American Glass Guild







Linda Cannon

I graduated from Glasgow School of Art in 1983 with a B.A.hons in Fine Art and Design, specializing in stained glass. In 1984 I was employed as the stained glass conservator for the Burrell Collection in Glasgow. With over 700 panels of Romanesque, Gothic and Renaissance glass from all over Europe, it is one of the largest collections of medieval stained glass in the world.

I worked at the Burrell for eight years, during which time I not only conserved the glass, under the guidance of senior conservators, scientists and art historians, but I also researched the glass, traveling widely throughout Britain, Europe and America. Visiting scholars and conservators greatly contributed to my understanding of medieval glass, both in terms of art historical reference and technical expertise.

During my last year at the Burrell I wrote "Stained Glass in the Burrell Collection", a guide to the stained glass on display, an insight into Sir William Burrell's taste in stained glass, and a history of the techniques used in the collection. It is this last area of research that I find the most fascinating - "how were the windows made?" and "how can I reproduce these techniques today?"

For over twenty years I have examined the techniques of old windows, and considered which ones worked, and why, and which ones failed, and why. Some windows are intact for over 1,000 years, yet others break down almost as soon as they are installed. What are the reasons for failure, and how can this knowledge be used in my own new work?

My own work is inspired from what I see all around me, from nature, from architecture, from previously restored windows. As a fine artist I have a full working knowledge of the different historical styles and art movements, and can dip in and out of these styles with ease. I treat each new commission and client with regard for their individual requirements.

Since 1984 I have been involved with various professional stained glass organizations. I am an Associate of the British Society of Master Glass Painters. For six years (1988-94) I served on the Conservation Committee of the BSMGP, as Secretary and Accreditation Co-ordinator. During this time I was also involved internationally with the Corpus Vitrearum Medii Aevi (CVMA). In 2000 I became an Accredited Conservator with the United Kingdom Institute of Conservation (ICON). I am currently secretary of the UKIC stained glass section and a member of the ICON-PACR committee.

I am married to Graeme Cannon, and we have two children. We live and work in Glasgow.

Contact Details:

Linda Cannon, 561 Crow Road, Jordanhill, Glasgow, G13 1NY, UK












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