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Red Bamboo and Dragon flies

Bamboo and Dragon fly, bespoke stained glass window

Bamboo and Dragon fly, bespoke stained glass window

This panel was installed last week, it fills a window between the kitchen and dining room in a 1930’s house in Exeter. The opening between the front and back of the house allows more light into the kitchen area as well as a wonderful focal point for both rooms.

Every commission comes with a brief and I managed to create a design that had bright colours and bamboo and water with dragonflies.

There is a pleasing sense of movement in the bamboo due to using Spectrum Water Glass and I have painted the shading and detail onto the bamboo stems.

I have used a mixture of antique mouth blown glass and modern Spectrum Glass. I have used traditional glass paints and luster which Dragon Fly and Bamboo Detailhave been fired in the kiln. This is a big panel and to give it extra strength I have used some internal reinforcing and a rigid metal frame.

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Home improvements, home coming and a new project for Open Studios

My family and I escaped the long over due building work on our house last week and travelled to Norfolk to meet my new niece for the first time and we had a lovely week in the sunshine with my family. I have not been back to my home county for over a year and I forget how much I love the dramatic wide sky’s of the flat countryside.

We have returned to a house of dust with no gas or hot water (in fact not even a kitchen sink!) but it will come together fast in the next couple of days. The finishing of the kitchen is down to me and over the Open Studios fortnight (3-18 September 2011) I will be making fused glass tiles to go on the walls and a stained glass panel especially for the specially made opening in the wall. Visitors to my studio can watch my progress with both projects and you can follow my daily progress here, as I will be posting daily during the event with photos of the process.

 

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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