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
Pansies Door Panel
These Pansies Door Panels were inspired by the work of Kaffe Fasset https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaffe_Fassett and were my first attempt at producing original work. After spending a few years making reproduction Tiffany Lampshades I was keen to try my own designs.
I used Uroboros and Youghiogheny glass for the pansies and concentrated on the shapes and colors of the blooms, deliberately cramming them together. The inner panels were made using the copper foil method .The green border was then added using lead came framing the flowers and balancing the overall effect.
I had always wanted to do a hydrangea panel in stained glass.Some years ago my parents purchased a small property in Ireland with a well established garden containing many varieties of hydrangeas. The sight of the blue flowers up against a white-washed wall was a vision that stayed with me. I had been doing stained glass for a number of years, mostly lampshades which were reproductions. My real ambition though was to do my own designs and hydrangea’s were definitely high on that list.
This panel started as a thumbnail sketch which I did whilst my son was having a half – hour piano lesson. I would often start a project with a small sketch, just to get the initial idea down on paper of how the panel would work. Using the sketch as a guide I could then draft up the full size pattern, in this instance it took about four days to complete.Quite a long time really given my sketch was done in only half an Hour.
The finished panel took another 50+ hours to complete. I have used a Uroboros ring-mottle glass for the mop head blooms a perfect colour I thought. The leaves are all in Youghiogheny Stipple Glass as is the background. I did toy with the idea of using a white but the blue worked much better. I finished the edges in 12 mm zinc came which helps to strengthen the panel.
The full size pattern for this panel is now available as a downloadable PDF file in the Pattern Store http://www.kennedyoriginalstainedglass.com/?sd_product=blue-hydrangea-stained-glass-pattern
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
Here is a small panel ” Two Daffodils ” as I like to post an image rather than just writing a few paragraphs. Daffodils always seem to lift the spirits .
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 and during this process I have inadvertently deleted some comments which I had allowed. This was totally unintentional and I would like to send my sincerest apologies to those who contributed these.