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Mezzanine Mountain Window

contemporary stained glass panel with fused glass detail This panel was created for the first floor mezzanine window of a beautiful new build contemporary mountain stained glass window house in Exeter. On the first floor it is at the end of the corridor, resting on the floor. From the ground floor it is visible high up on the wall of the downstairs study.

The panel gets lots of natural and artificial light at different times of day/night and will hopefully be dramatic in a totally different way at night, when the reds and yellows will be picked up more on the first floor. and the design was inspired by the client’s love of mountaineering and the strong, warm colours of the landscape of the Himalayas. The strong colours look great against the white walls and is a mixture of mouth blown Polish glass and Spectrum glass of varying textures. I created the effect of the sunrise bouncing off the mountain side by painting ground up glass (frit) onto the mountain pieces and then firing them in the kiln, to fuse with the streaky glass base

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First I cut the glass

 

 

Then I paint ground glass onto the pieces of glass and fuse them in the kiln. My first attempt I fired it too hot and although I loved the effect of the fused glass the pieces had changed shape too much to fit into the leaded panel and I had to both redo this and rethink my design a little.

 Once I had got the fusing right I was ready to lead up, cement and fishing the panel as with any traditional stained glass panel and then it is just a case of fitting it into the window frame.

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Lotus Panel Tryptic

These panels were completed just before Christmas for a house in the centre of Exeter, in the very old part of the city, which is being totally renovated. They will run the full length of the wall, one above the other, from floor to ceiling  as a feature between the kitchen area and sitting area of an open plan living space. The panel with 2 flowers will be at the top and they will follow horizontally from there.

The design brief was to create lotus flower panels to fit with the colour scheme of the new kitchen and I have used light grey and green on green Spectrum water glass for the leaves and water, Spectrum wispy pink and white glass for the flowers and I have acid etched yellow cathedral glass for the centre of the flowers.  The design flows from top to bottom and I was inspired by designs in an Art Nouveau pattern book.

I have ensured all of the water glass pattern runs horizontally to mimic the ripples of water and the light transparency of this contrasts wonderfully with the semi translucent qualities of the pink glass, really making the flowers stand out from the panels. With all the terrible weather we have been having the building work has been slowed down, so they have not been fitted yet and I will add photos of them in place in due course, until then I am keeping them safe away from the building work!

The slide show below shows the process from drawings to finished panel.

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I am a stained glass artist working in Exeter and a busy mum of 2; trying to carve a path through the tide of washing and children's toys that stands between me and making beautiful things.

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