Tony Sandles – Artist and Craftsman

Just one day after the 1987 hurricane the Tony Sandles Stained Glass studio opened in South London.

Helped along by the late 1980’s property boom Tony was soon making and restoring stained glass windows and leaded lights for a wealth of Victorian and Edwardian villas in and around Crystal Palace.

In 1995, the business moved to Clerkenwell. Working alongside other artists, Tony gained valuable insights into the making and installing of large stained glass windows designed by prominent glass artists such as Patrick Reyntiens, Graham Jones and Brian Clarke. Being based in central London gave access to a new clientele of architects, interior designers and high-end residential customers.

A re-location in 1997 to rural North West Essex provided larger studio space to house the equipment to take on commercial projects. As well as developing a new local client base leading to commissions in listed buildings and churches, Tony maintained and fostered his links with London based interior designers, creating a wide variety of custom made glass, furniture, sculptures, kiln-formed and sand etched screens.

By 2008 commissions were varying greatly in character and ever increasing in size. The term stained glass dropped out of the lexicon when the company Tony Sandles Glass Ltd was formed. Having outgrown the premises in Great Chesterford the company celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2012 by moving into a nearby purpose built studio in Wimbish, Saffron Walden.

As an innovative and practical glass artist who is attuned and responsive to current interior design trends, Tony is constantly evolving his repertoire of techniques. Vintage and distressed silver mirrors are much in demand back painted with copper and zinc hues. Using silver and gold leaf to create verré eglomise glass produces panels with a subtly distressed appearance. Experimenting with kiln formed glass which results in obscure and aesthetically appealing textured surfaces, Tony has found that by silvering it, another dimension is added, further distancing it from silvered flat factory glass. After a gap of over ten years, Tony has dipped back into making architectural glass and furnishings, this time ‘antiquing’ cast glass for use as cornices and columns with bevelled mirrors antiqued to match, creating ethereal mirrored rooms.

Robin Sandles – Joiner and Craftsman

After leaving Rycotewood Furniture College in Oxford, a renowned centre of excellence in furniture design in 2013, Robin Sandles gained a broad experience as a furniture maker. Robin joined the company as Production Assistant in 2020. He was very much involved in building cast glass bars and their installation. He became a director in 2023. Having grown up helping out in school holidays with leadlights in the studio this handson background means he has absorbed the ethos of converting a brief through to completion, and currently heads up production co-ordinating with designers and suppliers.  Together Tony & Robin are innovators, making architectural glass and furnishings, producing ‘antiqued’ cast glass for use as cornices and columns creating ethereal mirrored rooms for high-end clients. Always looking for the next evolution in making beautiful, mirrored panels.