About Clare...... and her everlasting love of sunshine, candlelight & lanterns.....

Every cloud has a silver (glass painted) lining.......!

Thanks so much for taking the time to visit Ornately Lanterns! I hope you like what you see!

I'm Clare Smythson and 
I fell in love with glass painting at the beginning of this century (February 2000 to be precise)!!
My fabulous mother bought me a book on it when I was recovering from a very serious illness - I was THOROUGHLY bored, but wasn't capable of doing very much......

And it took off from there......!

I discovered that I LOVE the rich colours that glass paint offers - so much more vibrant than other paints. And the colours are even more radiant with light behind them - hence my love of painting lanterns & candle holders.


I live in Redhill in Surrey, near London in the UK with my partner, Lee, and Badger the cat.  It's not an area that is well known for its warm & sunny weather.....

But I find that I respond really strongly to bright sunshine - it wakes me up & keep me happy! And in its absence I warm to bright, brilliant colours, as they remind me of hot holiday spots and the primary colours that blossom there....

So Ornately Lanterns specialises in gorgeous glass, hand painted in rich, jewel-like colours - and all my items are designed to bring a bit of colour and sunshine into whichever room or garden they find themselves in