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.