Yvonne Williams - Stained glass Artist
Yvonne Williams was born in Trinidad where her parents were in business. Back in Toronto, she graduated from the Ontario College of Art, winning the Governor General's Gold Medal for ex&hy;cellence in life drawing and design. Having worked for a time as a sculptor, she decided to change her focus to stained glass. Since there was no teacher of this art in Toronto, she went to Boston to appren&hy;tice for two years at the Charles Connick Studio. Returning to Toron&hy;to in 1930, she began to work on her own.
Today, her windows may be seen in some 150 chapels, churches and cathedrals throughout the country, which establishes her as a leading figure in this field.
James Craig, architect, commissioned her to create the windows for the Foster Memorial Temple. While working within stringent budget limits, she offered a design which would give beauty to the temple's interior. The windows were cut. leaded and installed by her co-worker, the late George London.
Miss Williams, now in her 80's and living in Toronto, is still ac&hy;tively involved in her work, (in 1986)"