Artform: Stained Glass
Mike Davis studied at St. Martins School of Art, and Hornsey College of Art where he took the Dip.AD in Fine Art in 1970. His interest in Architectural Glass began in 1968 after attending a course in Patrick Reyntiens studio. He was awarded a fellowship by Digswell Arts Trust in 1970 and worked there until 1981 when he moved to Durham. He has exhibited at the Victoria & Albert Museum as well as the Scottish Museum and the Carlisle Museum and further exhibitions at the Centre International de Vitrail (Chatres) as well as the Glass Gallery in Lucerne (Switzerland). His works were purchased by the Victoria and Albert Museum, The Royal Scottish Museum, and the Carlisle Museum. Commissions in many public buildings, such as hospitals, libraries, metro stations, and magistrates courts as well as various private commissions. Mike works as an artist, designer and maker in the field of architectural glass, both, to commission and on autonomous panels. He frequently uses traditional techniques of glass working, particularly those of stained glass. However, his imagery is contemporary in approach. Autonomous panels often follow specific themes, e.g. ‘music’ and ‘gardens’. As painter on canvas he enjoys the possibilities of colour modulation and the freedom of manipulating imagery. He builds on this experience as a stained glass artist and his work in this medium. Mike Davis is Reader and Subject Leader in Architectural Glass at the School for Arts, Design and Media here at the University of Sunderland.
He designs and makes stained glass windows to the client’s brief, making use of the techniques of selective cutting of mixed streaky antiques and textured glasses; painting and staining and enamelling; sandblasting and acid etching; hot working, kiln forming and fusing; leading. He also makes autonomous panels for free hanging against natural light, using the above techniques. He pursues through these panels ideas and concerns about natural forms/ landscapes/ gardens and music.
Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Glaziers and Painters of Glass
1965/6 Foundation,St.Martin’s School of Art.
1967/70 Dip.A.D.Fine Art;Painting,stained glass and printmaking.Hornsey College of Art.
1970/74 Fellowship in Stained Glass at Digswell House,Digswell Arts Trust,Welwyn Garden City,Herts.
1981 Set up studio in Durham with assistance from
1982 Began teaching as a part time lecturer at Sunderland Polytechnic,on the new Glass and Ceramics B.A.Course.
1992 Associate at the new University of Sunderland.
1994 Senior lecturer(full time )and subject leader inarchitectural glass, University of Sunderland
1996 Reader in Architectural Glass ” ”
1997 Course Leader on M.A. Art & Design in Context.
Media Profile (selected):
1982 “Hartley Woods Antique Glass” for Crafts Quarterly –
1983/4 “Windows about Windows” for the Journal of the B.S.M.G.P.
1986 The Death ~~- of the Window” for Artists Newsletter
Work has been featured on B.B.C. and Tyne Tees T.V. and in The Observer;Crafts Magazine;New Society;Homes and Gardens;Interiors etc.
The Christmas Special T.V. programme of U.K. Today,distributed by the Central Office of Information (1992).
1996 “Inside the Vision” Light Years production for Tyne Tees T.V
1973 R.I.B.A.Gallery;The Design Centre;’Henry Morris and
the Digswell Experiment’at the Victoria & Albert
1975 “Craft 75” and “New Faces” at the British Crafts
1976 R.I.B.A. Gallery.
1977 British Crafts Centre; Glaziers Hall.
1981 Southwark Cathedral
1982 “New British Glass” Centre International du
Vitrail,Chartres;”Modern Glass in Britain,die Glas
Galerie,Lucerne;”Presences of Nature” at Carlisle
1986 R.I.B.A. Gallery :”Working with Light” touring
exhibition;”Glass for Interiors” at Sandersons,
1989 IIe Salon International du Vitrail,Chartres.
“Art in Architecture ” at Lamont Gallery,London.