I have been working on these doors for a converted chapel on the edge of Dartmoor since October and finally we got them installed this week. The site is full of character and has the most amazing original stained glass from when the building was a working place of worship. The customers wanted something much more modern and secular to fit into the doors between the living room and the kitchen and I created a loose Dartmoor scene leading up to Hounds Tor. As you get closer to the glass smaller details become apparent and there are lots of trees, butterflies and even a tiny hawk hovering in the sky. I have added some acid etching and small areas of lustre.
The biggest challenge with these windows is the fact they are so big. at 213cm tall they are considerably bigger than me. I used rigid zinc came for all the straight lines to keep the weight of the panels to a minimum and to give added strength and finer lead lines for the pattern. A good template is the basis of all stained glass and thankfully the
I recently finished this commission for a lovely couple who are big theatre fans and Michael Bourne’s Swan Lake is their favourite, so I have The dancer is painted with kiln fired enamels and the feathers and moon are painted with lustre. I have created the panel using traditional leading techniques and will hang in a sunny window.
I have just finished this dinky panel for a back door in Yeovil. The customer has recently renovated the house and this is the finishing touch to his new kitchen. The customer came up with a design idea and I adapted it to work as a leaded window. I made the glass for the wave in my kiln from crushed glass which is called frit and the surfer is has been painted with enamels and popped in the kiln too.
Despite CV19 Devon Open Studios is going ahead and I am returning to take up residence with my lovely friends at Words and Pictures Gallery, Teignmouth. I have had the chance to make some new work, from small gift items to some more personal pieces reflecting the epic year that is 2020! Open Studios runs from 12th -27th September and I will be working on architectural glass commissions over this period, so please pop in and say hi if you are in the area.
I delivered this panel today. This was commissioned to hide the buildings behind the garden. The home is part of an old converted school in North Devon. The customer watches the birds from the kitchen windows, so we continued that theme for her design.
Although this is a traditional leaded panel I have made the birds by fusing glass in the kiln and then I painted on their wings and put in the kiln a second time. The thistles and foliage have been painted onto the glass using lustre and come to life after dark when the light comes from the inside instead of from behind.
The customer is arranging for the panel to be fixed place , at a height to best obscure the buildings beyond the garden.
These 4 panels were inspired by the River Teign, which my house over looks and the customers house is just on the other side of in the village of Shaldon. I have included butterflies, dragonflies, a heron, a squirrel, a rabbit and even an owl! These have been painted in kiln fired enamels and lustre. The panels are made using traditional leading techniques.
The panels obscure the boot room and log store and can be seen all the way through from the front entrance, so make a good focal point and a bit of a wow factor as you move into the kitchen diner.
This little panel is off to its home – a newly made front door. The surfers are the customers children and this is a favourite holiday spot of theirs. The panel is made using traditional leading techniques and kiln fired glass enamels.
Based on the Cornwall’s Sennen Cove, this seaside scene combines traditional leading and kiln fired glass paint with kiln formed glass pieces. I made the glass for the beach specially and it has flecks of gold running through the glass. This panel was made to add privacy and hide the side wall of the house next door. It adds a really great feature for the long upstairs hallway.
Following on from our poppy installation on Teignmouth Lighthouse last year I have been asked to make a stained glass window to be hung in The Teign Heritage Centre to remember those lost in war from Teignmouth. This has been commissioned by the Heritage Centre and Teignmouth Town Council Remembrance Committee.
Obviously this is a huge privilege and I is my 6th WW1 memorial., that is a lot of time in a studio quietly painting; giving me ample time to reflect and I do often muse as to whether the world is learning from the warnings of history.