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Jackie Birchall

of Purple Urchin Stained Glass

October 17, 2019 @ 09:00 October 19, 2019 @ 17:00

(open until 8pm Thursday, 5.30pm Friday and 4pm Saturday)

Jackie has been creating stained glass for over twenty years. Her journey began in 1995 when she took evening classes to learn traditional stained glass work. She learnt both leadwork and copper foil (Tiffany) methods and after a couple of years tuition went off to design and create her own ideas. She turned professional in 2016, and in September 2017 and moved into her own studio space at home in Thame.

She has exhibited during Oxford Artweeks for the past five years, and in 2019 was a featured artist on local TV. She has also taken part in Bucks Artweeks for the past two years. Some of my recycled/upcycled work has been featured in “Reloved” magazine (March 2018).

She has chosen to work with copper foil as it allows greater freedom to design more intricate pieces which can’t be achieved using traditional leadwork. Each piece of glass is cut by hand, surrounded in copper foil then soldered together. She uses coloured sheet and recycled glass, sea glass, marbles, light bulbs and mirrors; in fact if it’s made of glass she’ll try using it. She will also engrave, etch and tumble glass to alter the surface appearance; finer detailing and dimension is added to her ideas using different gauges of wire and glass beads.

The name Purple Urchin stems from her fondness for beach combing – to find a perfectly intact sea urchin shell is a real rarity, and even more so if it’s purple. This kind of natural wonder is where she draws inspiration and more recently her Christian faith has played a big part in influencing her work.

Jackie is always willing to explore new ideas and she welcomes commissions, enjoying the process of making something bespoke.


Robert Stanley Opticians

22 Cornmarket,
Thame, OX9 2BL United Kingdom
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