Pippa Blackall - Biography
My career in stained glass has now spanned more than 30 years and began with my having the great good fortune to be trained by Francis Spear, one of the leading stained glass Artist-Craftsman of the 20th century. Through his charismatic teaching and support together with awards of national competition wins from the 'Worshipful Company of Glaziers and Painters of Glass', I was given confidence to pursue a personal freelance approach to my work.
I also acquired a love of heraldry from my distinguished teacher in the subject, Anthony Wood, and always enjoy it and my favourite periods of art are Byzantine and Romanesque which means travelling to Greece and France whenever possible.
Finally, while new work is my first love, I have always undertaken glass painting for clients who specialise in restoration.
Currently tutor and artist in residence at the Stained Glass Museum, Ely, my recent commissions include a window for St Edmundsbury Cathedral, an east window for SS Peter and Paul Alpheton, Suffolk, an east window for St John the Baptist parish church, Mileham, Norfolk and chapel windows for Treloar College in Hampshire. The Mileham window was featured on BBC's Songs of Praise on 29th May, 2005.