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Location: South East
Settings: Homes, Places of worship, Public buildings
Techniques: Acid etching, Enamelling, Painting / staining
Specialisms: New commissions
Additional: Teaching

Ruth Kersley is a stained glass artist and teacher working in London. Originally trained in sculpture in the Fine Art Department of Newcastle upon Tyne University, she discovered stained glass when exploring possibilities for a memorial window to her parents with Roman Halter. Her first studies were in Adult Education classes, later the inspirational glass course at Central St Martins where she was awarded a Fellowship in 1992.

A part-time art teacher for over thirty years, Ruth runs glass workshops and creates art works in schools: she has recently completed a series of mosaics in a school affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.

Sculpture continues to influence her glass work and a sense of place in response to the host building remains her overriding concern. Ruth has recently focused on creating a modern idiom to the traditional memorial window. Her Birdman III panel (1993) is in the Judaica section of the V&A.

stained glass panel
With Hope you can Dance without Music 2003
Private collection, London.
stained glass panel
Keep a Green Tree in Your Heart and Perhaps a Singing Bird will Come 2003
Assembly Hall windows of Wessex Gardens Primary School, London.
stained glass panel
Reverie 1994
Private collection, London.
stained glass panel
Phoenix Cinema 2010
The East Phoenix, Phoenix Cinema, London. 2.1m x 1.1m
stained glass panel
Memorial window to Basil Pilgrim (detail) 2017
Trinity Baptist Church, London. 1.2m x 0.5m
Tree of Life series ‘Heavens Like a Curtain’ 2002
Jewish Free School Synagogue, London. 11 windows each 6m x 0.5m