Four Welsh Saints

Yesterday saw the successful installation of four new windows for St Benedict’s Church in Clydach, Swansea. The windows were commissioned on the theme of four Welsh Saints:

St Non,   Dewi Sant (St David),   St Gwenffrewi (St Winifred) and St Telio

St Telio DetailI designed some windows for this church 10 years ago, the Windows of Compassion series, and it’s a privilegeto be asked to make another contribution to the building.

Each window uses symbols of its Saint: the planting and patronage of fruit trees by St Teilo and his riding of a stag to claim land; the plan of the Holy Well of St Gwenffrewi with symbols of her matyrdom, the stone arch of St Non’s Well in Pembrokeshire containing her Cross and the lightning that, legend has it, raged during the storm into which St David/Dewi Sant was born.Finally, St David’s window contains his classic symbol, the leek, as well as the mound that ‘arose’ to facilitate his preaching and a representation of St David’s Cathedral, site of extensive pilgrimmage.

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

2 thoughts on “Four Welsh Saints”

  1. Hi Rachel, I just wanted to say these are just fabulous, beautiful and inspired – you have such a gift – I hope I get to see them for real one day. Best wishes, Jude

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