Hilary Holmes Glass

Hilary Holmes Glass

I came in to stained glass through night school while living in the Forest of Dean. I learnt how to make copper foil and the leaded panels, but soon I wanted to expand my knowledge and learn how to paint on the glass too, so took myself to Hereford School of Arts and was taught by Franz Wesselman, a talented glass artist, painter and print maker. 

I then was lucky enough to work for Jim Budd Stained Glass on the Herefordshire/Welsh border specialising in the conservation and restoration of stained glass. This was an invaluable experience and I learnt a lot!

After I left the Forest back to Harrogate, North Yorkshire, I worked in offices for a good 15 years. During which time I was encouraged by an artist friend to apply for North Yorkshire Open Studios, which was successful, and led on to more applications for local Art Fairs. It all seemed to point in the same direction, so finally in early 2019, I took the leap and set up by myself. I now share a small workshop in Starbeck, Harrogate with a fellow glass artist Caryl Hallet. I am lucky enough to be able to split my time between making small beautiful art pieces to sell, private commissions and general repairs.

My glass work has a contemporary feel and is inspired by the natural environment and flora and fauna. Celestial bodies are a big theme as well as Green Men. 


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