Cement, whiting, cleaning...
Finally - ready to fly!
I am looking forward to hanging it in the client's home next week. I hope she likes it.
.The painted pieces have come out of kiln nice and black and shiny. I have checked the balance of the design by sticking the pieces on a glass easel with bits of plasticine, and holding it up to the light. Now they are all ready to be leaded and soldered, to create a hanging panel.
This is the reverse, so you can see the roughness of the paint where it is thicker. All I need to do now is the really messy bit - cementing.
I have been working on a commissioned panel for a client in Bampton, who loves the swifts which return each year to swoop around her rooftop in Bampton, as they also swoop around the sky over my studio here in Charlbury.
She also wants to celebrate her view of the tall spire of St Mary's Church. In completing the design I have also drawn on the acers in her front garden, the lovely portico and my own enthusiasm for old church doorways.
Now I have chosen and cut the glass and started painting.
Gradually the design builds up. Tomorrow I need to complete the last piece - remembering to reverse the date! - and then the pieces can be fired in the kiln.
I am a glass artist based in Charlbury, Oxfordshire. I work in stained and fused glass. I work to commission and teach stained glass in my studio. I open my studio to visitors during Oxfordshire Artweeks.
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