Christian is an award winning welsh glass artist. Over the last eighteen years he has been commissioned to create glass artwork all over the United Kingdom and abroad, from public projects to private commissions. In 2012 he established his studio in Ewenny near Bridgend to focus on designing and making stained glass using traditional techniques. He is a member of the Makers Guild in Wales, has taught on the stained glass degree programme at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David Swansea and in 2016 won the Made By Hand Best Maker in Wales award.
The sculptor Frank Roper (1914-2000) was born in Yorkshire and is well known for his ecclesiastical artwork as well as his creation of mythical beasts and singing water fountains. He trained in the 1930’s at Keighley School of Art and then went on to the Royal College of Art in London. After the second world war he took up a teaching position as vice principal at Cardiff School of Art. Alongside his teaching he pursued his own artistic practice and in the1950’s developed a technique of lost polystyrene aluminium casting. This led to notable commissions in the 1960’s working with architect George Pace at Llandaff Cathedral, a lettering commission for the tomb of Bede at Durham Cathedral in 1970 and
the lady chapel screen at St David’s Cathedral, Pembrokshire in 1973 to name a few. His artistic output was prolific, creating work for many parish churches throughout Wales and England.
As well as sculpture he also made stained glass. His approach was unique, combining his cast
aluminium forms with coloured antique glass and knapped chunks of float glass. These were bonded
together in various formations and set into window openings creating a relief form of stained glass.
Unfortunately, over time some of the adhesives that were used have failed, resulting in pieces of glass
falling off their framework, sometimes leading to leaking windows and loss of the overall aesthetic.
The restoration and conservation of these unique windows have been an issue over the last decade or so and present an interesting challenge for the traditional stained glass glazier. This presentation follows the process of restoring a small Roper window in the church of St Tydfil’s, Llysworney in the Vale of