Saturday, 1 August 2020

Little Heap of Horrors

Before it was banned red lead (lead (II, IV) oxide) was added to cement to make it rock hard. Mostly you come across the odd violent orange fleck here and there when dismantling old panels but in 11 armorial panels I am restoring it seems like they tipped their stock of red lead in both powder and liquid form into the panels...

Nightmare on red lead street!


Sunday, 26 July 2020

A hint of Rennie Mac!

It was a pleasure to work on this job in Dulwich, a simple design but with a lot of style...

We used some old glasses to match the original side panel along with some beautiful hand made opaque glass and hand spun roundels.

Wednesday, 22 July 2020

Castlefield Hotel Manchester

Back in 2012 I visited the Castlefield Hotel in Manchester and came across these beautiful panels in the chapel / quiet room. The set of panels had a really unique style and so much energy in the design. I love the way that different techniques are used; cast glass roundels, painted and acid etched detail. At the hotel nobody knew who made them and for the last 8 years I have had them on my website asking if anyone knew. Finally I found out as I joined the recent webinar given by Martin Donlin for The Worshipful Company of Glaziers. There I saw early works in the same distinctive style and contacted Martin to see if I was right! Turns out I was and Martin had not seen the panels since he installed them (his first public commission) and was delighted to see them again...

and I was equally delighted to get some of Martins books in the post as my reward!

Saturday, 27 June 2020

Nautical theme

Recently completed this panel which sat in between 2 earlier sets of panels I adapted / restored / made new! One a beautiful old pictorial panel which came from a pub not surprisingly called 'The Ship', with newly made fanlight above. The other set of panels (door and corridor) incorporated the house motif of 'reed and ribbon' replicated in various decorative features across the house.

This panel needed to work with both designs with the customers being keen to continue the nautical theme. With this in mind we kept the same layout as the reed and ribbon panel, enlarged the borders, a compass was used for the central area and the Carrick Bend rope pattern used for the corner features.

Panel before fitting.

For the compass border we used a semi opaque streaky glass which changed greatly in different lights. 

With the amber streaky glass the ropes seem to glow!

One side soldered!

To see close ups of the ship look here  and to see close ups of the 'reed and ribbon' design look here.

Saturday, 20 June 2020

Space Age New Cross!

I recently completed this traditional door set in New Cross. The stained glass is a copy of the original street design, part of the Hatcham Manor Estate but with a difference as the customer wanted something a little quirky and fun mixed in. Being a cat lover and also an admirer of the fabulous retro style work of El Gato Gomez we found some shapes that would blend with the traditional painted quarries and that on first glance you might possibly overlook but pause a while and you will get a surprise....

Traditional street design.

Space age cats dropped in!

All handpainted quarries by the brilliant Flora Jamieson!

Friday, 24 April 2020

Love stained glass but don't have the space for something big?

Over the years I have made many small gift panels both bespoke and based on traditional designs, here is a small selection...
Art Nouveau Style

Thames Barge


Canadian Robin

Charlton supporting snowman!


Influenced by the talented Louis Barillet

Abandoned ski resort Canada

Greenwich Peninsula 2002


Open Studios 2009


Section from Saint Serge

Ships from an Art Nouveau Yearbook

Summer Fizz


Postcard from Vietnam

Windy day on Blackheath!

Got an idea - please get in touch, let's make it happen!