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 October 15, 2014
Tags: Amy Mccarthy, art, art deco, art glass, artisan, bespoke, blue., commission, contemporary stained glass, design, Devon, stained glass, stained glass panels, stained glass window, sun rays, sunrise, yellow
I just fitted this panel into a new garden room in a 1970’s house in Dawlish, so now they can have sunshine however dull and rainy it is outside! And its pretty dull and rainy today!
The customers really liked Art Deco period style and so I used the colours and stylised forms of Deco to create this very long, but very short panel
This is a 2 metre long, but only 25 cm high traditional leaded panel fitted in front of a double glazed unit and will be beaded in when the room is decorated.
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!
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.