Cariad Glass – Chris and Justine Dodd

Cariad Glass – Chris and Justine Dodd

Tell us a little about what you make? 

We are stained glass artists, specialising in leaded glass work and hand painted, kiln fired glass work for commissions across the world as well as restoration.

We are passionate about our traditional craft, and still use tools and techniques that were used by stained glass artists hundreds of years ago.  

What inspires you and where do you find that inspiration? 

We’re very lucky that our studio is based in the small market town of Llandysul in rural west Wales, nestled in the stunning Teifi Valley – a glorious area for artisans, walkers, kayakers and musicians alike. 

Inspiration is all around us, from our morning walk to the studio with our three dogs to the changing seasons that surround us. 

Justine’s unique watercolour inspired style of painted work is a reflection of the flowers, birds and animals that she loves whilst Chris is instrumental in recreating restoration painting styles from bygone eras. 

Tell us about your favourite medium. 


What are your favourite and least favourite parts of being an artist or maker? 

Favourite parts – seeing our business grow and thrive over the past twenty-plus years, being able to create pieces that will bring joy for many years  to so many people,  teaching the art of stained glass and mosaic work to enthusiastic beginners AND having the best job in the world! 

Least favourite  - there not being enough hours in the day to have even more fun with glass! 

What does being a member of the Ceredigion Art and Craft Trail mean to you? 

It’s a great way to advertise all that Ceredigion has to offer as well as showcasing the huge range of talented artisans we have in our midst. 

How do you manage a work-life balance as an artist/maker? 

Badly…!! We love spending time in our studio/gallery and really enjoy every moment of being a maker, planning the next project, creating new work and always striving to promote ‘made in Llandysul’ and ‘made in Wales’ as this is so important to us. 

We’re currently creating a Studio Garden space too so every weekend is spent having fun with fencing, planting and weeding! 

What are you working on at the moment? 

Restoration work for local chapels and private houses, secret commissions for upcoming special occasions as well as some larger work in progress for homes in England and Wales. 

How do you know when your work is finished?

All our work goes through a similar process – initial design, final pattern creation, glass choosing/cutting, hand painting and firing (if required), followed by leading, soldering and cementing.

A piece is ready once the lead cement has been allowed to fully dry and harden before a panel can be fitted, which is usually two weeks after completion so it is quite a straightforward process to know when a panel is ready. 

What is the biggest challenge of being an artist/maker? 

Admin…..a necessary evil! 

What advice would you give to new artists or makers at the start of their creative journey? 

Just do it – you’ll never, ever regret embarking on the most exciting pathway into making, creating and having the BEST fun doing what you love!