Here's a shot of a newly installed window for a home that had the opportunity to create a stunning feature on the stairway. The design, using my saplings motif, makes the most of the natural light by using beautifully textured hand blown and rolled glass that catch and manipulate the light.
There's only two more dates available for my stained glass courses. Due to needing more space in the workshop and keeping my commissioned workflow going I'll be resting my courses for a while so it's the last opportunity to book a place on the remaining dates!
STAINED GLASS TASTER DAY - Friday 16th June - £120
The stained glass taster day serves as an introduction to the techniques of stained glass. You will have a go at cutting glass and assembling a small panel to take home with you. There's only 4 places on a course so there's plenty of one to one time.
2 DAY STAINED GLASS COURSE - Thursday 18th & Friday 19th May - £240
The two day stained glass course offers a more in depth experience of how to make a stained glass panel. You will learn how to cut glass, draw a design, choose your colours, lead, solder, cement and clean. There's only 4 places on a course so there's plenty of one to one time.
The Tresilian panels were commissioned by Paula and Tom from Hide at St Donats for the Pavilion building, part of the beautiful set up at Tresilian Woods. The panels depict aspects of the area along the Glamorgan Heritage Coast. The left panel references nearby Llantwit Major, the centre the Bow of Destiny and the right panel the pirates and wreckers that worked along the coastline.
The design for the window is a reflection of the history of the church and represents the sentiment in the following words when discussing its founders, ‘Their faith was strong, their spirit relentless, their sacrifices great’
The church is symbolised in the centre of the window with the circular form and paten or communion plate representing the sacrament of Holy Communion and the bringing together of people. This central motif frames all the other symbols.
The words ‘Faith, Spirit, Sacrifice’ are symbolised by using the dove to represent the Spirit, the cross as a symbol of sacrifice, in Christ’s sacrifice for our salvation, and the symbol of the Jesuits referring to St David Lewis, whom the church is dedicated to, as a symbol of faith in his act of martyrdom. Underneath the cross are root like shapes symbolising the roots of the church’s congregation of Irish families. The roots turn into the cross and behind the cross faded in the background is the shamrock leaf, used by St Patrick as a metaphor for the Holy Trinity. The multicoloured flecks moving to the centre of the window represents the welcome to the Church from other cultures of the world with the daffodil, appearing to the left of the cross, reflecting a new home in Wales. The colour blue as well as being a beautiful colour in glass is also a symbol of faith, truth and reflection.
The Lodge window was commissioned by The Cathedral School, Llandaff to commemorate the opening of the new building that houses the nursery and infant school.
The design was made in collaboration with the pupils and was developed after running a series of workshops with the pupils where we made drawings of leaves and seeds. The drawings were then collaged to make the final design into a tree form with the theme of nurture and growth.
These windows were commissioned for an extension to an old property where a new stone window opening was made to match an existing one on the first floor. The leaf motif was developed to create a patchwork effect of coloured glass over clear reamy and seedy hand blown glass that sparkle and play with the light. The coloured areas were painted with a light wash of glass paint to diffuse the light and let the glass glow, contrasting with the clears. The windows were installed using traditional glazing methods.
This double door was commissioned after meeting the clients in The Contemporary Craft Festival in Bovey Tracey. Each panel depicts an aspect of the interests and passions of their lives, from singing in a choir and collecting ceramics to the allotment and growing auriculas.
The design for this panel was inspired by the potter's wheel and was made for my friends and neighbours in Ewenny Pottery next door to my workshop. The blues, browns and yellow were drawn from the colours of the glazes used and the spun roundel in the centre reflects the spinning wheel and pot with the hands forming its shape.
I've finally got an online shop! It's taken a while but now you can buy a selection of stained glass decorations and stained glass collage panels. All of the pieces are unique and use traditional stained glass techniques. They are painted using kiln fired glass paints on hand blown and rolled glass then leaded together. I'll be putting some more work on over the next few months, feel free to take a look around…
I was very pleased to be awarded the 'Best Maker In Wales' award at this years Made By Hand in Cardiff. It was a real honour to receive the award at such a great show where all the work is of such a high standard. Many thanks to Sarah and the team for putting on such a great event. Looking forward to next year!
I'm very pleased to be part of this years summer exhibition at Gallery Nine in Bath. My work has been packed and sent today ready for display. The exhibition is on from Friday 1st Jult - Wednesday 31st August.
For further information contact Gallery Nine below…
Galley Nine, 9B Margarets Buildings, Bath BA7 2LP
Tel: 01225 319197
I can't believe it's already June and it's time for Contemporary Craft Festival in Devon later this week. It promises to be a great weekend. If you can make it I'll be in Marquee A Stand 29. It's on this Friday to Sunday, 10th - 12th June at Mill Marsh Park in Bovey Tracey.
I've also got two tickets available for the Private View on Thursday evening, 6-8pm. If you'd like them send me an email and I'll put them in the post for you. First come first served!
For all the information, activities and talks take a look here… http://www.craftsatboveytracey.co.uk/
Hope to see you there!
A great short film about making stained glass from the 1940's. To be honest nothing much has changed! I was put onto these films by a post by Simon in the Architectural Stained Glass Swansea group on Facebook. Thanks Simon!
A couple of weeks ago I was at the opening of the Swansea Glass Beacon Project that crowns the newly refurbished ALEX building where glass and industrial design are located. It was a collaboration between the staff from the glass department to create a piece to celebrate the course at swansea and the return to their original location after quite a few years moving around the campus while necessary building works were undertaken.
It was a great day hearing from everyone about the work and how it came about and nice to see old faces of past colleagues and students. Swansea Alumni were invited to submit a symbol or graphic that could be incorporated in the design and they made this great video about it all!
Just a quick update to let you know whats going on over the next few months…
I'll be at Made By Hand Contemporary Craft Fair in City Hall, Cardiff at the end of the month. If you're in the area come and take a look. I'll have some new small panels available and will be on stand 124 in the Upper Hall.
I'm also pleased to announce I have my decorations available in a number of galleries from St Ives to the Mumbles. Find out where
If you're near Hay on Wye I have some work (pictured above) in the Hay Makers Gallery in the autumn exhibition that's on until November 15th. Find out more
I'll also be announcing the date of my Christmas Open Studio very soon and you can keep up to date on the day to day goings on in the workshop on my Instagram and Facebook feeds.
That's all for now, enjoy crunching some autumn leaves!
Just noticed that I've got a mention in the summer's Crafts magazine for a stained glass space helmet I put together for artist Hefin Jones for his project the Welsh Space Campaign. Great write up on his work so far and nice to have a little feature within it.