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Nicola Hopwood

I design and make contemporary stained glass windows in my studio near Hay-on-Wye, on the English / Welsh border. I use handmade, mouth-blown glass to create windows for churches, hospitals, libraries, schools and private houses. The colours, shapes, textures and light which find their way into designs and windows arise from the inspiration I find in the countryside which surrounds me. The aim is to produce works which are sympathetic to each building and its function. Exploring themes and ideas with the commissioners and users of a building is an enjoyable and important part of the consultation; this dialogue is a key factor in all my work.

When working on commission, I am concerned with the style and function of a building, the thoughts and feelings of those who use it and with the context of the window: memorial, celebration, corporate vision and so on. I enjoy the challenge of bringing together all these stimuli, in order to arrive at a meaningful end result.

I also run stained glass courses, which are held in nearby Brilley Village Hall, a stunning location. These workshops are suitable for beginners, as well as those with previous experience in this lovely medium.