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

Large Lantern

Large Lantern
Large Lantern
Large Lantern ( oak leaf )
Large Lantern ( oak leaf )
lantern and koi
lantern and koi
oak leaf lantern
oak leaf lantern

This is a recent commission, I have never made a ” Lantern ” before but I always try to tackle anything that comes along. I used Spectrum glass for this piece, the red and amber are waterglass and the blue top is rough rolled. The dark green oak leaf is a piece of Kokomo. I used lead came to construct the four panels and then soldered them together before finally adding the finial. © David Kennedy 2015

Moody Irises

Moody Irises
Moody Irises

Irises must have been created for stained glass they just work so well, the shape and the colours lend themselves to almost any design. This panel was designed and constructed in about 40 hours, the glass is Youghiogheny stipple.
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Two Irises

Two Irises
Two Irises

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.

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Pansies door panels

Pansies door panels
Pansies door panels

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.

Youghiogheny Poppies.

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.

Youghiogheny Poppies

The Green Man

The Green Man
The Green Man

It seems appropriate, given the time of year to share ” The Green Man ” with you. This piece is made with Youghiogheny and Uroboros art glass in a pendant design. Originally a pagan symbol, the green man is often found on churches and of course public houses. It is also a popular image for stained glass artists

Comments

Two Daffodils
Two Daffodils

This site is about stained glass in general, but in particular about American art glass and the pieces I create with this medium. Comments are invited that are relevant to the work. I have had quite a few comments so far ( mostly spam ) which I have to delete, during this process I have inadvertently deleted some comments which I had allowed and I would like to send my sincerest apologies to those who contributed these,