Newton Abbot Museum Stained Glass Commission

I have just completed a public commission with Newton Abbot Museum. They are restoring and moving too the disused St Leonard’s Church in Newton Abbot town centre. 

For the last 6 weeks I have commandeered the church, used it as a temporary studio, to teach 160 people various aspects of glass making. We have been creating small pieces of glass art to incorporate into the fabric of the new building. All the work has been made in response to the museum’s artefacts and image library. We have celebrated a wide selection of the museum collection. From Great Western Railway photo’s to the wooden, carved Tudor Sandford Orleigh Screen.

The site is in desperate need of the love it will soon receive, the restoration of the building begins soon, with National Heritage Lottery funding and once converted it will house the museum and the town council chambers. The building has significant stained glass by well known Victorian

artist Fredrick Drake, who also worked on Exeter Cathedral, various sites in Newton Abbot and St Michael’s in Teignmouth. St Leonard’s is also full of lovely carved details and the old organ pipes. It has been a real privilege to work in the building and be part of its future. 

I worked with eight community groups in total. Wolborough Primary School, Coombshead Academy, University of the Third Age, Learn Devon, Newton Abbot Art Group, museum volunteers, council workers and local children. I also held 3 days for the general public. Between all these groups we have made tea cups and cakes for a Madge Mellor inspired mobile for the refreshment area and cast glass tiles to decorate the museum walls. We also made lots of painted, acid etched and photo transfer details inspired by the museum’s fantastic and varied collection; which I will incorporate into two, 3m tall panels to flank the main entrance of the building. 

In the run up to the new museum building opening the Community Engagement Officer Kate Green will be running various workshops and interactive experiences to connect Newton Abbot citizens with their local museum. Look out for updates in the local press! 

Here are some of the things we produced, more to come as soon! 

 

 

Series of Fused Panels, architectural glass, inspired by Stanton Macdonald-Wright

Over the years I have made several large panels for a couple with a new build, grand designs style house in Gloucestershire. They are a lovely couple who

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have come back for a second pair of windows to accompany their initial rectangular front door transom light. I made the triangular panels some months ago now, but have been very remiss with my blog. 

I made these panels by fusing crushed up glass ‘frit’ onto a clear glass base layer and they were fired at The Creative Glass Guild in Bristol as they were far to big for my kiln! The triangular panels are just under a meter tall. These are the largest fused things I have ever made, and waiting for the kiln to finish made me feel a bit sick, as so much can go wrong if you get the heating and cooling wrong with big pieces of glass. Anyway, they turns out very well and the clients are very happy too! 

The clients are fans of abstract artist Stanton Macdonad-Wright and the designs are inspired by his work. 

New stained glass for a historic house

Really enjoyed making these two large stained glass panels for a historic house in Teignmouth. The house already had a beautiful, large original stained glass windows. Some of which were skillfully painted in the high Victorian style. I took inspiration from details of these original windows and some inspiration from a Medieval  book of medicinal plants called ‘The New Herbal’ from the 1530’s (in Exeter Library Rare Book Collection) with its many woodcut images of plants.  Continue reading “New stained glass for a historic house”

Devon Remembers – Teignmouth Home Front War Memorial Unveiled

Amy McCarthy War Memorial

Just over a year ago I started on a wonderful journey into the past with Teignmouth Community School. The Year 7 pupils researched Teignmouth in WWI and then I led drawing workshops with the 180 children to produce drawings on this theme. The results were great and you can see all the original pictures and read about the process here. 

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Internal window with the wow factor: floral stained glass window

This large stained glass window has left for its new home today; it is an internal window between two rooms and has added a great feature to their renovation. The iridescent clear glass allows lots of light to flood into the other room and allowed me to use strong rich red, green and blue glass without compromising the light.  Continue reading “Internal window with the wow factor: floral stained glass window”