Clann Credo presentation.

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. cclogo2016-founded

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.

Clann Credo pattern first draft
Clann Credo pattern first draft

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.

Clann Credo cut and leaded
Clann Credo cut and leaded

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.

Clann Credo with lettering foiled
Clann Credo with lettering foiled

Panel is now ready for soldering and framing.

Clann Credo panel framed
Clann Credo panel framed

Panel framed and finished, I used Wissmach glass for this project, finished size is 400mm x 520mm.

Glass Patterns Quarterly

Back in January we posted a small panel ” Scene with Poppies ” Shortly after we were contacted by GPQ , and as a result this design has been published in the current issue, along with a pattern and tutorial on how to construct this small panel.

Glass Patternshttps://www.glasspatterns.com/ Quarterly
Glass Patterns Quarterly

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 Scene with poppies Here is the finished panel .

Apple Blossom

This piece has been cut and sitting on the workbench for the past two months so I am delighted to have it complete and able to post pictures. Staying with the ” Tiny Tiffany ” theme this time I have gone for an Apple Blossom design, the background glass here is a Uroboros fracture glass code 10-55 Cobalt Blue, White and Green, this is the reverse side and you can see the fractures in the glass.

Apple Blossom
Apple Blossom

I think the fractures prove very effective when viewed from the front adding a sense of depth to the composition. © David Kennedy 2016.

Apple Blossom
Apple Blossom

Scene with irises

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.
12 iris round
This is a close up of the piece.
12 iris close up

Tiny Tiffany Two

I’ve gone for a clematis design this time, same size diameter as the ” scene with poppies ” figure it will work best given the glass pieces I have. The background here was quite tricky but it really brings the colour in the flowers forward and gives some movement to the composition, turned out quite well I’m thinking..
12 " diameter round clematis panel 12 ”

On to the next one, I am keen to explore what other ” Tiffany’s ” will work in this design format.

clematis close up
clematis close up

A couple of close up pictures here.

clematis close up
clematis close up

Scene with poppies

When using art glass you invariably end up with lots of different pieces of odd glasses that you simply don’t want to dispose of. After a while these start to mount up and take up space so some thing has to be done with them which leads to this panel. I have taken the idea from a ” Tiffany ” window, I’m not sure how large the original window is but my small panel is 12 inches in diameter, a Tiny Tiffany if you like.

Scene with poppies

I wasn’t sure how this would work out but I thought I would give it a go anyway, having seen the end result I may well try another one so watch this space.

12 poppy close up

Hummingbird with Cherry Blossoms.

This is a small panel of a hummingbird made with Youghiogheny glass, these are all the pieces cut. hum cut I prefer to cut all the pieces before I start foiling as it provides some room for further slight adjustment should it be required. hum foiled Once all the pieces are foiled all pieces are then flat soldered enabling me to remove the template. I then attach the perimeter lead and bead solder the piece, apply the finish patina and a final polish to complete the project.hum in window This final image is edited in photoshop © David Kennedy 2015 hum

© David Kennedy 2015

Various Pieces in Studio

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These are various pieces currently for sale in the studio, we make these up during the year in between commissions.

New Book by Four Courts Press on The Life and Work of Wilhelmina Geddes.

SetWidth440-Bowe-geddes-final ‘An extraordinarily rich, evocative and psychologically penetrating study of a powerful artist and the times she lived through. Nicola Gordon Bowe has restored Wilhelmina Geddes to a central place in the Arts and Crafts movement and drawn a vivid portrait of the difficult life and personality of an original and uncompromising talent … Bowe’s beautifully produced and illustrated book is a major addition to the artistic history of the era, and the part played by women in it; it is also a labour of love’, R.F. Foster, Carroll Professor of Irish History at the University of Oxford. ‘This magnificent book restores an almost forgotten figure to the history of modern art. Working in a medium that presents huge challenges and which is invariably neglected by mainstream art history, Wilhelmina Geddes emerges as a great creative force, a major artist. What Geddes achieved was extraordinary and in Dr Gordon Bowe she has found the perfect biographer’, Tanya Harrod, design historian and co-editor of the Journal of Modern Craft. SetWidth210-geddes5 <;SetWidth210-geddes3 SetWidth210-geddes1  Nicola Gordon Bowe’s magisterial new biography landed in bookshops last week with the force (and some of the weight – it’s about 2.5kg) of a small meteorite .. [it] makes for a fascinating tale … the text is shot through, as it should be, by glorious colour reproductions of the artist’s work, illuminating the narrative as her windows did churches … [it is] an epic work of scholarship, now published as Wilhelmina Geddes: life and work. Thanks to that, the Ireland of 2015 AD has reclaimed a long-lost daughter’, Frank McNally, Irish Times (November 2015). ‘Dubbed the “greatest stained glass artist of our time” upon her death in London in 1955, the Leitrim-born and Belfast-raised Geddes has been terribly overlooked since. This stunningly illustrated, exhaustively researched and engagingly written book is clever and beautiful enough to spark a revival of appreciation,’ Cristín Leach Hughes, Sunday Times (November 2015). ‘As this marvellous book demonstrates, Wilhelmina Geddes was a forceful, original, modern artist of internationally important stature. Beautifully written and sumptuously illustrated, the book not only celebrate the achievements of – arguably – Ireland’s greatest 20th-century artist, but also reveals the epic potential of stained glass as an art form, one that can be equally powerful on the most monumental or miniature scales’, Peter Cormack, author of Arts & Crafts Stained Glass (2015). ‘What a monument of a book! So well-made and well-printed it shows [Geddes’] vast oeuvre … excellent photos … A book to read in one shot for all interested in or studying stained glass, as Geddes is a serious inspiration for future generations’, Angela van der Burght, Glass is More (November 2015). ‘An excellent new book … Gordon Bowe’s meticulous recovery of original material parallels her rewriting into history of this dazzlingly talented artist who was always an outsider’, Medb Ruane, Irish Arts Review (Dec. 2015/Feb. 2016). ‘An immense work, richly illustrated and deeply researched … it is a revelatory work, a beautifully produced showcase of an artist’s work … the images in this book, often of strong saints and prophets, forceful and determined characters such as Ulster still produces, provide more than enough for the reader at home to realise that here indeed was a truly great religious artist’, Peter Costello, Irish Catholic (November

 

http://www.fourcourtspress.ie/books/2015/wilhelmina-geddes/reviews