Recent Stained Glass Course
We’ve been very busy with a series of stained glass courses and completing some private stained glass commissions, so this long overdue post summarises some of the beautiful works our students have made.
Most of these students visited us for an intensive and residential course, some for one week some for longer. Intensive stained glass courses are good for some students because they can focus on a project they have in mind. Other students choose them because they want to dedicate a week of their vacation to learn a new skill.
Raffaella’s second course
Raffaella is my youngest student, when she enrolled on her first course, she was the same age as me when I started working with glass. During her first course she learned the basics of leaded stained glass, this time she came back for a course in painting on stained glass.
Raffaella is very patience and showed complete committment to finishing her work
The Emperor Hadrian
Juan Martin Del Campo is a big fan of the emperor Hadrian, he has studied Hadrian’s life and it was on a visit to Palazzo Massimo in Rome and Hadrian’s Villa (Villa Adriana) outside Rome, that he got inspiration for the subject and decoration for his panel: a stained glass depicting Emperor Hadrian.
Juan Martin Del Campo is already a stained glass artist who works and lives in Los Angeles, where he produced works using the Tiffany (copper foil) technique. While on a trip to Italy from America, he decided to turn his vacation into an artsholidaycame to us to learn the technique of leaded stained glass and glass painting.
His work depicts the Emperor Hadrian and was inspired by a bust ofthe Emperor which is in the museum of Palazzo Massimo in Rome. The mosaic motif painted on the corners of the panel are the same as Juan photographed at Hadrian’s Villa.
Madonna in stained glass
When Priscilla told me that she wanted to make a stained glass window with Madonna I immediately thought she was talking about the Virgin Mary. Actually it was the singer that she wanted to immortalise in stained glass.
Priscilla is crazy about her, and I also have to confess to being a big fan too. Priscilla had already sketched out some ideas of ways to portray her, but she settled on Madonna on the cover of Vogue magazine, with an Art Nouveu theme, in the style of Mucha.
The Faun Lorenzo
One of the most challenging and successful works of art to come from our latest stained glass courses is the Faun made by Lorenzo. Lorenzo enrolled on a weekly stained glass course, attending the studio religiously, and producing a window that challenged and exercised all of the skills used in making and painting stained glass. This leaded and painted stained glass window is inspired by the poster designed by Léon Bakst for the ballet L’Apres-midi d’un faune which debuted in Paris in 1912. Unlike the original, in Lorenzo’s the faun is represented sitting on a tree on a lake shore.
The Mexican style of Ana
Ana was our second student from Uruguay. Although I will be teaching a course over there in January next year, she was eager to get a head start.
Ana is a professor of Spanish at the University of Montevideo and as a hobby works making stained glass. She has worked with fusion glass and Tiffany(copper foil) technique. Ana came to us for a leaded and painted stained glass course. Ana wanted to create a panel representing the moon in a distinctly Mexican style. Ana, who was almost never without her cup of mate (pronounced mah-tay) showed talent with glass cutting and colours, and she finished her work, in time, to go and spend a week touring Italy with her partner.
Monica’s experimental stained glass window
Monica comes from Milan, and works for a not-for-profit organisation dealing with distance adoptions in Africa and South America. Until now, the glass courses she had attended in Milan were weekly courses that lasted a few hours, she wanted to see what she could achieve in a week.
Monica wanted to branch out too and try leaded stained stained glass and glass painting after already mastered working with classic styles using the Tiffany (copper foil) technique. The work she produced is a modern panel with a prevalence of yellow glass, inserts of bull’s eyes (the term for the round pieces of glass) and painted sections with birds and patterns.
Under the Sea with Ewa
Ewa is from Poland, having lived in Ireland for a few years, she moved over to Rome with her husband. Stained glass windows have always fascinated her and she decided to sign up for her first course.
Ewa was a quick learner and became very productive. She worked so quickly and so accurately that she was able to produce four panels of leaded stained glass with some glass painting too. These panels were small in size and composed of small pieces of glass, they show a marine scene with sea horses and coloured fish.
Memorable Moments and Wonderful Work
My thanks to all these students for not only being good company and helping make the free time we spent together fun and memorable, as well as being up for visiting some of the wonderful sites that the studio is located close to, they also produced works of art that they can only be proud of. We look forward to welcoming them back soon.
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