TO write that no-one ever found an unkind word to say about the Catholic artist Moira Forsyth, who died recently, might suggest a rather bland and insipid personality, writes Winefride Pruden. Nothing would be farther from the truth: she could be trenchant in her opinions and judgements, and her wit was not without a touch of astringency.
Moira Forsyth was born in 1905, the daughter of the celebrated ceramic designer Gordon Forsyth.
Moira went on to train in ceramics at Burslem School of Art, and later she won a national scholarship to the College of Art, where her interest was diverted to stained
A visit to Chartres confirmed her new commitment, and although she continued to practise and teach ceramics, this
was only a means of livelihood while she established her reputation as a stained glass artist. During the second World War she worked in the Ministry of Town and Country Planning.
From 1954-59 Moira was engaged on eight 25ft armorial windows for Eton College chapel. This was her most important undertaking apart from the great Benedictine window at Norwich cathedral, installed in 1963.
Moira Forsyth was a former president of the Society of Catholic Artists and a member of the International Society of Christian Artists. Her work can be seen at sites throughout Britain, including St Paul's Cathedral, St Columba's in Pont Street, the Middle Temple, Bradford Cathedral and at her own parish church of St Joan of Arc, Farnham, where her requiem took place.