The Glass Beacon

I’ve been involved in a lot of work recently project managing and making a new architectural glass commission, the Glass Beacon,  for the home of the glass course in Alexandra Road, Swansea where I also lecture.  It’s been a hard task, with a lot of expectation- some I know  and some I am less aware of thankfully but, most of all I just wanted to help make a good thing for the glass college. It’s been a collaborative project and working with my colleagues has been great- so many talented and dedicated people.

The final piece of the jigsaw is the official opening next Friday on the 11th March, as part of a day conference. Details can be seen here: Glass Conference

I’m just looking forward to seeing the scaffolding come down and seeing it properly!

The Glass Beacon Design by the Glass Team
The Glass Beacon Design by the Glass Team


In other news..

Apart from some glass choosy-ness, (see earlier post), today was also great day working on a sandblasted screen project with Linda Norris – enjoying the intricacies of computer aided design! I find it much more useful to make a sample, look at it and decide where to go from there but the ‘ole machines do have their uses. These are some images of us making some samples and thinking about layering. The design is in progress but we’re using (amongst other things) tree imagery that we’ve got from walking and taking many photos!

Crymych Samples Pre (6)

Crymych Samples Pre (3)

Skokholm Island Window

Following our successful Conwy Castle collaboration, Linda Norris and I have embarked on a smaller but no less exciting project to make a window for Skokholm Island, an island off the Pembrokeshire coast in West Wales.  It’s a spectacular island that supports a huge diversity of flora and fauna and is perhaps best known for its birdlife. More information, photos and a daily blog from the island can be found on the Skokholm Island website.

Linda has a long standing relationship with Skokholm and Skomer Island,  wheras I am just discovering them. We spent a week on Skokholm last year seeing the island, gathering imagery and objects, sketching, making plaster casts and designing the bones of a window for the island. We are now working on the window back in the studio and will be returning to fit the finished piece by Easter 2014.

Some images from the original Island Visit in 2013………

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………and some images back in the studio, choosing glass and imagery for the window, painting pieces and firing them in the kiln.

Skok Cartoon etc (4) Skokholm Prog March 2014 Painting (1) Skok Cartoon etc (11)

…….and the panel in progress, stuck up with plasticine on a clear glass easel, ready to be leaded together after all the painting is finished.

Skokholm in progress