Back in 2011 we were commissioned to produce a large panel (900 x 2200mm) of bespoke stained glass for a private client in St. Helens. With their starting reference point being the work of revered stained glass artist John Piper, the project made use of a quantity of lovely old salvaged antique cathedral glass, complimented with the use of a selection of new mouth-blown cylinder glass from both Poland and Germany.
Our client returned earlier this year and commissioned us to produce a new panel as a companion piece for the earlier work. The new piece is made entirely of mouth-blown cylinder glass, most of which is Lambert’s of Germany; a glass we consider to be unmatched in it’s colour, clarity and texture. While it follows a similar design style to the earlier piece, making use of simple flowing lines to create a Piperesque grid, the colour pallette has been much expanded. Again, as with the first panel, we have included a number of floating structure lines produced by hand painting and kiln firing onto the glass. A comparatively simple production, we feel it works all the better for this by allowing the beauty of the glass to really shine.
Due to be installed by the client this companion piece will form the upper section of a serving hatch between their kitchen and dining/living room. While not directly adjacent to it’s earlier companion, the two windows are set within the same room and will be view-able together.
Our images show the completed new panel, our design proposal, detail shots capturing the beautiful “striations”, bubbles and flaws of the cylinder glass, and finally a shot of the original window of 2011.