Alfred Fisher MBE FMGP FRSA (b. 1933) trained at Liverpool Arts College before joining James Powell & Sons (Whitefriars) Ltd, where he developed his own distinctive style. In 1973 he co-founded Chapel Studio and worked there until retiring, mixing new work with important conservation projects. Now retired, his legacy of work can be found across the country, including Westminster Abbey, Buckingham Palace, Chequers and the Guildhall.
Source: Alfred Fisher website
Alfred Fisher and the Worshipful Company of Glaziers
The Worshipful Company of Glaziers was founded in 1328 and remains dedicated to the art and craft of stained glass. In recent times the emphasis has moved from the protection of the personal economic welfare of Glaziers to the preservation of the heritage of stained glass and the support of continuing high standards.
A key part of this work has been the annual competition for young artists, which began in 1932 and which, since 1982, has operated under the banner of the Stevens Competition, the premier competition for stained glass artists in the UK.
Alfred Fisher won awards from the Company in 1956-57, 1958-59, 1961-62, and 1962-63 and subsequently went on to act as a Stevens Competition judge and chair of the judges.
An image of an early Competition panel is shown opposite. Alfred Fisher comments that “At the time I was a draughtsman in the studio at Whitefriars, not having designed anything previously. The total output of the studio was ecclesiastical and I needed to do something different. I was very appreciative of the quality of the Whitefriars glass and wished to use it well but at the same time to demonstrate such skills as I had for the sake of the judges. This was the result – non-ecclesiastical but very traditional technically.”