Stained Glass with Jasmine Wilson
Back in November of this year I spent a morning with Jasmine Wilson, a retired nurse and stained glass artist living on the outskirts of Oxford. Her work is vast and diverse; ranging from tiny Christmas decorations to enormous, complex three-dimensional wall hangings.
Like many artists, Jasmines house is full of character. Carpeted in organised chaos; framed photographs, unopened boxes and stained glass pieces hanging from, or standing on, any and every smooth service.
Her studio – apptly situated in her glass conservatory – overlooks her wild and thriving garden. Here she walks me through the complex process of stain glass work.
It is a labour of love and one that Jasmine got into while adjusting to life in retirement. Having dedicated her working life to the demanding role of nursing, Jasmine took some time to adjust to retirement. She began a brief but sincere interest in wood carving – pieces of which still remain in her studio – but after an inspiring trip overseas Jasmine pivoted and began enthralled with the process of stain glass.
Jasmine occasionally boxes up and sells her work at local craft fairs, but more often than not she creates pieces for personal appreciation, or for friends and family. Much of her pieces come with stories of their own, made for personal memories, or for the memory of loved ones.
Jasmine is just one of a growing number of artists who are resurrecting the art of stained glass, proving that the thousand-year-old craft is anything but outdated.