Emma Butler Cole Aiken

From 1984-88 Emma studied at Edinburgh College of Art, specialising in stained glass (taught by Douglas Hogg) and graduating with BA (Hons).

She became a Self-employed stained glass artist in 1994 and since then has completed over 40 commissions, exhibits widely and occasionally teaches part-time.

In 2002, Emma was elected an Associate of the British Society of Master Glass Painters.

In September 2011, Emma received a Saltire Society Art and Craft in Architecture Commendation for her window “Dove” in Broxburn Parish Church.

Emma uses the traditional stained glass techniques of painting, staining and etching glass, but also sandblasts and fuses, sometimes combining many techniques in one piece. She uses beautiful handmade sheet glass, especially English Antique Glass, which has particularly fine qualities.

Her creative ethos encompasses traditional techniques in combination with contemporary vision.
While a large proportion of Emma’s work is commissioned and often of considerable scale, she enjoys the variety of making small objects in contrast to this. Using the scraps of glass left over from making glass windows, she has experimented with fusing glass: ‘I take risks and bend the rules resulting in unexpected colour combinations and textures. No piece can be exactly replicated’.

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