Scene with poppies

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
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.

Scene with Poppies Detail
Scene with Poppies Detail

Hummingbird

Hummingbird 

This is a small panel of a hummingbird made with Youghiogheny glass, these are all the pieces 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.

Hummingbird with Cherry Blossoms
Hummingbird with Cherry Blossoms
Piece foiled
Piece foiled

Once all the pieces are foiled they are then flat soldered using 50/50 enabling me to remove the template. I then attach the perimeter lead and bead solder the piece using 60/40. The finish patina is then applied and a final polish completes the project.

Piece in window
Piece in window
 Photoshop edit
Photoshop edit

 

 

 

 

 

© David Kennedy 2015

Various Pieces in Studio

Various pieces in studio
Various pieces in studio

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

Wilhelmina Geddes.

Wilhelmina Geddes

Wilhelmina Geddes
Wilhelmina Geddes

‘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
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. Spectrum glass was used for this piece, the red and amber are water glass and the blue top is rough rolled. The dark green oak leaf is a piece of Kokomo. Lead came was used to construct the four panels which were then soldered together, finally the finial was added to complete the project. © David Kennedy 2015

Moody Irises

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.
> © David Kennedy 2015

Two Irises

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

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.

Remembrance Poppies.

Remembrance 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.

Remembrance Poppies
Remembrance Poppies