the challenges it presents us.
Stained glass despite being a traditional craft constantly evolves and we as practitioners constantly learn and evolve along with it.
I was delighted to have been awarded first prize in the Stevens Glass Artist of the Year (2016) competition.
My time at Swansea
The Swansea course felt like home to me, the environment was comfortable and all the staff worked together like a family. Everyone was welcoming and inclusive. it was a fun lively enriching atmosphere to be a part of. Students were from all ages and walks of life, the teachers were so passionate about glass there was a free flow of ideas and sharing of information. As a mature student I had no art background but the teachers showed me how to unlock my potential.
Developing the skills for work
The glass course gave me a strong foundation of knowledge that I have built my career upon. I had not previously thought about working in stained glass conservation but have since found that I can use new techniques and materials within this traditional craft, both sides of which (modern and traditional) I was taught.