Gothic arch stained glass doors for a converted chapel on Dartmoor.

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

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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