Friday, 25 September 2009

Last Post


Hi Everyone

Many of you will already be aware of my well broadcast plans to close the Elland workshops and concentrate on design / restoration consultancy work. In fact dozens of stained glass companies have said they want to go on the list of specialist nominee / tenderers for my consultancy and out-sourcing work, and I promise I will be in touch with all of you in due course.

To all those companies that have expressed an interest in buying items of stock and equipment, I can tell you that (just before our deadline date today!) Design Glass of Wyke have confirmed that they want to buy everything as a `job lot` AND take over the lease and move across from their existing premises as soon as possible. This has all been agreed with the landlord, so the workshops will not be closing after all!

I have had a good look at Design Glass and I am impressed with their systems and quality - they are excellent leaded light makers - and we are hopeful that with my design input they will be able to satisfy many of my existing `old` customers with future projects.

However I will have no financial stake in Design Glass, and the Paul Lucker Designs business, (including the website) will remain completely independent. This is essential to the role of a consultancy, in which I must be able to recommend suppliers, artists and restoration specialists with no vested interest. Hence my promise to check out all those interested parties mentioned above.

This exciting new situation frees me up to do what I love, and offers opportunities to work with other companies and further broaden my horizons. Thanks to all those clients and suppliers who have been so supportive over the years. You have not got rid of me yet!

Finally, a big thank you to my last employee, the trusted and very talented Dan Beal (CAMGP) who leaves today. Next month he starts a new role at Lincoln Cathedral, and I wish him all the very best for the future. He deserves it.

Paul Lucker

Thursday, 17 September 2009

Holmfirth Project - Heralding the Dawn

For this project the client spotted the `Heralding the Dawn` windows on our Royal Hall feature and wanted more of the same in their door panels.

Tuesday, 30 June 2009

Thursday, 7 May 2009

The DAFFODIL Restaurant, Cheltenham
Paul Lucker Designs originally supplied the feature pendants and other lighting back in 1999. Now we are involved again with the latest refurbishment. The lights are still fine and remain a key part of the scheme - but we are adding feature screens in classic Art Deco style. The frameworks are antique bronzed metalwork to match the lighting, and the glasswork matches the style of the original Odeon cinema that houses the restaurant.

Tuesday, 31 March 2009


Following the completion of the magnificent historic bay window as featured in our main website, we have just completed the installation of 'The Rolph Window' at Allerton Castle.

Dr Rolph has presided over the restoration of this magnificent building for more than two decades, and in keeping with heraldic traditions, this window commemmorates the history of the Rolph family tree, including elements relating to the castle itself.

Apart from the technical and artistic demands, this window required a lot of research and design, and we learned a lot about heraldry.

So if you know anyone that is looking to create a family coat of arms in stained glass, you know where to send them...

Although the refurbishment was completed over a year ago (see feature in our main website) the original budget did not run to a full restoration, and there are still some areas with very suspect glazing. One such area is the transom windows adjacent to the disabled access, which we have replaced with art nouveau leaded lights as shown. Hopefully the restoration will continue as funds become available.