Stained glass has always been filled with symbolism and used to commemorate special dates, contemporary glass is no different. I made this large panel for local friends. This design highlights all of the birthday girls favourite things, her dog, beekeeping, the sea and the moors that are our local environment. This piece has been sandwiched into a double glazed unit and is the big feature in their pool room and is the top half of their external door.
I have used traditional kiln fired enamels and lustre to make this piece and I am glad to say the birthday surprise was very well received.
This fabulous piece is of my home town’s iconic lighthouse and it is in a 1930s house in Teignmouth. The customers had several details they wanted included in the piece and you can see a small silloutte of them kyaking in the sea if you look closely. This is another piece that went into a double glazed panel and I work with a local company who sandwich these into sealed double glazed units for me. When I did a site visit I alerted the customers to the fact their wooden window frame was very rotten, so they got this replaced at the same time.
The panel is made with traditional leading techniques and all the details are fired onto the glass in my kiln.
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.
I realized today that I have not updated my blog for a very long time! Which is a shame as I have had a busy year. The new year started with this 11 window installation in a local seaside town. There are many beautiful Edwardian town houses in Torquay and this customer had a lovely entrance hall just crying out for its stained glass to be reinstated.
I created a design based on a vintage pattern from 1903, with elements of a window they had seen in a magazine. The resulting installation really gives their home the wow factor they were hoping for.
The slight ripples and bubbles of the cathedral glass are great for obscuring the residents and adding privacy subtly and the light blue and green allow for great light transmission.
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.