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.
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.
Ewenny 900 Medieval Fayre was a great success. The sun shone all day and there was a great turn out. I made a stained glass panel over the day with lots of curious onlookers and I had the pleasure of the company of Alun and Jayne from Ewenny Pottery and Marvin the basket weaver who makes the cyntell. A traditional craft showcase! And I had to get in character hence the monk outfit! The battle re-enactment guys were great but the musicians stole the show for me. I've alway loved the hurdy gurdy and was the first time I'd heard it played live.
Photos are courtesy of Louvain Rees. http://hellohistoria.blogspot.co.uk
Here are the results from the 'Intermediate Stained Glass Evening Class' that finished a few weeks ago. Well done to Neil, Emma and Lucy who made some brilliant panels. Liz has taken on a slightly bigger project and and will be finishing hers soon!
Everyone had been on either a beginners weekend or evening class with me previously and now wanted to learn about painting on glass and also about silver stain which is how Neil created his 3D cube panel to great effect! For more about my courses go to…http://www.christianryan.com/stained-glass-courses/
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.
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'm featured in this month's Art Share Love Wales magazine!
Work has begun on a new project with The Cathedral School in Llandaff to design and make a stained glass panel to hang in The Lodge. It will commemorate their move into the new building. I've been working all week with nursery, reception, year 1 and 2 creating large scale group drawings to inspire a design based on the theme of 'Growth and Nurture'.
I have to say it's been a great week, the children and staff were wonderful and I'm absolutely shattered! I'll put some more work up as I progress with the project.
The first beginner's stained glass evening class of the year has begun! Over six weeks we'll learn how to make a stained glass panel. Last week we learned how to cut glass and about different glass types. This week we designed and drew cartoons and cutlines ready to select and cut the glass.
lasses have been booking up fast and many of the dates for the first part of the year have now been filled. I've put on an extra date for a Taster Day course in April and may put on more, I'll keep you informed. You can also book custom dates to the ones I have listed on my site, just get in touch to arrange.
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!
Had an interesting day last Saturday making a stained glass space helmet with artist Hefin Jones for the Welsh Space Campaign! Take a look at Hefin's work here… http://www.hefinjones.co.uk/ The helmet forms part Hefin's work for a Crafts Council touring exhibition next month.