Ely visit- much glassiness!

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Just been to Ely- a great few days at a Cathedral I love for it’s rambunctious combination of Romanesque and Gothic architecture – blind arcading, colomns and windows. Bee-utiful stone, carving and rounded arches a-plenty. Yum. (I’m aware that stone is not edible but it sometimes elecits a delight in me that can only be expressed through either a gleeful rubbing of hands or non-sensical noises. Yum is appropriate in this instance. Sue me.)

I attended a couple of the autumn lecture series hosted by the Stained Glass Museum at Ely Cathedral.                                        Dr Nicola Gordon-Bowe, from the National College of Art and Design, Dublin spoke about the work of Irish stained glass artists Wilhemeena Geddes and Harry Clarke – a wonderful speaker and wonderful topics. I also went to look at some panels in the Museum’s collection for some of my own research – to sketch, record and try not to drool over. I was ably assisted and welcomed by Jasmine Allen, the curator who was nothing but accomodating – even though she was also fielding several groups of schoolchildren who appeared in war-time get ups, complete with gas masks! Lovely time.

If you’ve never heard of the Stained Glass Museum in Ely then have a look- a fabulous collection of panels ranging from Medieval to modern.  An amazing collection of panels, a library and fantastic setting within the cathedral, open 7 days a week. http://www.stainedglassmuseum.com/ 

Ely Stained Glass Museum. Image copyright ESGM
Ely Stained Glass Museum.
Image copyright ESGM
Jasmine Allen, Curator.  Ely Stained Glass Museum
Jasmine Allen, Curator.
Ely Stained Glass Museum

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 rphillipsglass@aol.com

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