Patricia Jarrett 

I had always been fascinated by coloured glass from when I was quite young.  In 2005 I met Tim Foord at Wroxham Barns and spent half a day with him to learn about making stained glass items, unfortunately, his shop was busy with holidaymakers so I didn’t learn very much other than the basics.  I purchased all the equipment I would need and was determined to have a go myself.  Working full-time, I found I did not really have the time to devote to my new hobby.  Then in early 2006 I went on a half day course with the WI in Norwich.  The tutor had already cut the glass so all we had to do was put the copper foil on and solder to finish it.  I was so impressed by the tutor that I asked her if she ran evening classes.  She ran one-to-one classes and, although it seemed expensive, it was some of the best money I spent.  In June 2006 I spent a weekend with Julie Kirkham at Alby Stained Glass having intensive training.  During the weekend I produced a fish suncatcher and a mirror with three lilies on it and felt I had learned absolutely lots about stained glass.  

I was still working so didn’t have much time to practice.  In November 2006 I suffered a breakdown at work and did very little for about 15 months.  After about a year, a couple of friends asked if I could make them a stained glass mirror each.  I tried but had forgotten most of what I had learnt so I went back to see Julie at Alby Stained Glass.  By this time she had moved her business to Taverham Garden Centre. 
I spent half a day with her and we agreed that I would help her in her shop and studio one day a week in return for ongoing training.  Once I had completed the 2 mirrors, I was away.  There was no stopping me.  My family and friends were showered with stained glass suncatchers and mirrors until my daughter took me to one side and said please could I stop making things as they all had more glass than they knew what to do with.  I then started storing things I made in the garage until my husband started complaining so I had to find something else to do with it.  A friend asked me if I would like to do a craft fair in aid of Diabetes UK.  I met such nice people, both stallholders and customers.  At last, I had found an outlet for my hobby.  I now attend some craft fairs mainly in North Norfolk and also exhibit with the Norfolk Craft Guild.
I make suncatchers, mirrors and pictures as well as Christmas decorations using the copper foil (Tiffany) method) and am happy to undertake commissions or talk to groups about my hobby.  I don’t make leaded glass windows as, at my age, I am not clambering around on scaffolding or ladders fitting windows!!!!

Contact Pat

email: patriciajj@sky.com