Published November 1, 2016
Art in Devon , stained glass
Tags: Amy Mccarthy, art glass, bespoke, commission, craft, Derbyshire landscape, design, Devon, Exeter, glass, green, handmade, landscape, lead, light green, Malborough, painted glass, panel, rabbits, stained glass, stained glass panels, traditional methods, trees, turquoise, window, window decoration, yellow
I have just finished three panels were commissioned for a house near Malborough, in Derbyshire and they will sit next to each other horizontally. The family love the rolling hills, dry stone walls, sheep and fields of vegetables in the local area. The left hand panel shows their own house, the middle a view of the local market square and the right hand panel incorporates sheep drawn from their own photographs. Other personal symbols are included, from flying geese to small rabbits to entertain their grand children.
The panels are for an internal wall between the kitchen and the dining room, the limited colour palette fits with the kitchen colour scheme and they will bring interest, light and colour into a restored country cottage. They are made using traditional leading techniques and I have painted the glass with traditional kiln fired glass paints.
Published May 23, 2015
Art , Art in Devon , Devon , recycled art , Sculpture , Teignmouth
Tags: blue., cast glass, employee of the year, employer of the year, exeter stucden, Exeter University, fused glass star, glass sculptures, green, recycled awards, recycled glass awards, recycled glass sculptures, star awards, star motif, stars, student, student awards, sustainable awards, university student award, yellow
Over the last few months I have been working on a large order for Exeter University; who commissioned me to make 60 awards and each one is totally unique.
The 50 nominee awards are in the shape of stars and are made by piecing small pieces of waste stained glass together and then fusing them together in the kiln.
The 10 winners awards were made by casting the glass into boxes I specially made from fireboard, each with a fibre paper star in the centre. I then melted the glass on a very hot casting cycle so it completely took on the shape of the mould. The glass I used for these awards was rescued from a skip when a glass blower had abandoned a studio and although kiln cast they are actually made from glass blowing skillet (large chunks of glass).
The University award ceremony takes place next week, I hope they like their awards!
Published August 27, 2014
Art , Art in Devon , Devon , stained glass , Teignmouth
Tags: beach huts, beach scene, bespoke glass, bespoke window, blue glass, blue., boat, commission, estuary, glass, green, orange, painted glass, sea, Stained glass landscape, sun, window commission
Really pleased to have got my latest commission installed into its home in the downstairs toilet in a lovely late Georgian house in Teignmouth. This double fronted house has been converted from offices back into a family home and there is still lots of renovation to go (there isn’t a toilet yet!). The window add a great wow factor as you enter the house by the front door and creates visual feature at the end of the long central entrance hall.
This is my take on our local coastline of the Teignmouth Back Beach, estuary and The Ness Cliffs. The seagulls, beach huts, tiny boat and tree line have been painted and then fired in the kiln and are indicative of our town, as our the rich red cliff sides and deep green rolling hillside.
Published June 22, 2014
Tags: Amy Mccarthy, art, art glass, artisan, beach, beach huts, bespoke, blue., cliff, coast, commission, design, Devon, Devon Open Studios, exhibitions, front door, green, hand painted, Hawaiian, hibiscus flower, landscape, lead, painted glass, panel, recycled, red, sculpture, sculpture trail, seaside, south Devon, south west coast, stained glass, stained glass panels, summer, summer shows, Teignmouth, traditional methods, tropical, window decoration
Having relocated 12 miles from Exeter to South Devon last winter it is amazing to have our first summer in our seaside house! I am finally back into a good work routine (these things are so dependant on the delicate family/ life balance) and I am preparing for a packed summer of shows and exhibitions!
The new house and my exhibition schedule have crossed over in a serendipitous way and I am making some panels which just so happen to be the right size for windows in our house, so I can install them at home after they have been on tour. Aloha Teignmouth has been designed for my kitchen door. We live in a 30’s semi with original internal doors and these doors have lovely proportions; but I cannot live with the existing frosted glass and view of the recycling boxes behind (what self respecting glass worker would) so I have made this homage to all things Hawaiian and tropical. This playful panel is intended to liven up our white and black kitchen scheme, obscure the less attractive aspects of modern life from indoors and is a great chance for me to work ‘off brief’. The view of the cliffs and beach huts in the background of the panel is the view out of the main kitchen window; I do like it when I get to reference the settings of the windows in some way, windows after all are part of the houses architecture.
The outside world keeps on turning and Gloss Gallery summer show is already up and running, which I am pleased to be part of and as the summer holidays grow nearer I am feverishly working on my recycled sculpture for TRAIL 2014 and working towards my first Devon Open Studios in Teignmouth, I will be sharing the TAAG gallery with 3 very talented artist friends and we are all working on new pieces for that.
Anyway, the sun is shining and recycled washing machines do not turn themselves into sculptures, so I will head out into the Sunday sunshine.
Published April 14, 2014
Tags: abstract, Amy Mccarthy, art, art glass, artisan, beach, bespoke, blue., coast, commission, craft, design, Devon, fauna, glass, green, handmade, kiln fired, landscape, lead, making stained glass windows, nature, panel, photographic prints, photographs, plants, purpler, sea, seed heads, seeds, stained glass, stained glass panels, stained glass process, traditional methods, working around children, working mum, yellow
The school Easter holidays are in full swing; but I being a self employed artist and a mum means my days are full of sandy children for the next couple of weeks and working life needs to be pushed to the margins. Early mornings and after kids bedtimes have become my hours of work, this is how I worked through their preschool years and I am glad I learned to juggle all of these competing demands right from the children being babies, as I can slip into it quite easily now. But it does slow me down! and I am glad to have this triptych of panels packaged up to go to their new home in Cambridgeshire, as their new owner has been most patient!
The brief for the commission was to create three 30 cm square panels, each reflecting a different part of the day from sunrise to sunset. The client provided some of her photos for me to include and wanted a version of my ever popular teasels photo in the mix too. The three panels are to run vertically down an internal wall in a newly remodelled kitchen and the colours go from subtle yellows and light blues at sunrise to purples and pinks for a dramatic sunset.
The panels are made by firing photographic images onto the glass in my kiln and then leading them up in the same way as any other traditional leaded stained glass panel. The photographic images are permanently attached to the glass so the panels are as durable as normal stained glass.
Anyway, off to the post office and beach, in that order to get these panels off to their new home! Enjoy the sunshine on this sunny Monday morning.
Published April 6, 2014
Tags: Architectural glass, architecure, bespoke, bespoke craft, bespoke stained glass windows, cows, design, Devon, farmers house, glass, green, high quality, home, house, landscape, new build houses, new directions in glass, porch, stained glass, tree, windows, wow factor, yellow
bespoke stained glass landscape
Friday I installed these two 2 metre long panels into their new home at a fabulous new build family home in the lovely village of Cheriton Bishop, Devon. The customers have recently moved into the oak frame house and it really takes the best from heritage timbers and materials and modern conveniences. Its great to get them in their final resting place, I started designing them at the end of 2013, so they have taken a while to produce!
The windows brief was simple, to transform the boring plain glass windows either side of the wooden front door into a proper feature; whilst still allowing light into the house and using a naturalistic landscape theme that followed from one panel to the next. They wanted grasses and a tree and a few cows (as he was a dairy farmer). The really tricky part of this brief was the width of the panel compared to the height almost 2 metres by 26 cm and I decided that a more Japanese approach to landscape was needed and the panels journey from the North Devon Coast at the top of the windows, through the fields and hills to a tree by a river. For strength the panel is split into 3 reinforced sections and I am really pleased with the way the landscape flows across from one side to the other (even though there is a door in between).
I have used kiln fired glass enamels and acid etching to paint all the details and the glass used is a mixture of mouth blown antique glass and Spectrum art glass.
full length stained glass windows
bespoke stained glass landscape
detail of stained glass tree
kiln fired stained glass trunk detail
Published April 22, 2013
Tags: abstract, bathroom window, bespoke stained glass, blue., circles, Devon, etching, Exeter, fish, fused glass, green, hand printed, nautilus, obscure window, ocean, paint, red, sea, shell, spiral, spiral design, window commission, yellow
Delivered this panel today and the customers seemed really pleased with it, which is always good!
The design brief was simple: bright, jewel like colours, based on a Nautilus/spiral design and to obscure the existing patterned sealed glass unit which the panel is to be fixed in front of.
At 63 cm across, its the biggest fused piece I have made and many thanks to Ray Boundy at Glowworm Glass for the hire of his kiln and watching it for me! I kept the colour scheme simple and bright and by leaving small gaps between the coloured pieces the design has an orderly segmented feel. I have brought in more flowing, organic feel to the piece by putting a powder between the sheets of glass; this reacts with the glass when heated in the kiln making small bubbles within the 2 layers of glass. I have printed patterns in glass paint on the reverse by drip painting and then sponge printing with transparent paint, this gave the glass lots of texture, helping to disguise the existing patterned glass. The darker red, blue and green areas have been acid etched. To do this I printed small circles onto the glass with PVA glue (using various pen lids as stampers) and the glue acted as a resist to the acid wash, which has frosted the glass.
The panel will rest in the existing window frame and be secured in place with a few small screws and some sealant; so easily adding great interest to a bland bathroom and getting another layer of glazing as a bonus!