A 1930’s stained glass panel the studio recently restored for a clients front door entrance. Some wonderful use of colours in the original (hand-blown glass shield in the centre) and we were able to match some of the broken panes with heritage & new glass we had in stock. The glass was cleaned and a complete re-leading was needed. The restored panel, with new wooden beading and support bars is now back installed in the customers front door.
At the end of last week the studio made a ‘Presentation Panel’ for the Directors of the Charity Fight Bladder Cancer.
The artwork (Wee Are Family) was designed by one of their members and I used a combination of sheet glass, frits and line enamels. It just shows that even an illustrative artwork can be used as inspiration.
Today on the workbench, well this morning! Experimenting with surface decoration using Glassline enamels and Mica powders. Ready for the kiln-firing….
On Saturday we had a busy morning preparing for Heathfield School GCSE Art department glass workshop. This will be the first of three workshops with small groups of the students, over the next few Saturdays.
The students will work on designs from their curriculum Art projects and use these as inspiration to make fused glass panels or bowls.
This round panel is made using sheet glass colour and coloured glass frits (generic name for crushed glass of different grades/sizes)
Students Glasswork (before firing in the kiln) inspired by Aboriginal Art. Figure made of copper wire.
Just organising photos of recent projects & commissions for website inclusion and I remembered this great article written by Jamie Hubbard of ‘Creative Woodwork’ about a project we worked on together last year – The ‘Gaudi’ inspired window for a fantastic ‘Barn Conversion’ for a Writer and his Family.
For the full article with some great images and written by Jamie Hubbard, please visit this link Jamie Hubbard: Antoni Gaudi inspired feature window
Over the successful ‘Christmas Craft Weekend’, the studio was busy demonstrating and making an ‘Art Deco’ stained glass window commission.
The traditional stained glass panel has been designed from period ‘Art Deco’ patterns, which will complement the existing windows in the clients home.
The finished stained glass window will put the clients own mark to the 1930’s house and add to the history of their home.
On Saturday we held the last of this years ‘Day Workshops’ in stained glass.
There was a small group of students, both had been given the Saturday workshop as a birthday gift.
An enjoyable and relaxing morning was spent with an introduction to the craft and learning how to cut glass to a pattern.
After lunch in the Organic cafe, the afternoon was spent making their own panels. Both participants chose the same geometric design; but by choosing different coloured glass & textures, at the end of the day had made their own unique glass panel.
This week we have been designing and making a stained glass panel inspired by a previous project called ‘Still Life’.
The stained glass design is a composition of wine glass, wine bottle and carafe.
There are several handmade elements within the panel; including blown, diamond-wheel cut & etched glass. All adding to the bespoke and unique nature of the commissioned glasswork.
The panel has been commissioned by a local business as a retirement present for one of their longstanding employees.
The stained glass will be installed into a wooden free-standing frame, made in oak.
Early Autumn botanical inspirations. Light, colour, shadow, texture & forms.
A glimmer of sunlight through the clouds & in-between the rain showers.
A wonderful and inspiring visit to the National Botanic Garden of Wales. #GardenOfWales
We have been working offsite this week on some in-situ repairs to a series of 1950s stained glass windows. The residential home has bay windows each with feature leaded panels and stained glass top lights. Most of the decorative panels contain some unique handmade mouth-blown coloured glass.
The studio is in the process of working on a round window for a private residence in Stourbridge. The design is based on movement and inspired by nature.
Alongside the glass design, the clients have commissioned a wooden window frame for the stained glass to be installed into. We have been working with ‘Jamie Hubbard Creative Woodwork’; also based at the Ruskin Glass Centre in Stourbridge, who has produced a fantastic wooden frame.
Once the stained glass panel is complete, it will be double glazed and be ready for installation in the clients home.
Classes, Workshops and Courses 2012 to 2013
Its been a great year of workshops, classes and courses held at the studio. It has been a mix of stained glass and fused glass and the standard of work has been very good.
Many of the students have returned to enrol on another course throughout the year and this shows from their high standard of craft skills and their unique designs. I have put together a selection of photos of glasswork from the students and participants of the past year.