The Glass Painter as Storyteller

The Real Glass Painting podcast: episode #1

It’s interesting to talk with people, not just paint and write. So this is something new for you.

A podcast. Here’s episode #1 – the glass painter as storyteller.

Are you ready for us to talk?

Then listen here:



Warning: contains strong language. Well, one bad word. Plus a strong attack on a certain breed of writers, which is why we glass painters are so very, very fortunate by comparison.

If my English accent is difficult, listen and read the transcript here.


Stephen Byrne

9 thoughts on “The Glass Painter as Storyteller

  1. Very interesting, Stephen. I love this new form of communicating with us. Looking forward to more … and more … and more …

  2. This is scary, Stephen. Your voice and intonation are pretty much the way I imagined them. A great way to communicate! Just waiting for the next step … 3D visual as you speak! (Just kidding).

    Looking forward to more of the same.
    Warmest regards,

  3. What a wonderful way to get your message across! I’m looking forward to MANY more of these. Best you make sure you have a good stock of throat lozenges ‘cos you’re going to be talking lots and lots! Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us and putting everything into such beautiful perspective!

  4. Hello Stephen,

    To start with, let me say this is a very interesting way of communicating with us: it is a great way to make a better understanding of what you are explaining in your written posts. And I am sure we glass painters will gain many great things from your dedication to glass painting.

    All the best to you and your nice family – also to David’s.

    Thanks again for such a great work.


  5. I had a philosophy teacher in college who made a comment the first day of class that I have never forgotten. He said, “You may think this class is unimportant or a waste of time compared to the practical skills you would prefer to spend your time acquiring, but you are quite wrong. Your philosophy and your attitude toward a thing can and will affect the whole course of your life.” This is a period of great personal upheaval in my life and glass painting has been such a source of solace. It never occurred to me that my choice of tools (as you mentioned in the podcast) would quite naturally be reflected in my life choices.

    I love this new means of communicating! And, oh you are so right. I have grumbled and grumbled about those incorrigible lines and shadows that weren’t quite right without ever recognizing their virtue. Thank you!

  6. Dear Stephen,

    A few days ago I watched again your first DVD – The Diamond Lights of Hampton Hall – and it made me think (among other things) just how few mistakes you do, and how final is every line you make – even though it could have been different, slightly shorter, thinner or curved just a touch left or right. How imperfect and at the same time how compact and finished.

    I like the way you put it: “With glass painting, when it’s done, it’s done. There’s no going back, you can’t change anything. And if you’re fortunate and work hard enough you get to grow the frame of mind which learns to live with the finality of each and every brush-stroke. You learn to get it right first time.” – How well said and how poignant.

    And one more fact that is obvious: you have great voice – and I wonder if anyone at the BBC Radio (section of dramatic acts and fairy tales!) is listening to your podcast?

    It’s a great addition to your palette!

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