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 April 30, 2015
Tags: Amy Mccarthy, art glass, bespoke, blue., clapper bridge, commission, contemporary stained glass, craft, dartmoor, Dartmoor scene, design, Devon, kiln fired stained glass, lead, rabbit, river, stained glass window, stream, toilet window, traditional leaded windows, tree, window
Just finished this little Dartmoor clapper bridge scene, for a house in a little village on the Moor. yet again my work is destined for a toilet window and it does make me chuckle how many bathrooms and toilets have one of my stained glass windows in them!
As usual I have cut the glass, painted my designs on to the pieces and then fired them in the kiln, before leading up the panel, soldering the joins and cementing all the gaps to make it water tight. I have added lots of little details to to give the piece interest including a little rabbit in the grasses and some fish swimming about in the river.
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 June 12, 2013
Tags: blind, blind school, commission, Exeter, Exeter blind school, Exeter Community Centre, glass art, history, over 60, partial sight, participation, public, public art, stained glass, WESA, window
Really pleased to formally announce I have been chosen as one of the artists commissioned to make a piece of art as part of the Exeter Community Centre’s Past Present Future Project
I am very excited to be involved and will be making a window for the Centre in response to the memories and discussions of local people over 60 who live locally, or have a connection to the St David’s area of Exeter.
The Exeter Community Centre had a prestigious history as the West Of England Blind School, from the mid 19th Century to 1965 (when it moved to a new site) and blind people from all over the country were educated in a range of practical and traditional academic subjects in the building. The site now has a new lease of life as a community centre, with local charities offices, local groups and classes and an excellent cafe. To celebrate the past and future of the building I intend to make a multi-sensory piece with lots of textures for people with little or no sight to enjoy as well as sighted people and I hope to incorporate some braille as well as interesting textures. The window will sit between the cafe and the main foyer in a prominent position.
I have been greatly helped by the West of England School Association with archive material (including some excellent photographs of past students) and hopefully I will be running my workshop with past alumni of the school. This is really exciting to me as I cant wait to hear their memories of the school and what they have gone on to do since those days. Being a visual artist I am obviously very dependent on my sight and its going to be a fabulous challenge to make
prestigious past student of the school
something which will also appeal to the other senses and to get the opinions of people without sight.
St Davids is an ancient part of Exeter, with a rich and very varied history; capturing the memories of people who have a life-long connection with this central Exeter district will be really fascinating.
What we need is LOTS of memories of the area, so if you know a person who is over 60 and wants to be part of the project then please encourage them to get involved!
Published September 23, 2012
Tags: applique glass, bespoke, commission, Devon, Devon Open Studios, Exeter, fused glass, fusing glass, glass artist, hot glass, kiln, lead work, making stained glass panels, painted glass, recycled glass, stained glass, stained glass window, window, windows
What a weekend of contrasts it has been! Saturday was fresh and chilly, but a pleasant day and my studio was busy with visits from people in the locality. I am glad to say I met some really nice and very interesting people and caught up with some of my neighbours.
I emptied a colourful kiln full of flowers on Saturday morning, they have come out very well and as well as making up swags of flowers for sale in Insideout I am also going to keep some back to make an applique glass panel, I think they will lend themselves well to this.
I prepared lots of fusing tester panels on Saturday afternoon to be fired on Sunday. Sunday morning I loaded up the kiln and paid close attention to the cycled and the rapid cooling phase of fusing glass as I have been suffering from devitrification problems when fusing with recycled glass (where the glass crystalises when it is cooling, creating a matt granulated appearance to the back side of the fused piece). Hopefully I got it right today, we shall see tomorrow!
Today has been relentlessly rainy, I had to empty my gazebo gallery early as everything was getting soggy and windswept! I only had one visitor on my last day of Devon Open Studios, she stayed for quite along time as it was raining SO hard she would have got drenched and so we had a great chat! But I would not have wanted to go anywhere myself today and as the gazebo was out of action it was probably for the best. But I got lots of panels cemented and got to watch a film with my kids as well, which is the best way to spend a Sunday afternoon anyway!
My studio can go back to being my own private little space again now for another year! Thanks for everyone who helped me advertise my event, handed out leaflets and put up posters at their work. Thanks also to everyone who came to visit me its been fun.
Published September 12, 2012
Tags: acid etching, Amy Mccarthy, art glass, artisan, bespoke, commission, craft, deomonstrations, design, Devon, Devon Open Studios, Exeter, Exhibition, front door, gifts, glass art exeter, glass artist, lead, Open Studios, south west coast, stained glass, window
Devon Open Studios was back on again today and I had 5 visitors again. I have had the same amount everyday!
I managed to get a new front door panel commission leaded up and ready to cement. Acid etched another panel with designs inspired by Islamic art and ceramics and was given an art lecture by my youngest daughter who took me through a detailed monologue about her new series of paintings from pre school – delightful!
My good friend Ulrika– Igraine and her daughter came to visit, Ulrika is a fabulous ceramicist exhibiting with EVA for Open Studios and local artist Kath Hadden popped by too, lovely to speak to some fellow artists!
There is still plenty of time to visit me at open studios, for more details click here, I am open until the 23rd September
Published July 25, 2012
Tags: Amy Mccarthy, art, art glass, artisan, bespoke, Birthday present commission, commission, craft, design, Devon, Exeter, glass, green, green house, grow house, handmade, lead, panel, pepper, red, stained glass, tomato, vegetables, window, yellow
birthday present stained glass panel
Not just any green house a lovely wooden bespoke Grow House for the surprise Birthday present of the client’s wife. I
Stained glass panel with tomato, aubergine and pepper
completed this stained glass commission several weeks ago now and I have just received the photos of it in its new home. Thankfully it fits perfectly and I think it looks very handsome!
The brief was to create a window full of vegetables and to include the words ‘Lisa’s Grow House’ and the piece was to have a fun light hearted feel. Hopefully I pulled it off and I used a mixture of Spectrum and mouth blown Polish glass. I painted in the details and wording with kiln fired glass paints and it is constructed using traditional leading methods.
This was my first vegetable based piece; who knows if it will be my last! Please watch the slide show below to watch it go from drawing to finished piece