Clann Credo recently celebrated their 20th anniversary as Irelands leading provider of community finance, Since 1996 they have supported over 800 projects with almost €80 million of social finance.
We were approached by the CEO to create a panel based on their logo for presentation to Sister Magdalen Fogarty, one of the founder members.
The panel was to be small enough to hang in a window and framed in wood, this was the first draft of the pattern which was the CEO’s idea.
The idea was agreed and the I made the templates and proceeded to cut the glass, the outside of the panel has been constructed using lead came. This seemed to work better with the design, the lettering will be wrapped in copper foil as it is fairly intricate.
Panel is now ready for soldering and framing.
Panel framed and finished, I used Wissmach glass for this project, finished size is 400mm x 520mm.
Effort number three in my ” Tiny Tiffany ” series is another scene, this time using irises which just work so well in stained glass. Getting some small pieces of yellow in here was a bit of a challenge but like to think I managed it ok. I find using the water glass really adds another dimension even though the piece is so small.
This is a close up of the piece.
When using art glass you always seem to end up with odd pieces that you simply have to get into a panel, which is the case here, The background glass dictated everything, the colour of the irises compliments it so well. Only enough for a small panel though.
These panels were inspired by the work of Kaffe Fasset and were the first of my original designs. I had been making Tiffany lampshades for some years but I always wanted to do my own designs at some point. I used Uroboros and Youghiogheny glass for the pansies and concentrated on the shapes and colours of the blooms, deliberately cramming them together. I then used the green border to frame the flowers and balance the overall effect.
This is a Poppy panel made with Youghiogheny stipple glass, the design was draw as a sketch and then just adapted for stained glass. This method seems to work best for me, it keeps the design fresh and free flowing rather than the rigid lines of traditional stained glass.
This panel started as a thumbnail sketch which I did whilst my son was having a half – hour piano lesson. The full size pattern however took about four days to get right. Hydrangea’s grow in abundance in Ireland and in a multitude of colours making them a perfect subject to produce in art glass. The mop heads here are made with a Uroboros ring mottle, leaves and background are Youghiogheny stipple.