Jonathan Cooke served a four-year apprenticeship at York Glaziers' Trust, where he learnt the traditional techniques and methods for the creation, conservation and restoration of stained glass, working on the restoration of York Minster following the fire of 1984.
Jonathan has been a regular contributor at conferences in the UK, Europe and the USA. He has established a reputation as one of the leading exponents of restoration glass painting of all periods, and presented a paper in September 2017 entitled "Scratching the Surface" on the techniques of late c19 English stained glass workshops at the International CVMA conference in Cambridge, also published in a peer- reviewed volume, Art at the Surface: Creation, Recognition, Conservation. He is a member of Liverpool Anglican Cathedral's Fabric Advisory Committee, stained glass adviser to several Diocesan Advisory Committees, a former adviser to the Glaziers' Trust and member of Churchcare's stained glass committee.
Ruth is the author of the chapters on stained glass in Windows: History, Repair and Conservation (Donhead 2007). She was appointed stained glass adviser to Blackburn Diocese in 2019. One of their major projects features in English Heritage Conservation Basics (Practical Building Conservation series).
Both are passionate about handing on craft skills. Jonathan is a mentor for ICON, and for the Livery Companies' pilot apprenticeship scheme. He has taught glass painting at the Architectural Glass Centre in Swansea for more than twenty years, as well as in other UK venues. Time and Temperature, his manual on glass painting techniques which has now sold nearly 500 copies, was published by Swansea Metropolitan University in 2013. Internationally, he has undertaken workshops for the American Glass Guild in New Jersey, and Orlando, Florida, and in Norway for Trondheim Cathedral. He is currently working with colleagues in education and the commercial sector to develop and deliver a national standard for apprenticeships in stained glass.
For Jonathan's original artwork in stained glass www.jonathancooke.com
Details of a Christopher Whall window at St Mark Woodhouse, Leeds: (now Gateway Church), restored and conserved by Jonathan and Ruth Cooke 2013