Rachel Phillips is an artist who lives and works in the beautiful Preseli Hills of West Wales. She has chosen to work with stained glass for its unparalleled intensity of light and colour.
She designs and makes new architectural glass work for churches, castles, private and public buildings as well as restoration work. She also makes smaller scale bespoke glass pieces using traditional stained glass techniques such as glass painting, staining and etching.
She lectured in traditional stained glass techniques at the Swansea School of Glass, University of Wales Trinity St David until 2019 and was part of the Centre of Applied Glass Research there. Since then, she has concentrated on her own creative practice alongside commissioned works and still delivers the odd workshop and masterclass.
In 2016 she and her long-time creative partner, Linda Norris, formed Studio Melyn to facilitate their increasing body of collaborative projects which has included windows for chemical toilets (on Skokholm Island) to castles including two World Heritage sites, Conwy Castle and Beaumaris Castle.
The last major project to be completed was the ‘Resound’ scheme for St Michael and All Angels in Blewbury, near Oxford. Completed and dedicated in January 2020, it marked the end of a nearly three year journey from design to completion and was commissioned to celebrate the art of bell ringing.
I designed and made the stained glass window and collaborated on a series of glass banners with Linda Norris in our guise as Studio Melyn to compliment the window and bring light and reflection into the church. A wonderful project team helped it become a reality.
You can see more information and images about the Resound project here, including a short film by Karim Zid.