Holy Well Glass is a leading independent conservation studio. A centre of excellence specializing in the conservation restoration and design of stained glass. We carry out works to many of the great cathedrals, churches and country houses in the U.K and beyond.
Set up by Stephen Clare in 1995 in the lovely cathedral city of Wells in Somerset following 15 years experience working with several of the leading design/conservation studios, the company name is derived from the famous rising wells- the "holy wells" that give the city of Wells its name. The Company was founded with a determination to allow carefully chosen and gifted conservators to flourish in a civilised unhurried atmosphere.
The workshops are set in a walled courtyard and occupy historic coachouse and stabling buildings close to the cathedral within the conservation area of the ancient City. Facilities include fireproof vault for the storage of all projects in progress,and an extensive stocks of hand made glass; historic and modern.
Director Steve Clare is National Adviser for stained glass to the National Trust, and in recent years has been consultant to St. George's Chapel Windsor Castle, King's College Chapel, Cambridge and the cathedrals at Winchester and Gloucester.
He is a Liveryman of the Worshipful Company of Glaziers, and board member of The Glazier's Trust- the charitable arm of the Company.
He is also an external assessor for the PACR/ Icon scheme for professional accreditation, and for the Icon CTQ (conservation technician qualification) as well as an external assessor for AABC (The register of architects accredited in buildings conservation).
We are commited to training (see training section) the encouragement of young professionals and promotion of the Art & Craft of Stained Glass.
The Company also has a very active research brief: The loss of painted detail in 19th. C. glass, the production of obscure cast and folded glazing bars and scientific research into protective glazing being recent preoccupations. We also have extensive experience in the restoration of enamelled glass from the 16th. to 19th. centuries, notably we recently conserved the fascinating east chancel window by Francis Eginton at St. Alkmund, Shrewsbury.
In the conservation/restoration field we work in collaboration with English Heritage, the National Trust and with private clients. The team have great experience in the conservation of early medieval glass, often involving the conservation of original leadwork and design and manufacture of protective glazing systems.
Accreditation within the ICON/PACR scheme is the highest conservation qualification in the U.K. demanding significant financial and professional investment.
Only a handful of major conservation studios have two ACR accredited conservators including the renowned studio at Canterbury cathedral.
We are the only stained glass studio in the U.K. with 2 working Company Directors; Steve Clare and Dan Humphries accredited at this level.