Professional Artists: 2017 Winner

Jane Ford

Winner 2017

Jayne Ford is a Manchester-based stained glass artist who uses both traditional and contemporary decorative glass techniques. She began her career in 2010 with a Glaziers’ Company Training award at Pugin, Hardman and Powell Studio in Birmingham. In 2014, she won the Stevens Architectural Glass Competition and the Award for Craftmanship for a window design for Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, completing the commission later that year. She now works from her own studio in the Northwest carrying out restoration glass-painting alongside new-build projects.

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“It’s a wonderful design and a most fitting visual celebration of Sir Roger’s Mayoralty. The stained glass panel is exploiting all the traditional techniques of glass painting, staining, enamels, acid etching and leading to create a harmonious and joyous design. The gradation of colour from light to dark, and the contrasts created through shading and silhouettes, is particularly evocative and engaging. The use of lead-lines is strong and has a playfulness that emphasises the spirit of the design.”
Helen Whittaker

Chair of the Judging Panel

I was very pleased to have been offered the commission to make the stained-glass roundel for Sir Roger Gifford. It is an honour to be able to produce work reflecting the achievements of the Lord Mayor’s Appeal Charity and to contribute creatively to the Lord Mayor Reflects event.

I was inspired to enter the roundel competition because of the range and diversity of charities supported by the work of the Lord Mayor. The interests of Sir Roger Gifford lend themselves particularly well to an artistic project such as this. I have represented his musical and cultural charity interests by including dancers’ silhouettes in the roundel and by including a border painted with musical notation extracted from a piece by the Baroque composer J.S. Bach.

I also included imagery of children playing musical instruments and symbolically “breaking free” to illustrate the opportunities given to children via the musical charities supported by Sir Roger such as Future for Kids, Mayor’s Fund for young Musicians and Sir John Cass’s Foundation. The children are shown in a section with snowfall to provide a reference to Sir Gifford’s appointment to the Ada Lewis Winter Distress Fund.

The centre focus of the roundel is a stylised silhouette of the City of London Skyline, reflected in the waters of the Thames to highlight the Lord Mayor Reflects event, and shown within a sunburst to give a celebratory feel to the artwork.

The roundel is displayed in a forged steel stand made specifically for this project by the blacksmith Don Barker. Don is a former Prime Warden of the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths and I appoint him to make metalwork to display my stained-glass panels and larger-scale sculptural glass.

Jayne Ford

about her winning roundel