I am a self-taught stained glass artist. After many years of unemployment, I started helping a friend who made domestic stained glass windows and doors. The meaningless designs frustrated me, so eventually I started making my own, inspired by allegorical medieval glass. I taught myself to paint on glass and to use a kiln and sandblaster. I use stained glass to tell stories, to try and communicate and make sense of my life, my memories and the world around me. I find the slow, laborious process of making stained glass helps me unravel my own confusion. In each image there are questions, jokes and stories. I use hand blown flashed glass and reclaimed glass, vitreous paint, a kiln and a sandblaster and either copper foil or lead. I’m also experimenting with using a drill, diamond files, layering and glass beads. The panels can either be fitted in a window space, or set in a light box and hung on the wall.