Victorian stained glass is one of my favourite styles. I love the flowing lines and timeless colours. I designed and made a lovely panel for a fanlight above a door in Cheshire recently. The client wanted to incorporate the name of the house into the design so I choose a style of lettering reminiscent of the Arts & Crafts movement that loved just right for the design. We used antique cathedral glass in shades of amber, olive green and pink to give the panel an authentic appearance. The finished stained glass panel was finally encapsulated into a toughened glass triple glazed unit before being fitted into the original pitch pine frame. The finished window looked like it had always been there, another fine job! This is what stained glass is all about: working with the client to full fill their vision and to compliment the period of the property.
I am looking forward to the many stained glass classes I have planned for the new year with new students coming nearly every week in January and feb. There are lots of people coming on the classes who received vouchers as presents this Christmas so it will great to welcome them to the incredible world of stained glass. We will be working through the stages of glass cutting, leading and soldering to make a small sample window all in one day.
So with the school art projects, church stained glass restoration and protection projects we have on at the moment its going to be a busy start to the year.