Art of Glass: In the studio with Scottish based artist Pinkie Maclure (National Museum of Scotland)


Pinkie Maclure marries traditional craft techniques with a radically different aesthetic approach to stained glass.

Often darkly humorous, she creates pieces that are a social commentary on today’s society and our impact on the environment.

Perthshire-based Pinkie Maclure began working with glass almost by accident. Her partner was working as a self-employed stained glass window maker, mainly restoring Victorian windows, and making new ones for front doors. He asked if she could help him out.

For Art of Glass, she has created Beauty Tricks, which critiques the human and environmental impact of the beauty industry and the pressure women sometimes place on themselves and their daughters.


This film is a production by the National Museum of Scotland in partnership with The National Centre for Craft & Design. It was made as part of the Art of Glass Exhibition in 2018 which examined the diverse work of 15 established and emerging glass artists in Britain today.

Pinkie Maclure

I grew up in a fishing village on the north-east coast of Scotland, spending most of my spare time drawing imaginary people and worlds.

The break-up of my family took me to a different school where the art teacher, a sexist bully, made fun of me and I was nicknamed ‘the misfit’ by pupils and teachers alike. ​

I gave up drawing completely and went travelling, moving from squat to squat for many years.

I poured my creative energy into performance and songwriting, releasing 10 albums over the next 30 years.

In 2000, out of financial necessity and quite by chance, I found a job assisting a friend with the making and mending of architectural stained glass windows. ​

Frustrated by the meaningless (and often hideous) designs I was asked to reproduce at work, I became drawn to the strange beauty and storytelling power of medieval stained glass.

From books, I taught myself to paint and fire glass and eventually bought a sandblaster, a drill and began to explore a multitude of new techniques. ​

In 2013, I began to focus exclusively on personal work (often mounted in light boxes) and found it could be a way out of years of emotional and artistic frustration. ​

The technical process is less interesting to me than the content ; I want to tackle thought-provoking , contemporary subject matter and link the characters of the past with my own neighbours and adversaries.

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