STORIES IN STAINED GLASS

This exhibition showcases the diverse techniques possible in stained glass, fused glass, copper foiling and traditional glass painting.

Myself, Bonnie and all students who come on our ongoing glass workshops have each created a glass panel which are displayed in backlit box frames ( 37 in total ). Each panel has a story behind its theme and everyone has stretched their knowledge and skills to produce work using many different techniques that often they have not tried before.

We wanted to showcase that stained glass is thriving and diverse contemporary art form.

THE EXHIBITION OPENS FOR ONE NIGHT -  on FRIDAY 17TH NOVEMBER 6PM-8.30PM

at Fearon Hall, Rectory Road, Loughborough. lE11 1PL

www.fearonhall.org.uk

PARKING: The closest carpark is the NCP at Tesco superstore. The Rushes,Loughborough, LE11 5BG

Or use any carpark in town. There is is very limited parking outside Fearon Hall

The exhibition is upstairs. There is a stairlift.

 

THE EXHIBITION THEN CONTINUES  - at St Andrews Church, 1 Church Gate, Kegworth. DE74 2ED

SUNDAY 3RD DECEMBER 12noon-5PM ( coffee and cake being served )

WEDNESDAY 6th/13th/20th 10.30- 12noon ( coffee and cake being served )

SATURDAY 9TH DECEMBER 10-12NOON ( coffee and cake being served )

and CHURCH SERVICES until Christmas.

PARKING: There is a carpark opposite the church by the CO-OP or on street parking.

There is also parking at Kegworth village Hall, Nottingham Road, Kegworth, Derby. DE742FH

 

SOME PANELS ARE STILL BEING MADE - THEIR PHOTOS WILL BE ATTACHED AS THEY ARE COMPLETED.

 

STORIES IN STAINED GLASS

Name: Claire Williamson
Terms coming to class: all of them - Im the teacher
Title: 'Green' space invaders
Materials/ techniques used: Fused glass, traditional glass painting and leaded.
Explanation about panel: This panel represents my dismay over the new housing estates taking over the green space surrounding my workshop. The approaching houses are represented by space invaders, with the lead line representing the road and new roundabout. My workshop is seen attacking the invaders, trying to hold them back from taking over the remaining green spaces I am still surrounded by. These beautiful fields are where I walk my dog with all her doggy friends and where I see all the animals I have depicted. 

STORIES IN STAINED GLASS

Name: Bonnie Brooksbank
Terms coming to class: most of them - teacher
Title: Ooh, Pretty!
Materials/ techniques used: Fused glass, traditional glass painting and leaded.
Explanation about panel: I realised when I started making the details of this panel, that I was letting my mind take over and do what it wanted to. Im always distracted from my current task by something else, something pretty. I let myself use images that drew me to them just because I wanted to, allowing my panel to become a slightly eccentric and eclectic choice of colours and techniques.

STORIES IN STAINED GLASS

Name: Judith Richards
Terms coming to class: 39 - Thursday evening class
Title: The night visitor
Materials/ techniques used: Fused glass powders,bubble paint and frit, traditional glass painting and leaded.
Explanation about panel: Design inspired by badgers visiting the garden at night and digging in the veg plot.

STORIES IN STAINED GLASS

Name: Joanne Blood
Terms coming to class: 10 - Thursday evening class
Title: Flowers
Materials/ techniques used: Fused glass powder printing, real flowers copper foiled and leaded.
Explanation about panel: Using real flowers and plants from my garden, I captured their beauty using different techniques.

STORIES IN STAINED GLASS

Name: Joseph Crowther
Terms coming to class: 12 - Thursday evening class
Title: New years eve fireworks
Materials/ techniques used: Fused glass powders and frits, cut glass, traditional glass painting, leaded.
Explanation about panel: The panel was based on a watercolour painting I did of fireworks on the new years eve celebrations in London.

STORIES IN STAINED GLASS

Name: Andrew Blood
Terms coming to class: 10 - Thursday evening class
Title: Coronation
Materials/ techniques used: Fused glass powders and frits, kilnformed glass, decals, leaded.
Explanation about panel: This panel celebrates King Charles III coronation.

STORIES IN STAINED GLASS

Name: Sadie Cobb
Terms coming to class: 4 - Thursday evening class
Title: Fractured self
Materials/ techniques used: Fused glass, cut glass, copper foiling, lead edge.
Explanation about panel: My weekly glass evenings are a moment of calm and quiet in a busy week of chaos.
So often we feel like we give so many pieces of ourselves to others, work, family, responsibilities, glass has allowed me to piece myself back together again.

STORIES IN STAINED GLASS

Name: Sue Donajgrodzki
Terms coming to class: 3 - Thursday evening class
Title: Psychedelic crow
Materials/ techniques used: Fused glass, traditional glass painting, lead edge.
Explanation about panel: Inspired by a poster from the 1960's by Tony Neale

STORIES IN STAINED GLASS

Name: Monica Hanna 
Terms coming to class: 45 - Thursday evening class
Title: African Memories
Materials/ techniques used: Fused glass, traditional glass painting, copper foiled fabric inclusions, leaded.
Explanation about panel: My very happy place from 1973 to 1978

STORIES IN STAINED GLASS

Name: Patricia Roberts
Terms coming to class: 50+ - Thursday evening class
Title: Magnolia Stellata
Materials/ techniques used: Cut glass, , copper foiled, lead edge.
Explanation about panel: At our last home we planted a magnolia stellata. Over 20 years it grew into a beautiful plant, but when my husband died, it died too. These lovely flowers remind me of happy times.

STORIES IN STAINED GLASS

Name: Joan Holdsworth
Terms coming to class: 57!! - Thursday evening class
Title: Sheep before the storm
Materials/ techniques used: Cut glass, fused glass, traditional glass painting, copper foiling, leaded.
Explanation about panel: I wanted to make a new work using only glass left over from previous projects. Every piece is a memory!
It is based on the style of sheep by Brother Roger ( Taize ) that I first saw in the museum of stained glass in Switzerland.

STORIES IN STAINED GLASS

Name: Doreen Watson
Terms coming to class:  - 24- Thursday evening class 
Title:  'Aftermath'
Materials/ techniques used: fused glass, mixed media inclusions, traditional glass painting,  leaded.
Explanation about panel: 
Our home-welcome.                                               Family meal around kitchen table - happy chatter.       Watch TV - five minutes more?                           Bubble bath - giggling children.                         Bedtime story, tucked in with love.
And r e l a x
Sirens.   Missiles.
NO!
Direct hit.
Dust settles.
Devastation.
Deafening silence.
DEFIANCE!

STORIES IN STAINED GLASS

Name: Sean Hale
Terms coming to class: 32 - Thursday evening class
Title: Bell foundry
Materials/ techniques used: Cut glass, fused glass, traditional glass painting, metal inclusions, leaded.
Explanation about panel: The Loughborough bell foundry is a unique place and the last remaining large scale bell foundry left in the country. The dark victorian factory buildings are contrasted by the bright vivid colours of the hot metal being cast into beautiful bells.

STORIES IN STAINED GLASS

Name: Stéphanie Langan
Terms coming to class: 14 - Thursday evening class
Title: DAD
Materials/ techniques used: Fused glass, lead overlay, decals, copper foiling, traditional glass painting, leaded.
Explanation about panel: Dads are quite often overlooked in crafting, so I decided to create a panel for my Dad. 
The church is where he and my Mum were married in France. The bell represents Villedieu-les Poêles, famous for its copper and bell foundry and a town close to my Dad's heart. My Dad's middle name is Bourdon which is french for bumblebee, hence the bee. Finally, the crest is that of La Trinité where my mum is from and my Dad's family too.
Back in 2019 when I started coming to glass classes my Dad asked me to make him the crest and I told him I would never be capable!!

STORIES IN STAINED GLASS

Name: Nicola Marshall
Terms coming to class: 12 - Wednesday afternoon class
Title: Out of my comfort zone!
Materials/ techniques used: Cut glass, fused glass, traditional glass painting, leaded.
Explanation about panel: After 12 terms of leaded and fused glass, I finally listened to Claire's advice and took the plunge to experiment with painting on glass.
Inspired by Alisoun Howie's panel at the 2022 British Glass Biennale, I've tried to merge paint lines with lead lines and use different paint techniques to create depth.

STORIES IN STAINED GLASS

Name: Sue Foreman
Terms coming to class: 6 - Wednesday afternoon class
Title: Champagne Mixer
Materials/ techniques used: Fused and slumped scrap 96 glass, found metal inclusions, leaded.
Explanation about panel: Im inspired by experimentation and found objects and the way in which discarded materials can be incorporated and re-purposed to make conglomerates. The unpredictability of the combined and fused elements dictated the final piece. The negative spaces create areas of calm amongst the frenetic components.

STORIES IN STAINED GLASS

Name: Pauline Heselwood
Terms coming to class: - Wednesday afternoon class
Title: Mosaic mélange
Materials/ techniques used: Cut glass, fused glass, traditional glass painting, copper foiling, leaded.
Explanation about panel: I have used up all my small pieces of cut glass. I didn't want to waste the glass. I have used the pieces to create a mosaic mix-up.

STORIES IN STAINED GLASS

Name: Debbie Moody
Terms coming to class: - 12 - Wednesday afternoon class
Title: The future of our Oceans its up to us!
Materials/ techniques used: Fused glass offcuts, crochet wire, pieces of plastic waste, traditional glass painting,  lead edge.
Explanation about panel: The inspiration behind my panel is the destruction of wild sea creatures, blue whale, hectors dolphin, green sea turtle and the warming of the sea causing coral to die. Trawlers damage our ocean floors and plastic is filling our seas. 
I have used glass I already had and scrap glass, rather than buying new to reduce my waste and carbon footprint.

STORIES IN STAINED GLASS

Name: Sylvia Hickling
Terms coming to class: - 3 - Wednesday afternoon class
Title: Riding the waves
Materials/ techniques used: Fused glass, bubble paint,  high firing glass paint.
Explanation about panel: Inspired by trips to Baja, California and the wildlife in this area. The pure joy of watching dolphins play.

STORIES IN STAINED GLASS

Name: Elizabeth Porter
Terms coming to class: 8 - Wednesday afternoon class
Title: The fish tank
Materials/ techniques used: Fused glass, high firing glass paint, Leaded.
Explanation about panel: Tropical fish - Beautiful and calming in a mad world.

STORIES IN STAINED GLASS

Name: John Caddick
Terms coming to class: -  many terms - Wednesday afternoon class
Title: A gentle plea for chaos
Materials/ techniques used: Fused glass, high firing glass paint, traditional glass painting, copper foiled inclusions, leaded.
Explanation about panel: Influenced by my garden. Nothing too regular, flowers amongst the vegetables and all shared with the wildlife.

STORIES IN STAINED GLASS

Name: Frances O'Brien
Terms coming to class: 6/7 -  Wednesday afternoon class
Title: Fire and Fear
Materials/ techniques used: Fused glass, cut glass, traditional glass painting, leaded.
Explanation about panel: My panel is my response to the horror of fires caused in the large part by the increase in global temperatures. This image represents many areas of the world, no-where can escape the rising temperatures. We must all act before it is too late.
Cloud and mist is everywhere as woods and homes burn. Ancient trees have no song of birds nor calls from the many creatures who evolved with them. The ground is dry as tinder as the hot sun scorches the vegetation, wind spreading the fire, first this way and then that, destroying all in its path. The green tree, vibrant tall and proud, has stood for hundreds of years. it burns as the fire moves towards the villages in its path, their inhabitants initially unaware and unconcerned.
Nothing is left but dry cracked and parched land. The heat of the sun creates sudden explosions of fire, terrifying those who try to flee. Everywhere turns orange as the fire consumes the wood, racing towards more houses, branches fall, trees burn from the inside as flames lick every surface, leaving no escape.

STORIES IN STAINED GLASS

Name: Sally Bardsley
Terms coming to class: 3 - Wednesday afternoon class
Title: "Dart meets Dimorphos"
Materials/ techniques used: Fused glass,  traditional glass painting, leaded.
Explanation about panel: Nasa's Dart mission was sent to deflect astertoid "Dimorphos" in September 2022

STORIES IN STAINED GLASS

Name: Sue Lyons
Terms coming to class: 5 - Wednesday afternoon class
Title: Migrating whale
Materials/ techniques used: Fused glass,  traditional glass painting, lead edge.
Explanation about panel: For my 60th birthday while visiting Sydney, my three sons booked me a boat trip to view hump backed whales migrating north on their way to the Great Barrier Reef. Awesome.

STORIES IN STAINED GLASS

Name: Freya Stainsby
Terms coming to class: 7 - Wednesday afternoon class
Title: Yggdrasil: the tree of life in Norse mythology
Materials/ techniques used: Cut glass,  copper foiling.

Explanation about panel: I have always loved nature and mythology.

Stories are everywhere, people live through them and use them to explain life and reality. I am fascinated by stories and mythologies which people believe in and, whether true or not, capture people’s attentions and reflects their faith. Mythologies are simply stories that most people no longer believe in. I am named after a Norse goddess and so Norse mythology has always felt closer to me than other folklore.

Nature plays a valuable part in many religions. In many cultures there is the tree of life, in the Nordic mythologies they have their world tree: Yggdrasil. Yggdrasil is central to Norse cosmology; it grows between and joins the nine worlds in their legends. It is this tree, Yggdrasil, that I’m drawn to the most.

Simply put, this artwork combines two things I love: stories and nature.

STORIES IN STAINED GLASS

Name: Sarah Smith
Terms coming to class: 3 - Wednesday evening class
Title: Marla
Materials/ techniques used: Fused glass, copper foiling, lead edge.
Explanation about panel: My 2nd daughter was born last year. One of the many meanings of her name is 'Star of the sea'.

STORIES IN STAINED GLASS

Name: Helen Turner
Terms coming to class: 30 - Wednesday eve class
Title: We're going on a moth hunt
Materials/ techniques used: Cut glass,  traditional glass painting, leaded.
Explanation about panel: This panel was inspired by a moth trap my son helped set up at my parents in summer 2022. The panel shows my son with the trap, moths caught in a net and a close-up of one of the moths we caught, a clouded border. For me it brings together three important aspects of my life - family, nature and creating.

STORIES IN STAINED GLASS

Name: Carol Phillips
Terms coming to class: 7 - Wednesday evening class

Title: Spring

Materials/ techniques used: Fused powdered glass, recycled glass,  traditional glass painting, leaded.

Explanation about panel: This panel represents springtime in the Derbyshire countryside.

STORIES IN STAINED GLASS

Name: Aggie Keegan
Terms coming to class: 7 - Wednesday evening class
Title: Golden Ratio
Materials/ techniques used: Copper foiling, mixed media, tinned copper wire.  .
Explanation about panel: Fibonacci golden ratio in nature and in human face - perfection is in everything.

STORIES IN STAINED GLASS

Name: Katie Dewis
Terms coming to class: 7 - Wednesday evening class
Title: Ode to minecraft
Materials/ techniques used: Fused glass, frit and paint.
Explanation about panel: Minecraft is my favourite game, so I made the cover art out of glass.

STORIES IN STAINED GLASS

Name: David Draper

Terms coming to class:  5 - Wednesday evening class

Title: Florence’ after ‘Cosette Sweeping’ by Émile Bayard

Materials/ techniques used: Fused glass,  traditional glass painting, leaded.

Explanation about panel: The original image was an engraving by French illustrator Émile Bayard for the first edition (1886) of Les Misérable by Victor Hugo and has become synonymous with both the written work and more recently the stage production.

 In a wider context the Image is associated with the suffering of innocents during times of conflict, hence my appropriation for the war in Ukraine.

 As my daughter had recently purchased a beret, she made the perfect substitute for Cosette in my version. 

STORIES IN STAINED GLASS

Name: Caroline Lawler
Terms coming to class: 11 - Wednesday evening class
Title: ABBA Voyage
Materials/ techniques used: Fused glass,  traditional glass painting, lead edge.
Explanation about panel: The panel is inspired by my all-time favourite band. I was lucky enough to be invited to the VIP opening night of ABBA Voyage, which was spell-binding. I'll never forget it and wanted to make something as a momento - so here it is!

STORIES IN STAINED GLASS

Name: Linda Anderson
Terms coming to class: 6 - Wednesday evening class
Title: Fields of imagination
Materials/ techniques used: Fused glass,  traditional glass painting, leaded.
Explanation about panel: The panel is loosely based on a favourite jigsaw puzzle with a lot of artistic licence!

STORIES IN STAINED GLASS

Name: Ray Armstrong
Terms coming to class: 5 - Wednesday evening class
Title: Simplicity
Materials/ techniques used: Fused glass,  traditional glass painting, lead edge..
Explanation about panel: 'In the spirt' of Wassily Kandinsky ( 1866-1944 ) during his abstract period 1922-1930, which was focused on geometric lines, curves and colours.
I have enjoyed experimenting with glass frit in order to get the effects I have been trying to achieve.

STORIES IN STAINED GLASS

Name: Maxine Armstrong
Terms coming to class: 5 - Wednesday evening class
Title: Subway
Materials/ techniques used: Fused glass,  traditional glass painting, leaded.
Explanation about panel: Coming out of lockdown was not the light at the end of the tunnel we all hoped. Instead the tunnel led to other tunnels.

STORIES IN STAINED GLASS

Name: Gosia Chalupnik
Terms coming to class: 5 - Wednesday evening class
Title: Desert Life
Materials/ techniques used: cut glass,  copper foiling, lead edge.
Explanation about panel: I wanted to create a simple project that relies on the beauty of patterned glass brought to life by light. And where to find the most natural light? The desert. Hence, 'Desert Life'.

STORIES IN STAINED GLASS

Name: Katie Higham
Terms coming to class:  - Wednesday evening class
Title: Bonbons à l'écrasemont
Materials/ techniques used: fused glass,  vitragraphs, lead edge.
Explanation about panel: Bright colours and sweeties.