Fire, Light & Shade Exhibition

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I'm delighted to be taking part in a group exhibition in Ilkley Manor House, Yorkshire in the Autumn along with fellow stained glass artists Jonathan Cooke, Rachel Phillips, Simon Howard and Catrin Davies.

Ilkley Manor House, Castle Yard, Ilkley, West Yorkshire, LS29 9DT

14th - 16th September 2018, 10.30 - 5.00pm

https://www.ilkleymanorhouse.org

https://www.ilkleymanorhouse.org/event/fire-light-shade-exhibition/

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Capturing Magic - The Making of Stained Glass

A great short film showing some of the processes and supplier I use in my work, enjoy…

This film shows the materials and methods used for making stained glass from medieval times to now. The film has been made in partnership between The Stained Glass Museum, Ely and The Stained Glass Centre, York. It was shot on location in Ely Cathedral, The Stained Glass Museum in Ely, York Minster, York Glaziers Trust, the Salisbury Stained Glass Studio, and the workshops at English Antique Glass in Wolverhampton.

The film was completed under the guidance of the two partnership institutions by the Creative Director of Historyworks, Helen Weinstein, with Sound by Jon Calver and Edit by Ross Casswell, the team at Historyworks.

To find out more about the range of public history and media projects at Historyworks - go to:
historyworks.tv/

To find out more about The Stained Glass Centre in York - go to:
stainedglasscentre.org/

To find out more about The Stained Glass Museum in Ely - go to:
stainedglassmuseum.com/

To contact Historyworks if you would like a film made for a museum, gallery, university project, library, archive, or heritage site, email the Creative Director, Helen Weinstein = historyworks@gmail.com

Source: https://vimeo.com/112377265

St David Lewis RC Church, Bettws, Newport

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, The Cathedral School, Llandaff

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.

Read more about the making of The Lodge Window

Private Residence, Cowbridge, Vale of Glamorgan

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.

Online Shop Launch

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… 

Making The Lodge Window

Work is nearly complete on the stained glass panel commissioned by The Cathedral School, Llandaff to commemorate the opening of The Lodge, 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 drawing workshops making and drawing leaves and seeds. The drawings were then collaged to make the final design.

In the images you can see the design board and the various stages of the glass being cut, painted, fired and leaded together.

 

The Evangelists Installation

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!

Stained Glass Saplings

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!