Monday, 5 February 2018

Streatham Style

It's always satisfying to bring back together a door set with missing pieces. This beautiful Victorian house was missing it's main door panel and had a fanlight in need of repair...

 The customer wanted to restore the original street design but with some personal preferences. 

A beautiful centre was based on an original Victorian design and painted by the stained glass artist Emma Blount.

The fanlight was cleaned, rebuilt and repainted.


Fanlight detail showing unusual cast glass original roundel.

 Fortunately the small door panels were intact and still in good condition.

The new door set, ready for the 21st Century...

Photo and fitting courtesy of John Mahoney.

Saturday, 20 January 2018

The Mountains of Hither Green!

It was a real pleasure to design, make and install this fanlight panel depicting the Alps. The distinctive profile / skyline of the Alps was retained but a more abstracted / shattered look developed for the mountains and fields below and for the sky above. It was a fantastic opportunity to light up the mountains with clear glasses which catch the light at different angles / times of the day. The fields and stylized woods are also in a range of unusual vintage and modern glasses.


Houses along this street have a very unique and unusual original feature, a white glass tile (with house number) fixed to the front of the fanlight glass.

Below are some making shots...
All glass is blue tacked up and any colours / glasses that don't work can be changed.

Panel leaded up, before soldering. 

Snow on the mountain range - whiting helps to dry the panel during cementing!

Friday, 12 January 2018

Westcombe Park

Westcombe Park in South East London has some really spectacular Victorian stained glass. It's Victoriana at it's most sparkliest! In this house a fanlight was added to the existing original set of panels. It's impossible to get an exact match for some of the original textured glasses but luckily Victorian Muranese (the clear textured glass around the roundels) is still fairly common and a new version in a range of colours is made now.

New fanlight being added to match original surrounding panels.

Leaded house number, a slight adjustment from the original street fanlight style.

Original side panel showing diamond jewels, painted centre and cast glass roundels with lots of heavily textured, sparkly surrounding glass!

Many of the houses in this area have beautiful mosaic tiles in the hall.

My customer had the idea that he would very much like to see this pattern replicated in a mezzanine area that needed brightening up...

So we used the basic mosaic design which worked perfectly to create some colourful panels using both vintage and modern textured and handmade glasses...

This clear vintage glass pattern rarely comes into stock, luckily I had just enough to complete the set.

Below are a couple of shots during making...
Plan in progress

Plan approved by the black and white inspector!

Finalising / checking glasses in the studio before leading up.

Friday, 22 December 2017

A Very Happy Christmas...

to one and all...
St Jude - Canterbury Cathedral.

And a peaceful, creative 2018!

Thursday, 14 December 2017

From Gateshead to London Docklands to New Zealand

For the full background to this amazing story click herehere, and here! The short version is that in the late 1800's / early 1900's Sir John McCoy was a wealthy shipowner who became mayor of Gateshead 8 times between 1912 and 1923. He lived in a large house in Gateshead called Springfield, sadly it was pulled down and there appear to be no photos to show what it looked like. Springfield had some beautiful stained glass and at some point in the early 20th century Sir John moved to London and brought with him some of the large panels. He was evidently fond of them but had no where to put them and so they remained on top of the P and O Ferries building in Docklands until the 1970's when they were rescued and craned down from the top of the building by a dedicated stained glass lover. The original blogpost (first in the list of 'here's above!) was spotted by his great granddaughter who lives in New Zealand. Though many new panels had been made from the original glass a lot of the glass remained. After choosing selected pieces this glass was then cleaned and travelled to New Zealand where it was made into a variety of objects by Trinity Stained Glass...  

Painted centre's from the above panels before gluing and cleaning...

Elizabethan head before cleaning.

All photo's above (apart from the before's) courtesy of Helen Crick.

Some of the earlier panels featured on the blogpost which started it all...  

I don't think Sir John could ever have dreamed of what his glass would morph into but I hope he would have approved!

Saturday, 28 October 2017

Sue King Glass

I recently fitted some door panels for my amazing friend and glass colleague Sue King. Sue is one of those rare people equally talented across a range of disciplines; glass artist, interior designer, project manager, shop and gallery manager are just a few of the roles she is skilled in, soon she will add Art Therapist to her titles!

Sue's glass work is predominately fused work so unlike leaded panels you are left with pure colour mixes which give a vibrant and lively effect. Sue makes a range of products from giftware like small wall panels and platters, through to large scale work for public buildings e.g. hospitals, hotels and domestic interiors. Though you might not immediately think of fused glass for your front door in an older style of house it can look equally as stunning as more traditional work...

Interior design work for Guys Hospital.

Interior screen for Newham Hospital.

If you would like to see more of Sue's work you can visit her website here; Sue King Glass or better still meet her in person, see her amazing work along with the opportunity to purchase a unique gift at Cockpit Arts Open Studios; 1 - 3 December, 18 - 22 Creekside, Deptford, London SE8 3DZ. Opening times: Fri 11am – 9pm, Sat + Sun 11am – 6pm. 11am to 2pm free on Friday