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.
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.
Last week saw the installation of some new work in St Gertrude's RC Church in Bermondsey, London. The panels depict the symbols of the four evangelists and use the elemental colours as the background. They were made using traditional stained techniques; antique glass, leading, acid etching, painting and staining.
It's been a great project to work on and was fantastic to see them in place!
I installed a new stained glass panel earlier this week that was an external window opening but is now internal following a new extension being built. It had to let a lot of light in as the window is borrowing light from the extension. I used a combination of handblown and rolled glass to modulate the light and sparkle on the surface. The subtle blues and browns tie in with the clients interior design scheme.
The collaged leaf design I've been developing for some time and I'll have to name it properly soon. Suggestions welcome!