The beginning of very important part of the process of making a window- namely looking at, choosing and just enjoying glass. I love it.
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………
………and some images back in the studio, choosing glass and imagery for the window, painting pieces and firing them in the kiln.
…….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.
A wonderfully sunny thursday saw the installation of two windows I recently completed for this church in Peterston-super-ely.
It has the distinction of being a rather lovely parish church featured in several episodes of ‘Gavin and Stacey’ (There’s even a poster advertising a Gavin and Stacey bus tour in the porch!) Of the two windows one, The Good Samaritan is all my work and the other, (I call it the ‘Foxglove Window’) was designed by Delyth Evans and made in my studio. Delyth and I had several collaborative sessions in the studio to ensure the process of making was true to Delyth’s vision for the window and she did a lot of the glass painting herself. I collaborated with myself on the Good Samaritan window and had several conversations with myself whilst making it, but most of the time I managed to ignore myself and just get on with it.
The talented Alun (Adams) and Colin (Telford) were on hand to fit the windows, aided by myself and Delyth Evans and our respective partners, Carwyn (Phillips) and Dave (Llewellyn). Wondrous window fitting ensued, ending up with both windows in and ready to be mortared in the following day, much to my delight.
Well done and thanks to all, and thanks to all the church members, donors and wardens alike who popped in throughout the day to offer encouragement and drinks!
Gallery 1: Good Samaritan Window Installation
Gallery 2: Foxglove Window Installation