Recently,with the help of master craftsman, Tony Fletcher, at Porthleven Stained Glass Studio, I've been able to design and create stained glass panels. Tony started work as an apprentice, working with his father, restoring church windows. A tradition, he still continues, to this day.
The huge range of coloured glass and textures makes it a wonderful, art-form to pursue. Artists, in the past have experimented with the medium, and some, very successfully.
Recently, the artist, Brian Clarke has shown how stained glass can be used in a modern way. Take a look at the Stamford Cone in the U.S.A. The artist, John Piper designed windows for Coventry Cathedral after the Second World War. Patrick Heron's window in the entrance to Tate Gallery, St Ives, Cornwall, gives me a buzz, when I regularly visit the gallery.
Probably, the greatest contemporary example of art and glass has to be Henri Matisse's designs for the Chapelle du Rosaire de Vence. The mainly white interior of the building is illuminated by the three vivid colours used in the window glass, yellow, green and blue.
Glass is a great medium to use as an artist.
The panels we make are for sale, and are framed in a lime-washed frame.
In the future, we look forward to taking on larger architectural commissions.
Panels for sale will be posted on this website, as, and when they are produced