I’m delighted to share this short film documenting the creation of my latest stained glass window. It was made to celebrate the life and family of good friends of mine and was a joy and privilege to be involved with. It was inspired, in part, by the bold and colourful style of Jacobean and crewel embroidery in conjunction with the imagery and idea of the garden. It was made using combinations of sandblasted, painted, enamelled and stained glass to create a rich and varied palette of light and colour.
I asked Jacob Martin of MidNowhere Productions to photograph and film the process to see what it looks like through someone else’s eyes. I think he did a great job and if you are inspired to want some stained glass of your own, get in touch!
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!
I’m very happy to have been selected for an upcoming exhibition soon to be opened in Swansea and then further afield as part of an International Poetry and Glass Award. A rigorous selection process whittled 66 entries down to 21 and I am delighted to be one of them, not least because I loved making this panel…..
Dylan Thomas’ richly textured poetry is deeply immersive and often provokes, in me, a response both melancholic and joyous in equal measure.
This panel references themes and imagery found in Thomas’ work and seeks to express this sense of being simultaneously compelled and unsettled via the suggestion of unresolved storytelling.
Details of the exhibition, courtesy of the University of Wales, Trinity St David’s website can be found below with more information about the premise of the award and exhibition.
The Dylan Thomas International Glass Award
Swansea has a long history in the field of glass. The course founder, Howard Martin was invited in 1935 to run an evening class at what was then Swansea Art College, two years after he and his cousin Hubert Thomas had successfully set up the firm of Martin & Thomas. After the war the course developed into the Architectural Stained Glass Department and has prospered ever since. The University’s Swansea School of Glass has an international reputation and practitioners from around the world are invited to participate in this competition.
HARMONY : A creative brief
Glass artists worldwide are invited to submit designs for a 40cm x 40cm decorative or stained glass panel in response to the word “Harmony”. During May 2014, a judging panel will shortlist works to be exhibited at Swansea Waterfront Museum in July 2014. At the opening a prize award of £1000 will be presented to the winner with the panel being exhibited for the next year at the Dylan Thomas Centre and then becoming part of the Swansea School of Glass Collection.
All of the work exhibited will form part of a centenary catalogue with a view to a subsequent publication celebrating both of these international awards. It is anticipated that the winning artist and poet will be invited to be commissioned by the University for a combined piece of work as an on-going tribute to Dylan Thomas.