‘Births, Marriages and Deaths,’ help me find photographs for my new artwork

Have you celebrated a major life event at St Michael the Archangel, Teignmouth? If so I need your help!!!

St Michael’s have kindly allowed myself and talented artist Rachael Bennett to exhibit our Devon Open Studios 2018 show  (8-22nd September) in the church and we are using the opportunity to make work in response to the history, architecture and landscape of this well loved landmark during the event.

 

For Open studios I am planning to create a large artwork on the social history of the church, so many Teignmouthian’s have passed through the building, in Christening gown, wedding dress or onto their final resting place and I want to explore all the human history of the church during open studios.

My intention is to fire lots of photographic images of people’s christenings, marriages and funerals onto glass and make a stained glass celebrating the history of the church and it’s congregation. 

BUT to make this work I need of photos!  I am asking everyone who has passed through the doors of the church to send me a copy of their favourite photos of these life events.

Did your grandparents get married there?

Did you get married there?

WouImage result for pictures of st michael the archangel teignmouthld you like to remember a special person whose funeral was held there? Have you got photos in your family album that I could scan and add to the artwork? 

I promise to use the images respectfully, to make a gorgeous glass panel celebrating our town’s social history. I intend to have a silent auction on the panel at the end of the event to raise funds for the church repair appeal.

If you already have a digital copy of a photograph you would like to share with me then please email me info@amyorangejuice.co.uk 

Thank you in advance Amy McCarthy 

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. 

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! 

 

 

New Work for Edge Sculpture Trail

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Went to install my new panel in the woods at the P1010568annual sculpture trail at High Heathercombe Centre

EDGE is an outdoor sculpture trail on Dartmoor and is set in a woodland with a stream running through. The theme this year is Renewal.

I haven’t tried to hang a stained glass window in the woods before and I really like how it looks suspended in the trees. Stained glass is usually in such solid stone and brick built openings and its quite different looking at it just suspended in the air. face portrait woodland ed

The panel mixes fused glass and traditional stained glass painting and leading. Its in a very sturdyWoodland Education work shopy frame, so lets hope it survives the Dartmoor Weather! Heavy rain and thunderstorms are forecast this week, so fingers crossed.

I don’t usually add textwoodland ed detail to my own work, but I have written a little bit of text that goes around the edge. No idea where this new found poetic streak has come from!

The panel is called Woodland Education and the words say

Gazing up, at the lacework sky of leaves,

‘Is that all?’, she sighed.

‘Oh no’, hushed the trees in wolfish reply.

‘You Can Always Try Again’.

 

 

 

Tropical fish stained glass windows

tropical fish stained glassI have just installed these 2 windows into a newly renovated home in Exeter. The building itself is an old vicarage, which is several hundred years old and has been added to over the years, most significantly in the 1960s and again by the new ownersP1010511. They have added a new atrium and extension, but this has left the bathroom on the ground and first floors with windows over looking the staircase, so one of the main design factors was obscuring the bathrooms for privacy.

P1010513The clients wanted lots of colour, lots of fish and lots of blue. The windows are one above another and visible both from the staircase and the bathrooms. The bottoP1010496m panel has coral and the fronds
of seaweed reach up and match up to those of the first floor window.

Each ofP1010494 the fish in the design has been formed in my kiln by melting crushed and small strips of glass. Once the glass has melted together into fish shapes I have
painted the details on and re-fired in the kiln to fix the P1010482paint in place. Once I made all the fish I incorporated them into a traditional, leaded stained glass windows, mixing modern techniques with traditional ones, which echoes the mixture of old and new architecture in the house.

red fish kiln formedThese have been a labour of love  and very time consuming; incorporating fused glass is technically more tricky than a standard leaded panel. But they have been well worth the effort, the clients are delighted with them and I think they have turned out really well.  I especially like the way they reflect off the white bathroom tiles and bounce coloured fish reflections around the rooms.

Exmouth Window

Exmouth landscape stained glassThis is a new piece, commissioned for a 1920’s front door for a period house inP1000545 Exmouth.

My client wantedacid etched shell the local landscape and beach huts as a theme and I enhanced this seaside theme more by acid etching and etching shells into some of the glass border.

Acid etching was the first surface technique I learned and it remains one of my favourite effects. The way that the texture – and therefore light transmission of the glass is altered is both subtle and effective and is very useful for adding close up detail without making the overall design too ‘busy’.  To add a contemporary twist I have fired the photograph of Exmouth Beach huts onto glass in my kiln and this modern process gives a contrast to the traditional leading and etching.
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Island of Tresco Window

I have just installed this large window, which I have been working on for the last couple of months. It istresco in the window just over a metre square and is situated in the lounge/diner of a modern bungalow. The client was keen to obscure the view from the window: an ugly brick wall and as she has a special love of the Island of Tresco a landscape seemed like the perfect solution.

The window has lots of details, to keep the viewer interested over a long period. As well as using a wide range of textures and types of stained glass (from antique, mouth blown glass to modern, machine rolled iridescent water glass) and have acid etched shells into the glass in the border and painted agapanthus (in a mixture of glass enamels and lustre, which were then fired in the kiln) and other natural details in the panel itself. 

The 20151204_085003window sits in front of a double glazed window, resting on the window sill and is screwed into the window surround with small brackets and thanks to my helpful dad who made a frame for the panel to sit in.

The Tresco panel has transformed the room and because it is visible from the front door,  it has added the ‘wow factor’ to the property from the minute you walk in. It was such a dark, grey day today the photos really don’t do the piece credit;  but I am assured that in a brief break in the clouds, the sun was shining through the panel and sending colourful blocks of coloured liP1000232 - Copyght around the room.

I get quite nervous about delivering work, what if it doesn’t fit? What if they hate it? But it fits perfectly and the client emailed me to say , “Thank you for the beautiful window! As the light is going the colours coming through are stunning-doesn’t show when photo taken-and earlier sitting on the sofa looking at it -wow!” So I can rest easy, phew!

 

 

Tresco Stained glass window