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.
Ever optimistic, I set off in wellies to find signs of spring up the lane off The Slade, up to the nature reserve pond and beyond. Having gathered some catkins, pussy willow and added some forsythia from the garden, I settled down to draw, with a view to making a series of small, detailed painted panels to hang in windows.
I sponge a 'matt' of tracing black paint onto the glass and then draw into it, revealing the glass underneath. Here are some pieces ready for firing in the kiln. I then have to wait a day and a half to see how they turn out. Patience required...
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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