After rising to management positions in universities, the enthusiasm for glass took over. The interest in ecclesiastical glass that had been evident from adolescence was transferred into a practising enthusiasm a couple of years after moving to Glasgow. This enthusiasm increased to the point of making a career change when the opportunity arose. Classes with Paul San Casciani, evening classes, a part time course at the (now) City of Glasgow College, various specific classes, and a master class with Klaus Moje at Northlands added to his knowledge and experience. Stephen now concentrates on domestic, public and commercial decorative glass, including restoration.
His works includes: Theatre Lights, 1995 and Library and University Tower, 1997 meeting room screens, Glasgow University Library Italian Design, 1998. Fused and back lit panels for "Made in "Italy", Edinburgh Fused and shaped panels for Scottish Courage, Edinburgh, 1998 Commemorative panel,DaldorchHouse School, 1999 Dream Time, 1999, Fused and bonded glass, 1500 by 850mm, Rococo Restaurant, Glasgow Light Wall, 2000. Fused and back lighted tiles, 2.25 square metres Flight, 2000. Nine square metre skylight for Millers Bistro, NorthBerwickin fused glass. Restoration of 9 painted and stained 19thcentury panels for the Talbot Association, 2001 Players, 2001. A 12 square metre ceiling for the Scottish Football Association reception offices in fused glass and metal. Garden Display, 2001, for Glasgow City Council Lands Department. 2.5m diameter glass and steel panel. Panels forGlasgow University Bar, 2002, 1.22 by .45 m. Complete fenestration for St Andrew’s East Church, Glasgow, 2002 [Building and windows designed bySalmond, a contemporary of Mackintosh’s] Windows for sets at BBC Scotland for "River City". Leaded, etched, and textured glass, 2002 Reminder, 2002. 450x380x40mm. Commemorative panel using a Mackintosh aphorism. Installed in Oxford. Castleton House. Restoration of medallions and other glass, and setting them in new windows, 2002 Restoration of the painted and stained East window of the Episcopal Church,Ayr, 2003 Waving, 2003. 11.5 metres of back lighted fused glass representing the movement of sea and sky. Installed atHighgroveHouse Hotel,Troon. Wall Panels, 2003. Decorative, fused panel for "Little Italy", Glasgow. 1.5 by .8 metres. Internal decorative glass panels, 2003, for"Bloody Mary", Glasgow. Spread Eagle Glass sculpture 700x300x40mm and lamp shades forLazziorestaurant, Edinburgh, 2004 Re-glazing ofDowanvaleFree Church,Partick, Glasgow, 2004 The Sky is Falling (610x610mm) Ceiling panel for bathroom,Motherwell, 2005 Albinoni’sAdigioin G Minor Fused panels,Partick, 2005 Installation of historic items in glass brick walls,WhitehillCommunity Centre, Hamilton, 2005 Figures Large domestic leaded glass panel,Jordanhill, 2005 Fireworks 1metre square fused panel for wall hanging,Dumfries, 2006 Installation at Corries Solicitors, Washington Street ,Glasgow, 2006 Glazing forDowanvaleChurch, 2007 Restoration of Oscar Patterson window,OtagoStreet, 2007 Storms, a bedroom screen for a private house, Ayrshire, 2008 "Sand, sea, air", Fused glass skylight installation, 1830 x 1300mm, 2009 Complete restoration of windows in 1920's conservation area,First Gardens,Dumbreck, Glasgow, 2009 Coupola repair and protective glazing,Dumbreck, Glasgow, 2009 Restoration ofstair window in 1850's listed building, 2009 Collaboration withAmanda Johnson as lead artist on cast glass and steel public installation at Merry Street,Motherwell, 2009 Collaboration withAmy Stephensonon the incorporation of glass with garments, displayed on the catwalk at the London Fashion Show, 2010 Restoration of Wheel Windows at St. Serf's Church, Glasgow, 2010 Repair and Restoration of all the stair windows at North Gardner Street, 2011 Porch Window, Terregles Ave, Polockshields, 2011 Restoration in Helensborough, 2011 Chandelier, Liss, Hampshire, 2011 Resetting historical panel into new location, 2011 In the last few years he has increasingly turned his attention to heat formed and sculptural forms. Community activities have included: HyndlandStained Glass Survey Project.1997-9 JordanhillSecondary School, artist in residence, 1998 and 2002 St Charles Primary School, residency, 1999 LarkhallMillennium Project, 1999-2000 Queen’s Cross Housing Association, 2000 Hillhead Community Centre,Kirkintilloch, 2001 Workshops for local primary schools, 2002 & 2003 Community Artist with National Museums of Scotland and SouthLanarkshireCouncil forWhitehill, Hamilton, 2004 Joint artist in residence atLarkhallAcademy, 2003-2005. Scottish Arts Council funded project. Mosaicwith pupils of S4 atGolfhillPrimary School. 2010 Westercraigs Nursery, Monolith Project, 2011 Discussion and shortlisted withCaringormsNational Park on provision of large scale sculptural boundary signs and objects reacting to the views at various points throughout the Park. He has exhibited: Selected for "Migrate" A travelling exhibition organised by theScottish Glass Society, 2009-2010, various locations in Scotland and England. WASPS Open Studios, October 2009 National Museums of Scotland and others – "Cutting Edge", 2007, a travelling exhibition. Lillie Gallery,Milngavie, 2007 Scottish Art Market, May 2006 Park Gallery,Falkirk, 2004-5 StrathearnGallery,Crief, joint show, 2002, 2005 DundasStreet Gallery, Edinburgh, 2004 Celtic Connections at Wasps, 2004 Compass Gallery, Glasgow, joint show, 1999, 2001, 2003 Collins Gallery, Glasgow, joint shows, 2001, 2002, 2003 Q2 Gallery, Dundee, joint show, 2003 Peter Potter Gallery,Haddington,jopintshow, 2007 Group Shows with Parade Artists, 2009, 2010, 2011 Currently represented inArranGallery, Coach House Gallery,CulrossGallery. Torre Art Gallery
The Cutting Edge, Scotland's Contemporary Crafts edited by C Baird and R Watban. National Museums of Scotland, 2007
"Made in Scotland" pp.10-12, Art Mag, Feb/March 2011
Education: BA, University of Kansas, 1965 Dip Lib, University of Strathclyde, 1966 M Lib, University of Wales, Aberystwyth, 1990 HNC, Glasgow College of Building and Printing. 1997 Paul San Casciani, at West Dean, 1988 and at Oxford, 1992 Bohle, at Glasgow, 2001, 2004 Northlands Master Class with Klaus Moje, 2005
Additional activities: Technical Director, Argentia, 2011 - Craftscotland (an SAC funded information, marketing, and web resource), Board of Directors, 2004-2010; Chair 2006-2010 International Guild of Glass Artists, Vice Chairman Association for Applied Arts Scotland, Advisory Committee, 2002-4 Scottish Arts Council, Scottish Crafts Website Steering Group 2002-4 Consultant, Kibble Palace interpretative scheme, Glasgow Botanic Gardens, 2003-5 Joint Curator, Scottish Glass Society Exhibition 1999 Selection Panel for Exhibition at Strathearn Gallery, 2002 Administrator for Scottish Glass Society exhibitions, 2006 and 2007 Member, Children's Panel, Glasgow, 2003- Member Scottish Glass Society committee in various capacities, 1999-2006
Contact details: Stephen Richard, Studio 8, WASPS Studios, 77 Hanson Street, Glasgow G31 2HF. Tel. 0771 883 1117 or 0141 556 5700 Fax: 0141 554 7330 E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org