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Church of All Saints rose window, Pontardawe

Continuing to work on the window, now have completed 4 of the eight crucifixion panels.  Many thanks to Dylan Thomas School, their lead is an amazing help and there is plenty left.  Thanks also to Sarah and Hugh Jones for donating £100 which has covered the solder, leaded light cement, glass paint and stain and some glass.  It as also great to have Lynne Gent to give her expertise in sorting puzzles for a few hours.

My hours now total 70.  You are welcome to call in and have a look.

It is not an easy window to work with its varying thicknesses and mirrored images it keeps me on my toes!  Very soon there will be a progress window board in the Pontardawe Heritage and Visitor Centre.  I am reasonably pleased that there are now seven of the seventeen panels complete.

 

 

via Church of All Saints rose window, Pontardawe

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Church of All Saints rose window, Pontardawe

The pieces of glass in the triangular panel 2 (of 8) depicting the thirty pieces of silver is now completed.  They are tricky panels with slight differences in details that I am slowly getting to know.  A big bonus in having probably enough lead for the project kindly donated by Claire More and the art department of Dylan Thomas School.

Also a picture of the main materials.

  • My hard worked Weller 100w soldering iron (tips aproximately £20)
  • 60/40 lead/tin solder. £2 per stick.  two used in this panel.
  • Quarter inch round lead came which comes in H section 2 meter lengths.  I used three in this panel.
  • Tallow which I use as flux which I seem to have a never ending supply of (as long as the mice don’t eat it!)
  • Replacement pieces of glass which includes painting and firing, I have bought some light green cathedral restoration glass (used in the painted piece shown and some dark green water-glass for the in between pieces where missing. Cost £15.
  • Reusche traditional glass paint and silver stain (stains glass yellow) £12 per 28 grams and £24 per 28 grams respectively.

If you would like help me cover the cost of just one of these items I would be eternally grateful.  I am not rich but determined to complete this window.                                            You will be listed as a supporter of this amazing project. £50 will ensure your name in lights (leaded lights) when the complete window is on permanent display in the Pontardawe Heritage and Visitor Centre.

There is a donation box in the Centre.

Previously…

I have been working on the first of the triangular panels.  I have started with the one with the hammer.

I am getting to know the layout of the glass and the vine branches.  It is  tricky working with the varying thicknesses as it varies from 2 mm to 6 mm.  I have completed it but I may come back to it at a later date. There are errors there, can you spot them?

I have laid all the panels out as they would have been on the floor with each panel in its correct place.  Elizabeth Edmundson has helped with the lay out and telling me the order from the diagrams she made when the window came out.

Please excuse the quality of the laid out pieces but bear in mind that it is 8 ft in diameter and I had to balance on a table to get it all in!

I am having a few days off from the window now and working on some special pieces for the Sketty Produce and Craft market. Yes I am still doing my own stained glass and running m classes on a Monday morning.

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Before I started this window I knew very little about religious imagery.  Thanks to the following people I now know  lot more.

Petri Anderson, stained glass artist London, links to Freya’s Florence.

Martin Crampin  Stained glass in Wales website.

John, Michelle and Meryl at Pontardawe heritage and Visitors Centre for your enthusiasm.

Plan for near future.

  1. Photagraph triangular panel ready for leading.  This is one of eight or four pairs.  Each one having a mirror image in design.
  2. Contact Liz Edmondson to gain a bit more knowledge on her work.
  3. Lead panel 1.

It has been an interesting journey so far.  Someone had some stained glass in their shed.  Was I interested in having a look, of course I was!

I was amazed to see that the window which was removed from the Church of All Saints in Uplands Pontardawe was apparently all there. The centre panel which was 32…

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Church of All Saints rose window, Pontardawe

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Church of All Saints rose window, Pontardawe

Before I started this window I knew very little about religious imagery.  Thanks to the following people I now know  lot more.

Petri Anderson, stained glass artist London, links to Freya’s Florence.

Martin Crampin  Stained glass in Wales website.

John, Michelle and Meryl at Pontardawe heritage and Visitors Centre for your enthusiasm.

Plan for near future.

  1. Photagraph triangular panel ready for leading.  This is one of eight or four pairs.  Each one having a mirror image in design.
  2. Contact Liz Edmondson to gain a bit more knowledge on her work.
  3. Lead panel 1.

It has been an interesting journey so far.  Someone had some stained glass in their shed.  Was I interested in having a look, of course I was!

I was amazed to see that the window which was removed from the Church of All Saints in Uplands Pontardawe was apparently all there. The centre panel which was 32 inches was in very good condition having been restored by Elizabeth Endmonson.  There were two other diamond shaped pieces which were complete but the other 14 panels were completely dismantled with the lead removed.

Below is the centre panel, the eight symbols of the crucifixion. The winged bull and the winged lion representing the evangelist Luke and Mark as the winged lion.  There are two more complete images of the winged man(Matthew) and the eagle John.

I am also adding the laid out pieces of the outer panels which contain the symbols of the crucifixion.20180808_174954 (1).jpg

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Summer exhibition

We are delighted to be part of the new Pontardawe Heritage and Visitors Centre in the old library and stables in the centre of town.

Thanks to a dedicated team of volunteers there will be a fascinating mix of information, historic items and scale models to inspire interest in our local area.

This is a work in progress and as artists with a love of the local area we are assisting the project to get off the ground.

We will be in the temporary exhibition area with a mixed collection of artwork as well as some historic stained glass.

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Summer 2018, Arts Week, a new exhibition in June, glass classes, glass painting classes and silversmithing with Marcia………..

Past posts.

I am working on a new range of tribal faces and statement pendants,  They will be ready very soon and on display and for sale on my stall in Hay on Wye on December 3rd.  This is with the Big Skill who are a wonderful group.

I have been privileged recently to work with pupils and staff of Dylan Thomas Community School in Cockett.  What a lovely school. We have been experimenting with a kiln that has not been used for a very long time.  We are all excited to see the results of the first firing.

A few of us are getting a last minute plan together for the Pontardawe Christmas parade on December 1st.  If you are interested come down to the wonderful Cafe Make (PAC) on Friday at 6 pm.   Children an adults welcome to be involved in planning and making a mythical lantern parade. (look out for the unicorn !)

There is a now fantastic varied exhibition now open in Oriel Lliw (upstairs in Pontardawe Arts Centre).  I am proud to have my two circular panels on display as well  as some small pieces in the cabinet in the foyer. Open daily from 1pm (except Sundays)

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October classes

A studio view below and students work ready to be fired… from dragons to silly sheep, the possibilities are endless.  (all fired well)

I am making two very different circular panels both including some etching on some stunning blue flashed glass.   Also experimenting with graffiti paints which are brilliant to use.   So zebras in the bathroom and elephants in the garden…….

Looking forward to developing glass techniques in Dylan Thomas Community School with staff and pupils.