About Us

Leadlines Stained Glass Studio is located near Belfast, Northern Ireland in the picturesque setting of Donegore, Dunadry. The stained glass studio is home to artist, David Esler, who has worked as a stained glass artist for over 40 years.  At the studio you will receive expert advice and individual design for both contemporary and traditional stained glass for domestic, commercial and ecclesiastic situations.  David has been an Associate Member of the British Society of Master Glass Painters since October 2001.

Using the versatility of traditional techniques of painting, staining, and enameling David has developed a strong distinctive style of work.  He also works in the medium of fused glass and pvb vinyl laminated in glass.  Inspiration comes from poetry, nature and symbolism which influence the themes and narratives of each commission.

David possesses the ability to adapt his style dependant upon the location of the commission, be it a modern or traditional setting, Ecclesiastical, Corporate or a Domestic dwelling.


David approaches each project with great sensitivity bringing understanding and knowledge of the subject. Each project is researched thoroughly before creating the initial design.

Spiritual narrative, movement, colour and light are important elements to the dynamic of David’s design process; this results in a stained glass feature with an encouragement to those who will view his work for generations to come.

“Stained glass within the spiritual context has the potential to be at its best a dramatic, lyrical and enigmatic art form.”
David Esler AMGP


Inspired by nature, poetry and culture, David sets his themes to new rhythms through colour and light. His work in glass acts as a signifier of modernity for potential clients in the corporate sector.

“Glass can provide a focal point to dramatise a space within any building bringing an ever changing mood to the area”
David Esler AMGP


David works closely with clients to create traditional and contemporary bespoke works of art in the medium of glass. His subtle use of movement and colour combine with the play of light to create the unique individuality each client demands.

You will be advised on all styles of design in glass that will enhance any environment.
New leaded and stained glass can be provided encased in double glazed units as well as the traditional method of single glazing.

“The use of design in the home should say something about the individuality of the people who live there.”
David Esler AMGP

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David Esler has definite, innovative ideas on how to approach commissions be it ecclesiastical, corporate or domestic. The development of an idea requires a knowledge of glass, an understanding of colour and light, not to mention how these are changed by environment.

The Studio has produced commissions worldwide and are happy to discuss projects for anywhere in the UK and beyond.   Having recently shipped to Philadelphia, USA we have established excellent links to ensure that our artwork arrives to its destination in perfect condition.

David works in the following mediums:

  • Contemporary and Traditional Stained Glass
  • Fused Glass
  • Sandblast Etched Design
  • Applied Vinyl
  • Restoration of old or damaged stained and leaded glass


One day stained glass painting workshops available:

The morning is spent learning the techniques of painting on glass using traditional paint and a variety of brushes. These techniques include tracing and matting, learning to control the paint to produce a confident trace-line and using different brushes to make a smooth and even matt. You will also work with a variety of brushes, sticks, and quills to create different decorative effects in both wet and dry matts and to learn the techniques of shading. The glass will be fired at the end of the morning session.

The afternoon will be spent applying further paint to develop the image and in using silver-stain and enamels which impart additional colours to the glass when fired. There will be a second firing and students will take home a finished piece approximately 12″ x 12″.

Please contact the studio for more details on this fantastic experience.

Studio Tours and Talks:

We operate an open studio and we are always delighted to welcome visitors see our artist at work.  In addition to this, David also holds periodic talks on different topics related to stained glass as well as talks upon request for groups.  We can also assist you in a heritage trail so you can discover some of David’s work for yourself around Northern Ireland in buildings such as Stormont Castle and Armagh Cathedral.  For more information on tours and talks please contact the studio.

Gallery showing other artists work:

In the studio you find an excellent range of jewellery, sculpture, ceramics and prints of local Irish artists for sale.  Further details can be found on our facebook page or why not call in for a look!

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028 9443 3733





24 Donegore Hill


Country Antrim

BT41 2HW

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