Poulfur School Commission

Poulfur School Commission


This year we have a commission to supply and fit a stained glass window in the new Poulfur School building. This is under the % for art scheme which provides arts funding to new buildings. The installation will be above the entrance doors at the front of the building. It will be visible from both the first and ground floor levels. Space comprises an upper and lower section total size approx 12 ft high by 9 ft 3ins wide.

Poulfur School Window, upper and lower sections of proposed stained glass window installation.
View from the ground floor
Poulfur School Window view from the first floor
Poulfur School Window view from the first floor

The design stage


After discussions with the Board of Management, we agreed upon the design above. This assumed a square-shaped window but this had changed after the installation of the frame. So we then had to incorporate the design into the available space. Armed with all the measurements we drafted a working drawing. A secondary interior frame would house the glass panels.

The Working Drawing


This proved to be a lengthy process and definitely worth taking some time over. With the working drawing complete to scale the full-size patterns were then prepared. We had all the measurements to construct the secondary frame. This would then gives us the template sizes for all individual panels.

First Panel
Poulfur School First Panel in progress At this point, I had a rough idea of the colors and glass types I was going to use. I figured it would be best to start at the top of the installation. It would then be easier to make any adjustments as I worked down the design. I prefer to work this way as it keeps everything looking fluid and fresh.
First panel completed This was also the largest panel, the top section being 6 inches taller than the bottom section. Having completed this panel I then moved on to the side panels. I now had the benefit of being able to view these placed next to the large panel.

Right-Hand Side Panel

Right-hand side panel There is only one panel on the right-hand side so I have done this first. The frame between these two panels is 6 inches wide and I have made an allowance for this.

Left-Hand Side Panels

Left-hand side inner panel The inner panel on the left-hand side is about 2 inches thinner than the outside panel. There is also an allowance for two 6 inch frame pieces on this side of the window.

Left and Right-Hand Side Panels

Right-hand and Left-hand side panels Here are the three smaller panels together, two left and the one on the right. It’s also important to note that the glass will completely change color once lit from behind.

Two Left-Hand Panels

 

Two Left-hand side panels back lit Here are the two left-hand panels with the light behind them spaced 6 inches apart to replicate the frame. As you can see from the previous photo some of the glass now looks clear. This is because it is very pale and when all the window is complete everything will blend together. This completes the top four panels.

Owl in the Moonlight

Owl in the Moonlight


Introduction


Owls are steeped in symbolism and folklore throughout many different cultures. From the ancient Egyptians, Chinese and Native American Indians to name but a few. The Celts believed it was the wisdom of the Owl that gave it the knowledge of the underworld path. So a fascinating subject and also quite popular in the world of stained glass design. Here is my contribution an “Owl in the Moonlight” stained glass panel. This piece now takes pride of place in a Reiki Healing Studio in County Wexford Ireland.
I have used a dark blue Spectrum Waterglass for the sky and an ice white Youghiogheny Stipple Glass for the moon. These two glasses work so well together, the blue reflects the light whereas the white is very opaque. I have picked the branches out with a solid black glass to complete the upper background. The Owl sits in the foreground atop a tree stump at the centre of the composition. It took me a few days to produce this pattern and I am very happy with the end result.

 

Owl in the Moonlight
Owl in the Moonlight © David Kennedy 2016




Stained Glass Pattern Information


Downloadable PDF pattern prints actual size 18 inch x 24 inch, ( 457 mm x 610 mm ) across eight pages. Instructions provided for enlarging the pattern to your required size when printing. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to print this pattern.

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Moody Iris PDF Pattern.

Moody Iris PDF Pattern


Introduction


If ever there was a flower most suited to stained glass art it must be the Iris. They work so well together I am inspired beyond words whenever I see them. The starting point for this Moody Iris PDF Pattern design came from a sheet of Youghiogheny Stipple Glass. The beauty of this glass is that it contains variations of color and hues right across the sheet. Looking at this I decided that the best way to capture this was by using Irises.

Drawing the flowers first then arranging them in order, before adding the leaves and background. I used the darker tones for the flowers in the rear, keeping the lighter glass for the flowers in the foreground. It’s best to try and create the composition in layers I find. For example, background, centre-ground and foreground. This would be a simple way of looking at it. This adds depth and perspective to the picture and engages the viewer. The design took me a day to produce which is pretty good for me.

Moody Iris PDF Pattern
©David Kennedy 2016

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Stained Glass Pattern Information


Downloadable PDF pattern prints actual size 36 inch x 14 inch, ( 916 mm x 356 mm ) across eight pages. Instructions provided for enlarging the pattern to your required size when printing. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to print this pattern.

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Clematis Stained Glass Pattern

Clematis Stained Glass Pattern


Introduction


At 38.25″ x 18.75″ (972mm x 476mm) this Clematis Stained Glass Pattern is ideal for a larger panel or window. The glass used for the flowers came from a single sheet of Youghiogheny Stipple Glass. The blend of colors throughout the sheet was so stunning that I wanted to capture the effect in a single panel. The upper background glass is a pink and white fracture and streamer glass. This complements the flowers and keeps them in the foreground. I have to confess here that I did not have enough of this glass to do all the background. So I came up with the idea of adding some ripple effect water glass for the lower background. The simple leaves pull the composition together and I was very pleased with the end result.

Clematis Stained Glass Pattern
©David Kennedy 2016

Stained Glass Pattern Information


Downloadable PDF pattern prints actual size 38.25-inch x 18.75-inch, ( 972 mm x 476 mm ) across ten pages. Instructions provided for enlarging the pattern to your required size when printing. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to print this pattern.

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Clann Credo

Clann Credo


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. They provide loans to community groups, charities and local enterprises. This enables them to achieve their social and economic potential on terms and conditions that would not be available to them commercially.

Clann Credo logo

Introduction

The story of this piece began with an approach by the CEO Mr Paul O’Sullivan. He wanted to create a panel based on their logo for Sister Magdalen Fogarty, one of the founder members. This was to be as a presentation on the upcoming occasion of her retirement from the board of directors. The panel was to be small enough to hang in a window and framed in wood. The CEO had an idea of re-creating the Clann Credo logo as Sister Magdalen was a big stained glass fan. This would combine two things that were very close to her heart.

First pattern draft

This is the first draft of the pattern I drew up. The ellipse part with the colors was straightforward enough but I wasn’t sure at this stage of the size of the lettering and how it would work within the space.

 Cut and leaded

We agreed on the idea and then I made the templates and proceeded to cut out the glass. Lead came forms the outside of the panel as this works much better with the design. I have settled on copper foil for the lettering as it is very intricate and would look better with a finer line.

Clann Credo with lettering foiled

Here is the panel with the letters wrapped in copper foil ready to be soldered. You can see the difference between the thickness of the foil as opposed to the lead lines.

Clann Credo framedSoldering complete, cleaned polished and framed with reclaimed pitch pine. The finished size is 400mm x 520mm.


The Presentation by President of Ireland Michael D Higgins to Sister Magdalen Fogarty at Dublin Castle.

Presentation

For more information on the excellent work of Clann Credo: https://www.clanncredo.ie/

Apple Blossom Panel

Apple Blossom Panel


This Apple Blossom Panel has been sitting on my workbench for the past two months. As you can see from this picture I have all the pieces cut out ready for foiling and soldering. The next step I take at this stage is to place the cut pieces on a light-box. I am pretty confident in myself that it will look good when complete. But its always worth a preview if possible.

Apple Blossom All Cut

 

Here it is on the light-box and now you can see the fractures in the background glass. I have positioned this on the right-hand side in the two largest pieces. This is to create some interest and add to the composition, balancing the flowers on the left.

Apple Blossom Light-box

Happy enough with the way things are looking on the lightbox I have now completed foiling and soldering. The panel is flat soldered first on the front side, the panel is then turned over and process repeated on the rear. The outer lead “U” came is then fitted, final bead soldering takes place next before attaching hooks.

 

Apple Blossom Front

 

This is the rear of the panel with the fractures in the background glass clearly visible. These are small fragments of glass embedded in the surface of the sheet. When viewed from the front they create shadows and a fragmented light, adding atmosphere to the subject. This glass is made by Uroboros, code 10-55 Cobalt Blue, White and Green,

Apple Blossom Back

 

Completed Apple Blossom Panel with chain attached and hanging in front of a window. Its only now that the effect of the background fractures are visible. The ring mottles in the flower petals also add shadows and light variations to the piece.

Apple Blossom Window Light

© David Kennedy 2016. The pattern for this panel is now available to purchase in the pattern store as a PDF download

Scene with irises

Scene with Irises


Effort number three in my ” Tiny Tiffany” series Scene with Irises. This time I am using irises which work so well in stained glass. The panel is 12 inch in diameter but could be re-sized larger if required. I am curious about these small panels to see how a landscape works in such a small space.

Scene with Irises

I look at this panel as having five layers. The sky is farthest back, then the mountains followed by the water. The light green glass makes up the foreground placing the flowers right at the front. I find this is a good method to use in stained glass as it helps get perspective into the picture.

Scene with Irises close up

By putting the flowers in the front of the scene I was able to make them larger. This helped as I needed to get some small pieces of yellow in to light them up a bit. It was a bit of a challenge but like to think I managed it ok. I find using the water glass adds another dimension even though the piece is so small. It underlines the mountains and brings your eye into the foreground.

Scene with Irises on stand

Here is the finished panel placed in a window on crescent stand. These are available here

As you can see from the above picture I have also soldered two round eyelets onto the edging came for attaching a chain.

Stained Glass Pattern Information


The pattern for this piece is available in the pattern store as a PDF file. The original panel size is 12 inches which can be scaled up using the printing instructions included in the PDF download.

Downloadable PDF pattern prints actual size 12-inch diameter, ( 305 mm x 305 mm ) across four pages. Instructions are provided for enlarging the pattern to your required size when printing. You will need Adobe Acrobat Reader to print this pattern.

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Tiny Tiffany Two

Tiny Tiffany Two


12″ Diameter Tiny Tiffany Two. This time I have sorted out some glass pieces that I would like to use. These would be offcuts that I have left over after previous commissions. I’ve gone for a clematis design this time, the same size as the previous Scene with Poppies post.Tiny Tiffany Two 12" round stained glass panel with pink clematis flowers on a blue and purple background, with green leaves

About The Panel


There are three different glasses in the background. Blue, purple and a small piece of grey glass which has fractures on the reverse side. These are small flakes of glass fused into the surface creating shadows. I have arranged for the flowers to flow down through the panel and act as a bridge between these colors. The small leaves are an ideal way to introduce some green into the composition and balance the other colors. Bearing in mind this is only 12″ in diameter I have tried to create the feeling of a much larger panel.

Tiny Tiffany Two Flowers, close up of the pink flowers on blue and purple background.
Tiny Tiffany Two Flowers

Conclusion


I have been working with glass for close to forty years and as a medium, it has no equal. Drawing and painting are very much two dimensional but with glass, you get to work with the light. Of course, it’s quite unforgiving as well so you have to be very precise with everything. Having made two of these Tiny Tiffany panels now I find it amazing how much detail I can get into them. The moral is that it’s always worth trying something new, learning for me is the real essence of life. We forget what we actually know because were only interested in learning what we don’t know.

clematis close up
Tiny Tiffany Two Background

Scene with Poppies

Scene with Poppies


This is my 12″ diameter Scene With Poppies panel. There is a bit of a story behind the creation of this piece which I will share with you here. My dear sister, who has since passed away bought me a ” Tiffany Calendar ” as a present for Christmas. This featured various stunning stained glass panels, lampshades and scenes. Some of these were on a grand scale which got me thinking about what I could fit into a small panel. The calendar was after all quite small but the illustrations still looked stunning.

Scene with Poppies
Scene with Poppies

When using art glass you end up with lots of different pieces of odd glasses that you don’t want to dispose of. After a while, these start to mount up and take up space so this was a way of putting them to good use. A win, win for me if you like so I took up my pencil and started to sketch.

Scene with Poppies close up of the 12" round stained glass panel, water glass , poppies and mountains in the background
Scene with Poppies close up

I have taken my inspiration from a scene on my calendar. 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. I can’t include too much detail so I have concentrated on the shapes and kept them simple. What I have made sure to do is keep all the elements of a landscape picture. Background, sky, foreground with the flowers, the tree framing the left side and the water

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