Rachel Phillips is a stained glass artist whose practice is concerned with the use of glass as an applied art in architecture. She has designed and made many architectural and stained glass commissions for churches and other public and private buildings across the UK, most recently completing a series of five windows for the Royal Chapel at Beaumaris Castle with her creative partner, Linda Norris.
She lectures at the internationally renowned Swansea School of Glass, part of the University of Wales Trinity St David, where she specializes in traditional stained glass techniques including medieval glass painting.
Rachel Phillips is interested in the potential of glass to affect both the external, physical environment and the internal, emotional one. She is interested in its use in traditional and non-traditional ways and enjoys exploring the use of established stained glass techniques in contemporary styles and settings.
She is drawn to rich, colourful work especially the medieval and folk art motifs found in embroidery, ceramics and sculpture. She translates these into her own glass work in both architectural and intimate scales of work to convey expressions of the physical and spiritual struggles of growth, love, joy and purpose.