Calligraphy on Glass

This week we had a visit from Kathryn Campbell, an artist based in Carmarthenshire who trained as a calligrapher. We have been searching for a calligrapher who can work with us to incorporate the beautiful couplets written by Damian Walford Davies in the windows. Kathryn is an artist I have known about for a while but had no idea she was a talented calligrapher, and, what’s more she is excited about our work and able to fit in to our tight deadline! Incorporating the poems in the windows needs careful thought and we have gone through a number of options and approaches, finally we decided we need to commission a calligrapher in order to do the work, and the poems, justice.

The painting is coming along well, we need to get all the glass painted and delivered to Swansea in a fortnight’s time for leading in order to comply with our installation date of March 8th.

I took a day in the week to work with Sarah Harman on our Rosebush Quarry project “Canu’r Oer Wynt”. This is a project I began in the autumn supported by a research and development grant from Arts Council Wales. I have been researching in archives, interviewing local people and experimenting with some glass ideas in my kiln, but since November the project has taken a back seat because of the Conwy commission. Sarah is a singer/songwriter and talented choir leader who is planning to write a suit of songs based on the history of the quarry, together we interviewed local people who remember the railway in Rosebush when it was operational, Peter Claughton, an industrial archaeologist and Geraint Harries, a friend and local man who works for The Pembrokeshire National Park Authority. We recorded the interviews to form the basis of our research for our project and discussed our ideas and plans. It was good to get back into this project.

Recording an interview with Peter Claughton in Rosebush Quarry.

Welsh Glass and Song!

Detail of Victorian window currently being restored at The Welsh School of Architectural Glass in Swansea

I had a great day in Swansea today at a forum on Welsh stained glass at the welsh School of Architectural Glass.

I enjoyed finding out about the history of glass painting in Wales, and it was great to see the fabulous windows in St. Marys Church in Swansea.

Window by John Piper in St. Mary`s Church, Swansea

The Piper windows are amazing, and the Millenium window by Martin Donlin fills the church with a breathtaking light. Lisa Burkl and Rodney Bender were inspirational in talking about their work, well worth a visit.

Martin Donlin`s window in St. Mary`s Church, Swansea

Right now I am at Ceridwen Centre at Drefach Felindre for a harmony singing weekend on a weaving theme with Sarah Harman. There are places if you want a good day singing tomorrow. Sarah says men with bass voices can come for free!