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Lye & Wollescote Cemetery Chapels Project

I am very pleased to announce that I have been awarded the commission of ‘Consultant Glass Artist’ for the ‘Lye & Wollescote Cemetery Chapels Restoration Project’.

This exciting Project is led by the West Midlands Historic Buildings Trust (WMHBT).  The WMHBT is a registered Charity and specialises in the field of building conservation.

West Midlands Historic Buildings Trust has successfully secured funding from the Heritage Lottery Fund, and other funding sources, to conserve and restore the rare, but redundant, Victorian Lye and Wollescote Cemetery Chapels near Stourbridge, which are Grade II Listed and registered as ‘buildings at risk’, and to bring them back into sustainable use as offices without detriment to the historic fabric and architectural integrity of the buildings.

An important part of the Project is a ‘Activity Plan’ and my role within this will include community engagement, working with local Redhill Secondary School pupils and students from the Birmingham Metropolitan Collegeto produce designs for two windows within the Chapels.  These designs, once approved will then be made & fabricated by us at the Studio in Stourbridge.

The ‘Lye and Wollescote Cemetery Chapels’, are dated 1878 and are a great example of Victorian Gothic style church architecture and 19th century cemetery design.  The building is Grade II listed and this recognition is because of its architectural and historical importance as part of the UK’s national heritage.  The Chapels were designed to incorporate two chapels within a single building, one side designated Anglican and the other non-conformist.

To read more about the West Midlands Historic Buildings Trust, the Cemetery Chapels and the Building History click on this link.  This will take you to the ‘Lye & Wollescote Cemetery Chapels’ website.

Heathfield School Glass Workshop

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.

Students Glasswork
Students Glasswork

This round panel is made using sheet glass colour and coloured glass frits (generic name for crushed glass of different grades/sizes)

Students Glasswork
Students Glasswork
Students Glasswork
Students Glasswork

Students Glasswork (before firing in the kiln) inspired by Aboriginal Art.  Figure made of copper wire.

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