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.
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.
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.
I have been working on three public commission War Memorials over several years and this week saw all 3 of them launch; ahead of the Remembrance events on Sunday 11th November. I have found these commissions fascinating and it has been a poignant experience and I am honoured to be part of the centenary
In 2014, I was commissioned by Devon Remembers to work with Teignmouth Community School year 7’s to create a war memorial inspired by the experiences of the people on the Teignmouth Home Front (read about it here). I completed the piece a year ago, but it was moved from its usual home in the school reception, to Exeter Cathedral for the 100 year Centenary.
all of the members of the football team lost in combat over both world wars.
This was a fabulous piece to make as I got to combine the ‘old crafts’ of painting and leading with the modern fusing and photographic firing techniques. Roge Slater from the club made the frame and the work is back lit and on display at the Club.
My final War Memorial was much closer to home. My colleague Sam Lock and I were approached by the Teignmouth Remembrance Committee to create a fitting art installation for the centenary of W1. We decided on a make do and mend theme and invited people from Teignmouth and all over the country to join us in making fabric or woollen poppies. The result was 30 metres of net covered in handmade poppies. When we had secured all the hundreds of poppies to the net I went up in the cherry picker and secured them to the top of the lighthouse. Despite very heavy weather the memorial remains in place for Remembrance week and hopefully beyond. Thank you to all the hundreds of people who made poppies for us, from primary school children to octogenarians. This has been a wonderful project and we are so grateful to the town for being so enthusiastic about the project.
Mixing history and art is when I am generally happiest and I have had such a great experience with the 180 students at TCS, the research team at Wealdstone and with my fellow towns people in our little seaside town. I just wish that humans could move beyond remembering the horrors of war to learning from these lessons of history.
I have just completed a public commission with Newton Abbot Museum. They are restoring and moving too the disused St Leonard’s Church in Newton Abbot town centre.
For the last 6 weeks I have commandeered the church, used it as a temporary studio, to teach 160 people various aspects of glass making. We have been creating small pieces of glass art to incorporate into the fabric of the new building. All the work has been made in response to the museum’s artefacts and image library. We have celebrated a wide selection of the museum collection. From Great Western Railway photo’s to the wooden, carved Tudor Sandford Orleigh Screen.
The site is in desperate need of the love it will soon receive, the restoration of the building begins soon, with National Heritage Lottery funding and once converted it will house the museum and the town council chambers. The building has significant stained glass by well known Victorian
artist Fredrick Drake, who also worked on Exeter Cathedral, various sites in Newton Abbot and St Michael’s in Teignmouth. St Leonard’s is also full of lovely carved details and the old organ pipes. It has been a real privilege to work in the building and be part of its future.
I worked with eight community groups in total. Wolborough Primary School, Coombshead Academy, University of the Third Age, Learn Devon, Newton Abbot Art Group, museum volunteers, council workers and local children. I also held 3 days for the general public. Between all these groups we have made tea cups and cakes for a Madge Mellor inspired mobile for the refreshment area and cast glass tiles to decorate the museum walls. We also made lots of painted, acid etched and photo transfer details inspired by the museum’s fantastic and varied collection; which I will incorporate into two, 3m tall panels to flank the main entrance of the building.
In the run up to the new museum building opening the Community Engagement Officer Kate Green will be running various workshops and interactive experiences to connect Newton Abbot citizens with their local museum. Look out for updates in the local press!
Here are some of the things we produced, more to come as soon!
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!
Really enjoyed making these two large stained glass panels for a historic house in Teignmouth. The house already had a beautiful, large original stained glass windows. Some of which were skillfully painted in the high Victorian style. I took inspiration from details of these original windows and some inspiration from a Medieval book of medicinal plants called ‘The New Herbal’ from the 1530’s (in Exeter Library Rare Book Collection) with its many woodcut images of plants. Continue reading “New stained glass for a historic house”