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Location: South West
Settings: Places of worship, Public buildings
Techniques: Acid etching, Enamelling, Engraving / sandblasting, Painting / staining
Specialisms: Conservation, New commissions
Additional: Job opportunities

Steve Clare is stained glass conservator by Royal Appointment to Her Majesty the Queen, and National Adviser on stained glass to the National Trust. He trained at The Glasshouse in Fulham, with Carl Edwards, and his mentor was Alfred Fisher at Chapel Studio.

In 1995 he founded Holy Well Glass in Wells. It is the largest studio in the UK, entrusted with works at many great churches, cathedrals and historic houses. The workshop moved to magnificent premises in a medieval watermill in 2018. Recently Holy Well Glass has carried out major projects at the cathedrals in Wells, Winchester, Exeter, Worcester, and St. Patrick’s cathedral in Dublin.

As well as conservation work, Holy Well also makes original commissions and recently completed bespoke glass doors for the private chapel of Her Majesty the Queen at Windsor. Steve’s young design team has won first prize twice in the last three years, and prizes for exceptional craftsmanship in the Stevens Competition hosted by the Worshipful Company of Glaziers.

Steve is also the author of Stained Glass: Art, Craft and Conservation published by Robert Hale 2014. Details are listed in Recommended publications in the Publications section of this website.

stained glass panel
Enamelled glass before conservation at Holy Well Studio
Medieval glass after conservation at Holy Well Studio
stained glass window
Medieval glass before conservation at Holy Well Studio
The team from Holy Well Studio at Winchester Cathedral
Medieval glass before conservation at Holy Well Studio
repairing stained glass
Steve Clare at work removing a window