DEBORA COOMBS MA FMGP is a Fellow of the British Society of Master Glass Painters.
She studied stained glass at Edinburgh College of Art,
Scotland; University of Wales, Swansea; and received her masterís degree
from London's Royal College of Art in 1985.
An experienced educator, Debora directed the glass department at
Chelsea College of Art in London from 1994-96. She gives presentations and
teaches workshops on the design and painting of stained glass for
professional associations and art schools on both sides of the Atlantic including
the Pilchuck Glass School, WA; Stained Glass Association of America; Artworkers Guild (UK);
American Glass Guild; The London Institute (UK); British Society of master Glass Painters; and from her studio in Readsboro, Vermont.
Debora's work has been commissioned, exhibited and published internationally for
almost thirty years now. Collectors include
past President of the Crafts Council of Great Britain Sir Nigel Broackes,
and Ely Cathedral Stained Glass Museum, England.
Currently a juried member of the Vermont Arts Council, Debora's work has also been recognized
by the British Council, Welsh Arts Council and received a
Royal Institute of British Architects Craftsmanship Award in 1995.
Her past commissions include two 25ft tall figurative windows for Marble
Collegiate Church in Manhattan and twenty stained glass windows for St. Maryís Cathedral in Portland, Oregon.
In 2007 Debora completed designs for 47 new stained glass windows;
exhibited 6 new pieces at the Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art,
North Adams, MA and completed an Artist Residency supported by
Williams College Museum of Art, Williamstown, MA and the Vermont Arts Council.
Besides commissions, Debora is currently working on panels for a solo
exhibition titled "Menfolk" that opens March 2009 at the Jeanetta
Cochrane Stained Glass Gallery in London.
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