Rachel Phillips

2023 QEST Benefact Trust Scholar - Stained glass

Rachel trained in Architectural Stained Glass and since 2000 she has been creating commissioned work for a variety of buildings and contexts. Until 2019 she was specialist glass painting tutor at the Swansea School of Glass and more recently she has been developing work free from context or architecture as a way of exploring her creativity more fully.

Rachel’s 2023 QEST Scholarship will support a series of bespoke masterclasses to enhance her creative development, equipping her for a new chapter in her artistic journey. She will enhance her skills in gilding, screen printing with silver and copper stains and layered enamels, glass engraving, glass bonding and more. She hopes to expand her creative output and help stained glass have more of a presence in contemporary art and craft exhibitions and publications.

My work uses traditional techniques of glass painting, etching and staining to communicate universal stories and meaning through site-specific, large scale architectural work. I am inspired by folk art, embroidery low-relief ancient stone carving and idiosyncratic outsider artists telling their distinct stories. I want to continue to use the richness and beauty of stained glass in this way and develop smaller, autonomous artworks for new audiences inspired by my own stories.

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