The brief was to depict the stoning of St Stephen at the city gates. He was the first Christian martyr and experienced a vision of the opening gates heavens as he was being stoned to death. Saul of Tarsus, l now known as St Paul the, Apostle, can be seen standing in the background holding the coats of the stoners.
The Church has very fine windows, some by Edward Burne Jones and those in the South Wall are likely to be by Clayton and Bell of London (date circa 1880)
The brief was to design a window to reflect our modern time of the Millennium, to stand in contrast to all the existing figures, but which would fit comfortably in the tradition of stained glass and alongside the existing glass.
I have kept the images to a simple form – in the left hand is a rising pillar of flame and this contrasts with the image on the right, a blue flow of water cascading from an earthenware vessel. For a while I felt that something more might be added but after some thought and experiments came to the conclusion that the existing images would be best left with very little alteration in order to create the necessary impact.
The windows would be made from antique, streaky and flashed glass, using traditional techniques of acid etching, fired vitreous paint and silver stain to achieve the desired effects
The brief was to depict something of the history and life at Seend, in terms of Its past and present, including the importance of its agricultural setting and way of life.
The right hand light shows the woolen and weaving industry which played a part in the early growth and development of the village. Many of the big houses were built on the wealth of the weaving trade. The lancet shows the weavers cottages, with images of working at burling (cloth shearing) and weaving shown below.
The left hand light shows the other industrial side of Seend. Iron ore mining and the blast furnaces for the smelting process which took place adjacent the village for a period. Remarkably the three fifty foot towers of the blast furnaces and other industrial type buildings are now completely gone, leaving hardly any trace of their existance. The canal was built primarily to transport raw materials too and from the area. Now it exists mainly as a leisure facility and yet is a reminder of these former times of which perhaps few people are aware.
The central lancet celebrates the rural and agricultural way of life. Corn grows at the waters edge and above the corn, sheep are resting and cattle graze higher up. Behind them the farm environment can be seen. A cross is placed in the sky and above are the words “In the Cross of Christ I Glory”. Finally ‘A.D. 2000’ is placed at the base, blending into the blue colours of the water. Water flows through the base of the window, linking the three lights. This could suggest the idea of the ‘River of Life’ and the continuity of God’s gifts through the passage of time.
Lady Chapel, Wroughton, Nr. Swindon Wiltshire.
Wroughton Catholic Church has a three light “Baptism of Christ” window they commissioned me to do in 2004, but in 2014 they contacted me again requesting a Walsingham Madonna.
However they already had a ceramic sculpture of the traditional Catholic Walsingham image over the altar in the Lady Chapel, so they wanted a more symbolic ‘Lily’, but with a small Walsingham Madonna included above. They gave me a diagram of their imagined layout so it became a matter of interpretation for me.
After researching various depictions of the subject I decided to do the Madonna taking an Icon style approach, but setting her in a Saxon style throne and set the large Lily below against a contrasting background of vibrant reds, all painted quite heavily to set them back against the green foliage.
Depicted are the figures of Christ and John the Baptist standing in a pool and in the background is water, some falling from above as from a waterfall. Some plant-life foliage and fruit are suggested to give an impression of bountiful richness in an oasis setting of the desert. The Dove of the Holy Ghost, emanating light, is in the center above the figures. The style of draftsmanship has been exercised in quite a free manner.
The traditional techniques of fired vitreous paint and silver stain for yellows, combined with acid etching was used to create image and it was leaded in the conventional way but using lead calm of different thickness to emphasise some of the lines.
A new Millennium West Window at Donhead St Andrew’s Church
The brief was to design a window to reflect our modern time of the Millennium, to stand in contrast to the existing glass, but which would also fit the tradition of stained glass and stand comfortably alongside the present glass.
The theme’s suggested were the Pentecost and Holy Spirit.
Window about the life of John Wesley. Installed in the modern extension of the New Room, the first Methodist Chapel, Bristol.