Gerry Cummins is regarded as one of Australia’s foremost stained glass artists, highly skilled in designing, painting and staining, fabrication, and restoration of stained glass. Jill Stehn joined him as a full time partner in 1994. Gerry now devotes his time to designing and painting and staining, while Jill runs the business, purchases the materials, and does the glass cutting and leadlighting. Both work on conservation and restoration projects.
Gerry is a 2002 Churchill Fellow and he and Jill toured for three months in the United States, England, France and Germany. They visited five of the world’s top studios for a week each and ten studios for a day each. They studied stained glass conservation and restoration and methods of protection for stained glass in numerous cathedrals, churches and chapels, and saw thousands of windows dating from the 12th to the 21st century. Gerry and Jill are both very grateful for the opportunity afforded to them by the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.
Gerry learnt his leadlighting skill while working full time for R.J. Albert Stained Glass in Melbourne from 1975-77 and has earned his living solely from his glass art work since 1975. He exhibited widely in the early eighties, served on both the Craft Councils of Victoria and Australia for many years, and was a founding member of the Meat Market Glass Access Workshop in Melbourne.
Whether the challenge is the precision of repainting broken pieces in a restoration, making a small intimate window for a home, or creating a grand vision for a church or public building, Gerry brings to his work warmth, skill, uniqueness, directness of expression and, above all, a sense of beauty.
They work in a private studio in the quiet and beauty of a remnant rainforest. Visits are by appointment.