Studio Melyn is an artist-run partnership based in Pembrokeshire, West Wales formed by Linda Norris and Rachel Phillips.
We bring together traditional glass-making skills, a sensitivity to context and community, and a commitment to making distinctive contemporary artwork of exceptional quality in response to both historic and contemporary settings. We delight in thorough research and problem solving, and we aim to take a fresh approach to permanent and temporary interventions on both architectural and intimate scales. We value skilled work and craftsmanship, and the dialogue which occurs between the contemporary and the traditional when working with glass is central to our work. We relish the opportunity to facilitate public involvement to engender a sense of community ownership of our public art projects.
Linda Norris is a painter who began to work in glass ten years ago. She is interested in exploring aspects of the culture and history of landscape and in finding ways to make contemporary artwork using traditional methods.
Linda has won a number of major awards for her work including The Warm Glass Prize and the Adrian Henri Poetry in Art Prize. In 2015 and 2017 her work was selected for The British Glass Biennale. Linda has just been awarded an artist commission as part of the Ancient Connections Project linking Pembrokeshire and Ireland.
Alongside her studio practice, Linda has pioneered the use of glass for creative participatory projects in community settings.
Rachel Phillips is a stained glass artist whose practice is predominantly concerned with the use of glass as an applied art in architecture. Specializing in traditional stained glass techniques Rachel has a particular interest in mediaeval glass painting. She has designed and made many architectural and stained glass commissions for churches and other public and private buildings across the UK, most recently completing the Resound window for the Church of St Michael and All Angels, Blewbury, Oxfordshire.
Until 2019 Rachel lectured at the internationally renowned Swansea School of Glass, University of Wales Trinity St David.