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A Gallery of Readers Stained Glass Work

Blue glass moons

Blue glass moons

This panel was based on an anecdote by John Betjeman of a quotation by Tennyson, and was my first large scale attempt at acid etching a large piece of flashed glass. Using collage and the inverting facility on a photocopier, I was able to create a screenprint negative of the image which was applied in bitumen to the glass before dunking it in the acid bath for etching. The wall in the foreground is created from a piece of window (float) glass also etched and abraded. Once again I ended up with a 3D piece and not just a flat panel. Pete Hammond

Panel Without Lead

Abstract design

Abstract design

The title for this panel is a bit of a misnomer really, as there is quite a bit of lead included in the design, but I was trying to use the ‘light lines’ instead of ‘lead lines’ to make the difference.

There’s a good chance the design idea was borrowed from the works of Jochem Poensgen, although my smaller piece relies on the insertion of tiny bits of lead to hold it together rather than sandwiching it between sheets of clear glass. It was rather fiddly to put together. Pete Hammond

Milly’s reply:
I love this piece of work; the use of handmade glass, and the minimal pieces of chunky but ordered lead give it structure. Brilliant.

The Blue Flower

Blue glass flower

Blue glass flower

I have been fiddling with stained glass for over 4 years. Since I am a stay at home mom, my time is very limited. I made this flower for my girl’s room. They always like to play with my beads, so I was inspired to make them a flower to hang in their room. I think it turned out great. All of my projects that I have created were hand drawn; except my first three.

Thank you for allowing me to share one of my works of art. I have enjoyed looking at the other’s as well! by Amy T.

Milly’s reply: Amy, thanks to you for letting us see your fantastic flower. I bet your daughters were thrilled – lucky them having a mum that takes time to make lovely things for them.

I particularly like the way you’ve managed to capture the lively quality of the flower with the lead line and your use of clear glass. I often talk about how clear glass accentuates the coloured areas with my students, and this is a good example.

It’s great that you’re designing your own work, too – it makes it so much more personal. Keep it going!

Door Panels With Circles

Circles 2

Circles 2

I like to design outside of the frame to give the illusion that the panel is beyond the open space. Cirles have become a bit of a trademark for me even though they are not the easiest shape to work with. The overlapping shapes allow the design to flow from one space to another. By using limited amounts of Spectrum streaky coloured glass I can create points of interest that draw the eye in and around the design. As this was a south facing door/window the sun shines in through it for most of the day and throws beautiful colour onto the walls. by Anthony Chilver

Milly says:

I love this, it does exactly what you say – gives the impression of space beyond the boundaries of the architecture.

Know what you mean about circles! They’re great for movement and flow, and lovely and gentle to have around, but they certainly arne’t the easiest shape to deal with.

Thanks for your submission Anthony, it’s great.

Landscape that looks like a bra!

Some see a bra!

Some see a bra!

The original inspiration for this glass art piece was taken from a location in Devon where a waterfall pours over a cliff and flows across a pebbly beach into the sea.

Starting as an exercise in fusing, glass etching and abrading, it kinda morphed into 3D object, mainly because I couldn’t figure out how to mount such peculiar shapes as a stained glass panel. It was also my first use of the ”no lead” idea, which no doubt I have subconsciously nicked from someone else. Pete Hammond

Stevens Competition Piece

Stevens Competition Entry

Stevens Competition Entry

This annual competition requires a sample panel – made to full scale size – from an original design of the entrant.

My design, based on the competition brief, proved to be impossible for me to produce in time for the deadline due to my lack of skills and techniques. Later, a full day workshop given by Mark Angus provided me with the necessary ideas and inspiration to have a go at it. Pete Hammond

The panel was made from a single piece of float glass, enamelled, silver stained and etched with acid paste. A small red shard was glued to the surface.

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