Jun 16, 2013
Blue Marlin In Glass
I was intrigued by this pattern because the splash went through the bevels. To my surprise it was not as hard as I had expected. My nephew and his wife
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Jun 16, 2013
Engraved Glass Owl
Engraved on glass using diamond burr. Milly's reply: Hi Stafan, You are a talented artist! Do you see these birds around in Auckland, or do you get
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Jun 16, 2013
Our Home Affectionately Named
We live on the Intracoastal Waterway in Beaufort, NC. We have so many visitors from up north. They tell us that they are so relaxed when they come to
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Jun 14, 2013
Slide Shows Galore
Can I Cut This?
Beginners in stained glass often ask me which shapes they can and can't cut from stained glass, and I find it really hard to explain...
...so I thought I'd try and help them out with a series of three slide shows. One is on the shapes you can and can't cut, one on how difficult these shapes are, and the third shows how to put what you've learnt into practice.
If you want to have a look at them, they're yours... just click here.
Jun 10, 2013
Is the flux leaching into the mirrors in my stained glass pieces? If so, is there a kind that won't discolor the mirror? Or is it the rinsing that does
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Jun 04, 2013
Wow! For the first time in over 10 years there has been a new stained glass commission in the Lady Chapel of Westminster Abbey, London, UK.
The windows were designed by artist Hughie O’Donoghue and made by Helen Whittaker at Barley Studio in York.
They're HUGE! And they look great in set against the architecture of the Abbey. It's great to see bold contemporary work fitting in so nicely with the Gothic building.
The church was begun by Henry 111 in 1245 and is one of the most important Gothic buildings in the UK.
If you'd like to see a photo of the windows in all their glory, and read a bit more about them, you can click here.
May 28, 2013
Now you see it...
One of my ex-students, Pete Hammond, sent me this image yesterday. It's one of his new panels that he's exhibiting at the moment. This piece was inspired by the Hungarian artist Victor Vasarely.
I absolutely love that optical illusion thing… it makes me smile. And it makes me think - all is not as it seems!
With this kind of work, it's really important that everything is exact, otherwise the illusion is broken. You can see from Pete's technique that he's spot on. Pretty impressve all round.
If you'd like to see more of Vasarely's images and make your eyes boggle, there's some here from the Tate website.
May 24, 2013
Engraved Glass Eagle
This eagle is engraved on glass using a dremmel grinder with a diamond burr. I've put black card behind the glass to show scratches. Milly's reply:
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May 22, 2013
Fly Free - First Panel
This is my first piece. I had only 5 classes. I think that every angry person should do stained glass. BECAUSE IT'S SO CALMING. I simply fell in LOVE.
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May 17, 2013
There's butterflies and butterflies, but this one is a special one! Made by Donna Owens-Beeson at Aanraku Glass Studios, it has a total of 297 wonderful pieces.
I love the upbeat colours and the sense of space created by the use of clear glass. It brilliantly captures those spring days when the whole world is to be marvelled at. I can almost smell it here in my office!
Have a lovely weekend butterfly-spotting :)
May 14, 2013
Calm, calm calm
Beautiful. Like a soothing shoal of fish swimming in the ocean. But not really… this is a single sheet of Lambert's hand blown glass! Isn't it wonderful?
I have worked with Lambert's glass before, but transparent, not streaky. It truly had a life of its own, with 100s of striations flying in all directions.
It made the world dance. But isn't that why we make stained glass? :)
If you'd like to drool over Lambert's sheet glass, here's their website: Lambert's Glass
Book your flight to Germany now!
May 09, 2013
Reinforcing Glass Panels
I have designed and created 3 stained glass panels separately and now want to put them together to make a single rectangular panel for a transom window
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May 07, 2013
Sound and Vision
This stained glass window in the Netherlands looks like it's moving at the speed of light! Does it make you dizzy, or does is make you feel lively?
When you consider what the building is, the design suddenly becomes very appropriate. It's the Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision, at Hilversum.
I can't help wondering what it would be like inside… presumably some rooms would be bathed purely in blue light, some in a more patterned glow. Would love to find out!
(Photo: Rogiro via Flickr)
May 03, 2013
Love this overload of pattern!
Stained glass, carpets, the ceiling, swirly columns. It's a feast for the eyes. It truly is a spectacular building.
It's the Nasir-ol-Molk Mosque, and it's in Shiraz, Iran.
I don't often say 'you've got to go and have a look at this', but I am now:
here it is - be amazed!
Rowan Castle took the photo.
Apr 29, 2013
Worlds' Best Stained Glass?
This is a pretty spectacular stained glass dome. It's taken from inside the Erawan Museum, Mueang Samut Praken, Thailand.
There was a suggestion that it was in the top 10 of the World's best stained glass. I'm not sure about that - what do you think?
I do love the contrast between the map and activity of human beings and the order of the geometic bands. And the gradual increase of colour as you get further away from the center.
(Photo: Bryds Beautiful World)