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! 

 

 

Farm Landscape Stained Glass Panel.

My latest commission has just been delivered! Destined for Smallicome Farm B&B, this panel has lotstained glass farm scenes of symbolism for the family. The scene reflects the gorgeous countryside around their farm, which is nestled in a green valley just outside Honiton, Devon.

The family farm is run by several generations and there were lots of different animals and features they wanted to include. The result is a colourful reflection ofsmallicombe stained glass pigs the farm and its warm family atmosphere.

As with all my stained glass, I have painted all the features onto the glass and fired them in the kiln (2 whole kiln loads in this window!). There is lots of detail in this panel, from the pigs which are part of their company logo to the tiny bird on the apple basket. They run a mixed farm and the sheep and cows on the hill reflect this. I am especially pleased with how the tree has come out, the glass for this is 30 years old and is a lovely dark amber.

hand painted stained glass apple basketI have then leaded the panel using traditional leading techniques and it is going to be the central panel in a triple glazed wooden window unit. The panel celebrates the conclusion of their extensive restoration project and is going into a bricked up door. This makes a great back lit feature to the farm reception area, so when people arrive at night they are given a little slice of colour and it is a great feature for the families private living room on the other side. Because it is going into a glazed unit its going to be well insulated! Honiton Joinery are making up the glazed unit.