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About the Studio
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Since establishing the Oriel Glass Studio in Harpenden, Hertfordshire in 1995, Helen has built up an extensive portfolio of windows for private houses, places of worship and other public buildings.  She has a particular interest in the appropriate use of design in historic buildings and period houses and has gained a wealth of knowledge from a close study of glass painting techniques through observation and restoration of old windows.  Qualifying from Central St Martins College of Art and Design in 2003, Helen’s contemporary work is founded in age old techniques making her windows a fascinating fusion of old and new, ‘modern medieval’ and a jubilant reversal of the concept of traditional stained glass being a lost art.

Helen accepts commissions for a wide range of windows; simple restoration and repairs, domestic panels and larger public works.

Helen is a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Glaziers and an Associate of the British Society of Master Glass Painters being a member of their Council since 2004.  She teaches stained glass on the short course programme at West Dean College near Chichester as well as running workshops for primary and secondary school students.

Public Commissions
  • Herne Hill United Reformed Church, London
  • Two memorial windows, All Saints, Downshire Square, Reading
  • Two memorial windows, St Michael and All Angels, Croydon
  • Millennium window, St Hilda''s School, Harpenden
  • Glazed porch, St Thomas Becket, Northaw, Hertfordshire
  • Stained Glass lantern, Chenygate, Westminster Abbey
  • Stained glass insert, College Garden gate, Westminster Abbey 
  • ''Four Seasons'' windows, Manland Primary School, Harpenden 
  • Memorial window, St. Curig''s, Porthkerry, Glamorgan