Enjoyed this lecture at the Arnolfini building from one of the UK’s leading Stainglass artists.
My lecture notes and some images by Denny are below, enjoy!
– Taught in university (Edinburgh) by doing rather than talking.
– Painting as a fundamental to stain glass… Design, colour, drawing etc.
– Difference is painting embodies all elements, stain glass has more constraints.
– Durham Cathedral- visit.
– Bringing together of a story.
– Absorb the abstract elements before looking at the themes.
– Acid etching, painting and staining are among some of the techniques used.
– Colour relating to the surrounding building/ setting.
– Medieval stain glass- series add up to a larger story.
– Many elements connecting.
– Start with sheets of glass (Lambert’s- Bavaria)
– Cut line- pre drawing.
– Use of colour coding to work out acid etching.
– Burn through glass using acid to dilute colours.
– After acid etching you get a clumsy/ blurred version of final thing.
– Transferring written words to images (illustration?)
– Leads (supporting pieces) don’t dominate the image.
– Combining layers of glass changes and adds colour.
– Colour theory.
– Make colour happen then add drawing later.
– Commission based work, Large and small scale.
– Triptych and diptych based, with the separation of Windows.
– Focus on image as a whole and small details.
– Viewer to explore and ponder small details.
– Useful but non valuable pre drawings.
– Often in remote and obscure places.
– Building a story or a narrative often relating to locality.
– Very much abstract until you look closer. Mass of colour.
– Pigment and gum Arabic as pre colour (opaque).