The Opticolour story
Opticolour was founded in 2002 by glass artist Katherine Hirst and glazing expert Stephen Bale. From their small studio in Bath, the pair produced coloured glass panels by hand, fitting them in homes and commercial premises around the West Country. As Opticolour’s reputation for excellent quality and customer service grew, the company quickly expanded. In 2007 we moved to state-of-the-art workshops on the outskirts of the city, in the beautiful Somerset countryside.
Opticolour now employs a team of more than 30 staff, from surveyors and glass panel sprayers to fitters and CAD technicians. State-of-the-art technology has allowed us to embrace incredible innovations, including high-resolution glass printing, beautiful antiqued mirror finishes, and ultra-precise shaping and cutting for a seamless, flawless finish.
Our reputation for quality and craftsmanship has led to collaborations with some of the UK’s most highly regarded kitchen and bathroom manufacturers, best known interior brands and biggest construction groups. Despite our success, we still pride ourselves on providing a reliable, friendly and stress-free glass panels service to every one of our customers, and taking the greatest care with every job, however large or small.
The Opticolour team
We are very proud that many members of our team have been with us since the early days. We very rarely use outside contractors – we feel it is crucial that our workforce has been thoroughly trained by experienced staff, in order to maintain our standards of quality and craftsmanship.
We believe that investment in people is every bit as important as investment in technology. Every new member of our glass panels production and installation team receives a full apprenticeship to NVQ level 2 – it takes up to two years to become fully trained in any one area of our work – and many of our senior expert technicians and processors are the best in the business.
Our glass panels workshops are located in an idyllic rural setting near the village of Priston, a few miles west of Bath city centre. Despite the tranquillity around us, we work extremely hard to ensure that orders are processed to deadline, and we pride ourselves on our quick and reliable service.
What our customers say about us
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