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

Friday, 20 October 2017

A Beautiful Street

Way back in 2011 I completed some panels for a front door in Dulwich...

The door was made to match the street design which most of the houses still fortunately have. The stained glass work was based on the neighbours original pattern but made with colour and texture preferences.

Different textured glasses were used to add sparkle and pick out features...

Night-time view.

It was a pleasure to work on this design and for a customer so keen to restore the original look of the house. Below are some photos of the original leaded panels of this design.

On recommendation I recently completed work on another house along the street. Though the doors and side panels are all the same this design was slightly different.

Again we used a mix of clear and textured glasses.

The original side panels had a pink glass in the centre of the flower. This glass often known as 'true pink' is one of the most expensive glasses containing gold to make the beautiful bright pink colour. In the door panels we used part of an original Norman slab also made with gold to match the chunky, hand-made streaky look. Both doors (including shaped bead!) were skillfully made by carpenter Alex Duncan.

Below are more examples from along the street with different coloured glasses and styles...

Each one with it's own charm.

Saturday, 23 September 2017

Sunrise, sunset...

The 1920's and 30's saw the height of Art Deco style. It swept away the flowing organic shapes of Art Nouveau and in it's place brought strong geometric and streamlined shapes. A classic motif of this period was the sunrise, with it's bold and energising design it was often used in front doors. The large panel below was made for a stairwell in a house with many Art Deco features...

Vintage glasses are particularly good to use in a panel like this as the deep cut of their pattern lights up in sunlight and at different times of the day! Here are rays are placed alternately with a sparkle / matt effect.

Choosing glasses.

Clear glasses used included Spectrum Cord, Glistre (small), Corella, Pilkingtons Hammered no. 2 & 3, old Flemish (large and small), Ripple, Sparkle, Morocco (large), Seedy Wissmach, Kokomo, Antique Cathedral, Arctic (original version, large and small), Festival, Stippolyte (original version) and Spotlyte. Coloured glasses include Arctic (pale and dark amber), English Muffle, Artista (pale and dark amber), it's this glass creating the 'scribble' effect in the border glasses.

Some neat reflections!

More examples of the sunrise and Art Deco themes can be found on my website here and more about old glasses here.

Thursday, 21 September 2017

Mackintosh Inspiration.

The creative mind of Charles Rennie Mackintosh has left a lasting legacy. I often get asked for panels in the style of Rennie Mackintosh and it is always a pleasure to create them. Below is an internal fanlight for a bright spot between 2 rooms...

Choosing glasses, looking at options...

Leading up.

Panel detail showing assorted decorative glass features.

Photo courtesy of Jim Barber.
The panel in situ.

More examples of Mackintosh style work can be found on my website here.

Old Marylebone Town Hall

Recently received some lovely photos from Juliette Doyard, of Hall Conservation of the completed work at Old Marylebone Town Hall (to see how the building looked before click here ).

Spandrels completed by Apollo Stained Glass. Beautiful metal work restored by Hall Conservation.

Glass advice to obscure lift shaft all metal work beautifully restored by Hall Conservation.
A new lease of life for the old building as London Business School.

The Goddess of Wine

Recent work includes a fanlight panel showing the Goddess of Wine relaxing in a garden inviting you to join her, kick off your shoes and enjoy a large glass of wine...

Glasses include a mix of handmade and machine made glasses with small jewels for the necklace. Here the panel is on the window sill awaiting fitting.

There's gold in those there rosebuds, being 'true pink' glass!

An assortment of glasses make up the grapes.

The face was given a twinkle in the eyes and inviting look by Flora Jamieson 
The background glass is Waterglass and it's undulations mean that the glass is very changeable at different times of the day and from different angles.

Photo courtesy of Pauline Cross.
 The glass in situ.

Slow down and enjoy!

Wednesday, 20 September 2017

Replacing cracked panes...

I made this front door panel back in 2011 but recent building works led to the door being slammed and various cracks (marked with red dots) occurred. Shaped cracks can be tricky to replace on site and with some particularly complicated shapes this panel needed to be removed and worked on flat on the bench.  

Identify which shapes need replacing - repairs can be expensive and if just a tail end is broken it may be fine with a bridge of lead (or strap) across. This piece has a crows foot crack and the lead would need to be too wide visually to cover it. First tallow your joints.

Remove the existing solder with a hot iron - preferably gas, brushing the joints with a close haired nylon brush.

Removing the solder allows you to cut the joints with a sharp knife which will allow you to lift the leaf of the lead more fully. Remove the cement with a sharp pick - a dental pick is good!

Brush some oil onto the leads with light engine oil or similar. This is not so useful for newer leads but for older more brittle leads it helps to make them more malleable.

Lift up the leaf of the lead (on the cracked pane side) with an oyster knife using the existing glass as leverage.

Use the outline of the upturned leaf to mark your new piece. It's best to make the mark just short of the edge of the leaf, that way you cut the glass a bit smaller and you do not have to do a lot of grozing. Though the panel was not made that long ago the new stock of the background glass has changed a lot being much less seedy and clearer. Luckily I had just enough old stock to cover the more damaged pieces.  

Cut away the old glass, scoring the cracked pane and tapping out gently.

Drop the new piece in.

Flatten the leads with a Fid or Larikin. Wire brush. Resolder joints.

Tape the piece in place so that it is centred and any gaps are covered. Where there are multiple replacements recementing is best to reseal the whole panel and make it watertight. 

Panel cemented and polished before refitting. Because an important feature of this panel is its being symmetrical with the matching opposite piece having a single line crack (and to reduce costs in taking the single line cracked piece out) it was necessary to strap the unbroken piece. Other small straps were added to 'tail end' pieces that were broken and the other more noticeable cracks replaced.