Wythall Window progress….Sandblasting resists

 

16th March 2014 116Whilst I carry on cutting glass for the Wythall Window, I’ve started applying some glue resists to some of the glass I’ve already cut to prepare to do some sandblasting.

The glue shows in the photos as white as it’s still wet and, when dry, I will sandblast the glass pieces to play with the surface finish and/or amount of colour in some of the pieces by removing a thin ‘flash’ of colour from the main body of glass….

 

 

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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