Technique:Etching, Leaded and stained

Occupation:Artist, Student

Discipline:Decorative, Design

Areas of Interest:Conferences, Techniques, Workshops

Product:Commission, Design/ Functional/ interiors, Wall pieces

Country:United Kingdom

County:West Yorkshire

Shelley Wilson

Shelley Wilson is a stained glass artist based in West Yorkshire. Taking inspiration from the townscapes and landscapes near her home, she uses both copper foil and traditional methods to make pieces which are chunky yet delicate. Shelley deliberately etches her work to add detail and texture. She adorns her designs with polishes and gilding waxes, which enables subtle details to emerge and fade as the daylight changes throughout the day – like a story unfolding.

‘I love working with glass and enjoy the unpredictable nature of the stained glass process. I often start with an idea or sketch which I then turn into a pattern. I like using the Tiffany Technique of applying copper foil to emphasise delicate areas of my design and I combine this with the more traditional technique of lead work to add focus and strength.
I use reclaimed or scrap glass whenever I can as I love the thought of breathing new life into something which has been discarded by another. There’s nothing better than opening a box of scrap glass to see what treasures are lurking inside! The mishmash of colours, textures and transparency encourages me to experiment with different combinations of glass in my designs.
My favourite part of making stained glass is at the end when I add patina, etching and polish. That’s when it really comes to life!’

Ramshackled Barn , Shelley Wilson

Abandoned Barn , Shelley Wilson

Salts Mill , Shelley Wilson


Etching , Shelley Wilson

Fly Agaric , Shelley Wilson

Printed Blooms , Shelley Wilson

Robin , Shelley Wilson

Etched Disc in Mint , Shelley Wilson