Glass master at work

Lorraine and Mark Greenlees, at Ansdell WI
Lorraine and Mark Greenlees, at Ansdell WI

As Christmas approaches what better than to illuminate your room with beautifully made coloured glass tea-light holders to bring festive cheer?

This is the hobby of Mark Greenlees, from Bury, who attended the November Ansdell and Fairhaven WI to demonstrate his skills in creating these lovely items.

Mark’s wife Lorraine explained that he learned the art of colour leaded glasswork whilst employed at Tudor glass where he specialised in this type of work.

So it could be that many in the audience, who have coloured glass set into their double glazed windows and doors, already have examples of his work.

Having left the firm Mark went on to experiment with other glass work, and also with wood working skills using a lathe.

Soon his interests had become a hobby – and that has grown so that he now produces items for sale at Farmers’ Market and Christmas Fayres.

As the lights were dimmed in the hall we could all appreciate the beautiful illuminated display of his tea-light holders, vases and lanterns.

Mark then gave a fascinating demonstration of how, working in his shed at home, he produces the items.

He made it look easy - but we felt sure that it wasn’t!

Member Linda Colclough thanked Mark and Lorraine for their interesting and enjoyable presentation.

She said: “As a fellow craft maker I know all too well how time consuming it can be to produce work to this high standard, and also how satisfying it is to see and enjoy the finished product.”

By Pauline Mason