Our team are close knit multi-skilled crafts persons
Rainbow Glass Studio employs all staff on a permanent contract basis. This means that we know each other’s skills and work together as a team. Knowledge is shared and we aim to develop together as a company and work to each other strengths.
Stained glass career began 1995 and joined the Rainbow Glass Team.
Bryan enjoys working on the various historical buildings throughout Scotland and in unusual locations. Bryan paints in his own time and has recently applied his artistic skills to a design and create a large commission celebrating the 50th year anniversary of the moon landing. Bryan will work to develop his artistic input to create future work and also looks to build on his glass painting skills.
“It’s not only a privilege to work on some of Scotland’s best historical buildings, it is also great to know I am part of a community which aims to keep the craft of stained glass alive and help take it into the future.”
Craig began his training in Rainbow glass studio in 2002.
As Stephen’s brother, Craig is a family member of the team and has been with the company since the early days. He has developed his skills to become one of our best lead glaziers. Craig enjoys the hands-on skills required to lead up and solder even the most intricate lead matrix.
“I enjoy the challenge which comes with benchwork and knowing that I am part of a team which is bringing these historical windows back to their original glory. My work gives me great pride.”
Moira began her studies at Edinburgh College of Art where she concentrated on fine art drawing and painting. This led to an apprenticeship with an accomplished stained-glass firm which gave her a solid knowledge and the necessary experience in all aspects of the craft. She is committed to both conservation and contemporary design. Moira is accomplished in life drawing and feels comfortable working with a figurative content. Her belief in continual professional development means she will carry on striving to create new and original work.
Moira is listed as an Accredited Artist for the Church of Scotland.
“I adore the process of conserving historic stained glass and studying the amazing skill of our Scottish artists such as Stephen Adams and Alf Webster. I can learn so much from their artistry in paint and colour. These artists inspire my creativity and are key to making my own contemporary style in new commissions.”
In 2011, Mr. Chris Chesney ACR joined The Rainbow Glass team of directors as an ICON Accredited conservator. He oversees all conservation projects. He has a wealth of knowledge in all aspects of historic stained glass and has worked in glazing and construction industries for over 50 years. Chris has held PACR conservation accreditation since its inception, and regularly shares his expertise at national and international conservation symposiums.
Chris is now an assessor for the PACR, City and Guilds alongside the V & A.
“I joined board of Rainbow Glass after a successful collaboration at Marischal College. Since then, I bring many years of conservation expertise and experience of complex projects to Rainbow Glass Studio.”
Mylène began her studies in Art history in France and Norway before moving to Belgium where she completed a Bachelor degree in Glass and Ceramics conservation. After visiting the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, Mylène was struck by the use of colour, light and atmosphere within the building. She then had the chance to visit a working stained glass studio and was inspired to move from 3 dimensional objects to architectural stained glass. She completed an MA in Stained Glass conservation and Heritage Management in York University and enjoyed time in New York at the Metropolitan museum. This led to employment in York Glaziers Trust where she had the privilege to be part of the team to conserve the Great East Window in York minster. In 2016, we welcomed Mylene to the Rainbow Glass team as she brings her knowledge of European conservation techniques to our wee Scottish Studio. Since moving up to Scotland Mylene has discovered the joy of working on 19th and 20th century stained glass.
Mylene has the “Habilitation Musées de France” which is the French Accreditation qualification to allow her to work on hight level historic stained glass.
“I enjoy the history behind each window or project. To get to know the artist, his / her style and source of inspiration. To research the techniques and developing a sensitive conservation strategy that will ensure the history, integrity and future preservation of each artwork.”
Stained glass career began 1995 and he has worked with Rainbow Glass Studio since
Whatever the weather, Nicol would rather be working on-site. He has a very accurate eye for detail and enjoys the precision required to make the panels fit to the contours of the stonework, mixing the mortar and applying a neat and secure finish.
“I believe that every aspect of the work is important from removal, applied conservation and repair to a secure installation. If I hold myself to a high standard in each of these areas, I am helping to retain these windows for future generations.”
Stephen lifelong ambition has always been to work in the art of stained glass. He began an apprenticeship in traditional glazing and decorative embossed glass. He then moved onto training in stained glass. In Scotland at this time, these skills were difficult to acquire but Stephen was lucky that George Young who had a lifelong experience as a glass painter for City Glass and Abbey Studios came out of retirement to work closely with Stephen and pass on his skills. Stephen spent five years working with George and learning all levels of glass painting on many prestigious projects. This experience has been invaluable to the development of Rainbow Glass Studio Ltd.
Mr. Stephen Malcolm of Rainbow Glass Studio has completed the Chemistry for Conservators qualification and will soon go on the ICON Accreditation pathway.
“Every project has its own individual challenge. To overcome them is rewarding and pushes you to always expand your skills.”
Stained glass career began 1981 before joining the Rainbow glass team in
Stuarts extensive experience in stained glass makes him an invaluable member of the team. He enjoys the creativity in glass cutting for new contemporary commissions and his attention to detail makes him excel at building drawings.
“The variety within each project keeps the job interesting and continually allows me to develop my skills.”
Stained glass career began 1987 before joining the Rainbow glass team in 2011 Craft Associate of British Society of Master glass Painters.
Tracy enjoys the challenge of tackling difficult projects that have various elements of damage and deterioration. She can then apply the necessary conservation to bond broken segments, re-introduce lost areas and allow them to be viewed and enjoyed as per originally intended. Her glass painting skills are a valuable asset to the company.
“I enjoy working with a team and learning from others. The studio has everything I need to complete each project to a high standard.”
Our Bill has worked in various stained glass workshops throughout Glasgow since 1975 before joining the Rainbow glass team in 2006.
At the grand old age of 61, Bill now has retired from site work and instead works 3 days a week to assist in cementing and sealing the windows. He takes great pride in this final but essential element to make the leaded and stained-glass waterproof and finally to polish the panels to a wonderful shine. He loves working with bright contemporary colours.
“I enjoy the art of stained glass and especially the use of bright colour in contemporary commissions. I enjoy being part of this team as we all work together to complete each project to the best it can be.”