I grew up on the north-east coast of Scotland and spent most of my spare time drawing imaginary people and worlds.  The break-up of my family took me to a different school  where the art teacher, a sexist bully, made fun of me and I was nicknamed  'the misfit' by pupils and teachers alike.

I gave up drawing completely and went travelling, moving from squat to squat for many years. I poured my creative energy into performance and songwriting, recording 10 albums over the next 30 years.

In 2000,  out of financial necessity and quite by chance,  I found a job assisting a friend with the making and mending of architectural stained glass windows.

Frustrated by the meaningless (and often hideous) designs I was asked to reproduce at work, I became drawn to the strange beauty and storytelling power of medieval stained glass.  From books, I taught myself to paint and fire glass and eventually bought a sandblaster, a drill and began to explore a multitude of new techniques.

  In 2013, I began to focus exclusively on personal work (often mounted in light boxes) and found it could be a way out of years of emotional and artistic frustration.

Unlike other stained glass artists, the technical process is less interesting to me than the content ;  I want to tell stories, tackle thought-provoking , contemporary subject matter and link the characters of the past with my own neighbours and adversaries.

Pinkie Maclure

Stained Glass