This morning I went into my bathroom and was inspired again by the light coming through the window. We have a stained glass window in the bathroom, that’s an advantage of working in glass, and the sun was catching the colours and making them shine. It does cheer you up in the morning, all those colours and shape and light flowing into the room. So often a bathroom window in obscured glass, well we don’t want to flash at the neighbour, but the introduction of colour is so great. So I wandered in and out this morning and felt better as I washed that colour was flowing into my life and making my day have a better start.
There are some new tiles at the studio creeping out from the kiln and decorating various areas. We have been working to create a glass feature that can be used as a spash-back in the kitchen or bathroom. These are our small colour palettes that will be made into one full size panel to the size needed. At the moment we have been working with blues and greens and the tones that develop from this. But they have been great fun to play with, as we having been laying them out in different colour grades, then dark to light, those that match and the others. The reds are a big contrast with these colours and we need do more in the red and warm colour palette.
Every time someone passes the tiles they move, sometimes a small change but others seem to move them all round until there is a totally new order. They also make a very satisfying noise as they are moved around. There is that slight ‘clink’ as they knock into one another. It should almost be made into an animation as object move and change shape and seem to walk across the screen. There is something so tactile about them that they just ask to be touched, moved and played with. We just hope our clients have as much fun with them as we are having!
Well I seem to have lost a whole set of posts and I can’t work out why. All the new posts seemed to have disappeared. Is there some vast blog monster creeping around eating up stray lists of words? Were the words I had written so bad that they had to be erased? It is all very strange. Perhaps if I go away and the look back quickly they might have returned! Be prepared, there is something strange going on.
I have been looking at the rain and have been inspired by the way colour runs as you look at colour through the window. Colour seems to smudge and mix as the rain comes down between the glass and the colour. When designing glass windows, especially when using lead, the design has a strong defining line or edge. This can sometimes mean the subtle flow of colour does not happen. The use of a very thin line of lead or the shading or painting of glass can also have an effect. However some of the beauty of a glass window can be the way small pieces of glass catch the light. This image is like a watercolour with the delicate use colour and moving colour and sometimes this can be found within a sheet of coloured glass. Colour can added to flow through molten glass and this flow is then frozen in the cold glass to be used by the artist for its variation. I supposed you could think of it as pre-smudged glass.
As Christmas gets nearer and nearer so all projects at the studio become more urgent but it is also a time when sometimes presents are made. This year the studio are selling some of those things that are made in the studio as presents for family and friends. Bowls, lamps and small windows suddenly appear and time is spent experimenting with new ideas and techniques. We hope you like what we make so take some time and look around.
The kiln is working, having been mended with a great deal of effort, interesting language and time. So now thoughts of bowls can start again, after a delay of a good few weeks. There is also the opportunity to start firing the glass painting that has been done and has been waiting for a mended kiln. When the new kiln came into the studio we thought it would be a great studio heater. Sadly it is so well insulated that it keeps all the heat inside not sharing it around. Now this is very fuel efficient but not a great solution to cold dank mornings like today. I always remember at college that the kiln area in ceramics, pottery, was always warm and dry with a cosy cave like feeling. Anyway no such luck at stained glass studio, all efficient and well insulated.
This also means that the lamp shown below can now have a new fused glass lid instead of the material cover that was on the original lamp. A new photo will follow once the lid is ‘cooked’ or fused in the kiln.
At the Studio the tallest elf in South Mymms has been making Christmas decorations or Glassicles! These beautiful drips of glass with stars and trees, are great fun and bring something special to any Christmas tree. With Christmas lights shining through they bring a special touch of winter ice and snow from the outside world inside to our warm Christmas celebrations. With small metal rings embedded into the fused glass and fine ribbon to hang them they a great, and in a range of colours there is something to suit everyone.
This week we got ready to celebrate a completed piece of work. This is always great because suddenly the window that you have worked on and focused on for days and weeks is in its natural surrounding. This week the Studio returned to see the widow at the Retail Trust in Mill Hill unveiled in all it glory. This is a large Victorian window painted in a style that many would see as a ‘church window’ style. What is magical about this window is that you can step very close and see all the detail. In a Church or Guildhall the windows are raised up high above us mere mortals, making any fine detail difficult to see. Here we could see the fine lines on the faces and the delicate detail of the peacock feathers as angels wings. It was also lovely to hear from those who can see the window from their own home, how they welcome the restoration and return of this fine window. It was a lovely celebration and it is good to walk away and feel your work has been really valued. Stained Glass Studio.