Grace Ayson is a stained-glass artist and conservator. She has been practicing conservation and restoration for over twenty years, initially working on decorative surfaces with companies such as St.Blaise Ltd and, for the last fourteen years, working on the conservation and restoration of stained glass with The Cathedral Studios based at Canterbury Cathedral. Grace also designs and produces original contemporary stained-glass windows and artworks for exhibition. She is now pursuing her own independent practice as a stained glass artist.
Grace’s QEST Scholarship will fund a course and placement to extend her skillset. With renowned British designer, glass embosser and gilder David Adrian Smith she will learn a variety of advanced techniques centred on glass surface, texture, light transmission and reflection. She will then spend time with contemporary British painter and stained-glass artist Tom Denny to work on a commission for a church stained-glass window. Finally, she will make workshop visits to Lamberts Glass in Germany.