Presentation Shield Project

I’ve been asked to make a shield as a presentation gift.

As a maker, (and, I suppose, as a teacher who has to break things down in order to teach them),  I’m always intrigued by the process of making as well as the finished piece, so I’ve put a gallery together of the different stages of designing, painting, staining and enamelling this piece.

Briefly, what you’re seeing is;

  1.  Initial design on paper
  2.  Sandblasted stage, red on clear flashed glass, before any painting. (Flashed glass is glass that has a thin layer of one coloured glass on top of the main body of other coloured glass (In this case red onto clear). This is applied whilst the glass is molten and can be removed via sand-blasting or etching etc to reveal the base colour and create different areas of colour on one piece of glass), 
  3.  Line detail painted on, then fired
  4.  Matting (shading) added and a stain which produces a lovely transparent yellow. Fired – on the lightbox and in natural light
  5.  Finally, a blue enamel which creates green where layered with yellow. There are two images showing the enamel turning from opaque(pre-firing)  to transparent(post firing). 

and finally….the finished shield, leaded with a red border…

Finished Shield

Author: Rachel Phillips Glass

I am a stained glass artist living and working in the beautiful Preseli hills of West Wales. I've chosen glass as my creative medium for its unparallelled intensity of light and colour. I specialise in traditional glass painting and work mainly to commission in the creation of new work for churches, private and public buildings in the form of windows or some other architectural application. I also make smaller scale bespoke glass pieces using traditional stained glass techniques such as glass painting, staining and etching. Contact me via email at

2 thoughts on “Presentation Shield Project”

  1. Dear Rachel

    As the eventual recipient of the ‘shield in progress’ which is obviously now finished as it was my retirement gift from Swansea Met, may I say how absolutely delighted I was to receive it. It is a superb piece of work which will be placed in a prominent position in my home and cherished forever.

    Many, many thanks.

    Brian Lewis.

    1. Dear Brian,

      Thank you so much for your kind comments and I am delighted that you liked it. I get great pleasure from making, but it is always icing on the cake to know the recipient is happy. I hope the motto proves true for you!!

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