Pinkie Maclure is an award-winning Scottish artist who uses stained glass to tell contemporary stories, linking the characters and events of the past with the world today.
A self-taught artist, she grew up drawing prolifically, but was put off by a sexist art teacher and gave up visual art until she was in her fifties. She had, however, spent her forties helping a friend to make domestic stained glass windows and became excited about the possibilities of using the medium to tell stories.
She is bewitched by medieval glass, with its dark humour and fine detail. In 2015, she started making more personal, finely-detailed pieces to display in light boxes, like glowing paintings.
Through a process of trial and error, she has taught herself to paint and fire imagery on glass. Working with hand blown glass, a sandblaster and a drill, she uses a variety of experimental techniques, including layering, engraving and diamond filing.
Initially considered an ‘outsider’ artist, because of her background and the personal nature of her work, she was quickly noticed by curators at the National Museum of Scotland who purchased a piece by her in 2020, leading to wider recognition of her work.