Arts and Crafts Stained Glass: a short film

‘Windows should dream.’   – Christopher Whall

Gloriously illustrated, and based on more than three decades of research, Arts and Crafts Stained Glass is the first study of how the late-19th-century Arts and Crafts Movement transformed the aesthetics and production of stained glass in Britain and America. Peter Cormack’s in-depth exploration looks at the artists who reinvented stained glass as a modern, expressive art form. This new approach was pioneered by Christopher Whall (1849-1924), whose charismatic teaching educated a generation of talented pupils – both men and women – who produced intensely colourful and inventive stained glass, using dramatic, lyrical and often powerfully moving design and symbolism.

To celebrate publication of Arts and Crafts Stained Glass we made a film with author Peter Cormack, following him as he explores the art form, from the hidden treasures inside a London church, to meeting contemporary stained glass artists in their workshop.

Watch the trailer for Arts & Crafts Stained Glass

More about Arts and Crafts Stained Glass

Arts and Crafts Stained GlassA progressive school of artists, committed to direct involvement both in making and designing windows, emerged in the 1880s and 1890s, reinventing stained glass as a modern, expressive art form. Using innovative materials and techniques, they rejected formulaic Gothic Revivalism while seeking authentic, creative inspiration in medieval traditions. Peter Cormack demonstrates how women made critical contributions to the renewal of stained glass as artists and entrepreneurs, gaining meaningful equality with their male colleagues, more fully than in any other applied art. Cormack restores stained glass to its proper status as an important field of Arts and Crafts activity, with a prominent role in the movement’s polemical campaigning, its public exhibitions and its educational programme.

Peter Cormack is a noted scholar of 19th- and 20th-century British and American stained glass, William Morris and the Arts and Crafts Movement.

Take a look inside Arts and Crafts Stained Glass

Arts & Crafts Stained Glass by Peter Cormack is available from Yale University Press.

Arts and Crafts Stained Glass


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