Swan Lake in Glass

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.

Westward Ho! Surfer Stained Glass 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.

Devon Open Studios 2020

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.

Westward Ho! Surfing Stained Glass Panel

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.

stained glass surfers on the beach
surfers, stained glass

A seaside scene for a window in the turn of the stairs

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.

Two more windows for a returning customer

Stained glass windows are a bit like tattoos, once you get one you want more! I have just installed these two panels for a customer who I made two big panels for a couple of years ago. This happens surprisingly often, its great for me as I already know the customers and repeat customers are the best advert for my business. 

These panels are fixed in front of the UPVC panels, I use this method regularly as most houses now have double glazing. 
It was a wet and very dark morning, so the panels are brightening up a grey day, I will re photograph with the sunlight streaming through in the summer.

St Michael the Archangel Church, Stained Glass Restoration Project

St Michael’s church is an iconic landmark on Teignmouth sea front (there has been a church on the site for over 1000 years) and the salt air has led the stone work around the stained glass to deteriorate quickly. So the church community raised money and were helped by the Heritage Lottery Fund to get the stonework and stained glass repaired. 

Part of their grant was for community engagement and I am working with some of the town’s primary school students. They are learning about how to make stained glass windows and why churches have/had stained glass. They are then being invited to design a stained glass window conveying something important to them, or a message for the world. These designs will be exhibited in the church and then our will be chosen to be made into banners for the church to display and celebrate the restoration. The banners will be made by local craft group West Teignmouth Craft Club with help from the congregation. 

Huge thanks to Mrs Gordon’s class at Our Lady of St Patrick RC School who were the first school to take part and they have made some wonderful designs. The children were very thoughtful and their designs cover many topics, with everything from WW2 to celebrate dead relatives to looking after our mental health.   I don’t know how we are going to choose 4 designs! 

The next workshops are at  Teignmouth Community School, Mill Lane, cant wait to see what they create. 

Internal window with the wow factor: floral stained glass window

This large stained glass window has left for its new home today; it is an internal window between two rooms and has added a great feature to their renovation. The iridescent clear glass allows lots of light to flood into the other room and allowed me to use strong rich red, green and blue glass without compromising the light.  Continue reading “Internal window with the wow factor: floral stained glass window”

Fragile Knowledge, Exeter Library Rare Book Commission for Art Week Exeter

I have been working away on this cabinet of curiosity for Exeter Library, as part of  Art Week Exeter. Exeter Library has a a fantastic collection of early and rare books and they have a new scheme to get people to adopt a book from the collection to pay for the restoration of these ancient books.  Continue reading “Fragile Knowledge, Exeter Library Rare Book Commission for Art Week Exeter”