This was a lovely commission of the tree the customers period cottage was named for. This is a traditional leaded panel with kiln fired enamel details. It has been sandwiched between the 2 layers of a double glazed panel which gives added security and insulation. I work with a great glazing company who do this for me regularly. The building regulations in the UK specify that doors should be made from toughened glass, so I am increasingly getting my work put into double glazed units and it does offer the best of both worlds, with the charm and authentic handmade crafting of my windows with all the positives of modern glass production.
The customers were really happy with the piece and say it has added lots of character to their home.
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
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!