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 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 March 12, 2014
Tags: Amy Mccarthy, antique glass, art, art glass, bamboo, bespoke, commission, commission stained glass, contemporary stained glass, craft, dartmoor, design, Devon, dining room, dragonfly, Exeter, glass, glass painting, hand painted, handmade, internal stained glass window, kiln fired glass painting, kitchen, landscape, lead, panel, pond, red, stained glass, stained glass panels, stained glass window, traditional methods, 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 have 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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Bamboo and Dragon fly, bespoke stained glass window
The finished stained glass panel in situ
looking from the kitchen to the dining room
Published October 21, 2012
Tags: abstract, Amy Mccarthy, art, art glass, artisan, bespoke, commission, contemporary glass, design, Devon, Exeter, frit, fused glass, glass, grey, ground glass, handmade, Himalayas, landscape, landscape mountain, lead, leaded panel, leaded stained glass panel, Mountain, mountain range, purple, red, stained glass, sunrise, yellow
This panel was created for the first floor mezzanine window of a beautiful new build contemporary 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
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.
Published September 13, 2012
Tags: acid etching, Amy Mccarthy, art, art glass, artisan, blue., boats, commission, craft, design, Devon, Devon Open Studios, Exeter, Exhibition, glass, glass making, handmade, landscape, lead, making glass, making stained glass windows, Open Studios, stained glass, stained glass panels, traditional methods, window decoration
Open studios rumbles along and I have spent my day cementing and soldering.
My big glamorous Art Deco door panel is now cemented to make it weather proof and we have to wait a couple of days for that to harden off now…
My acid etched panel is coming on nicely, the patterns have come out very well.
I have almost finished a birthday commission Love Bird piece
Oh and I have a new panel with fused bird inclusions and lino cut prints ready to be framed now!
Strange fact of the day = ALL my visitors today for Open Studios do glass as a hobby or are students of glass (as we all are of course!)
There is still lots of time to come and see me, click here for details of opening times and so on.