Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Glassy-Eyed

Tomorrow Fellow Traveler and I begin a new household venture: We are going to learn to make stained glass.

This is something FT has wanted to do for a long, long time, for creative and therapeutic reasons alike. I've always loved stained glass -- my 60's-era childhood coincided with the great hippie renaissance of stained glass, and I remember wanting to live in an old house with stained glass door and transom panels, and today I am a great admirer of classic stained glass designers like Edward Burne-Jones and William Comfort Tiffany -- but until now I never imagined attempting to create stained glass artwork myself. Between my perfectionistic deer-in-headlights response to new challenges and my tendency toward klutziness, I probably wouldn't have chosen a hobby involving rulers, sharp objects and a soldering iron; but I am trying to stretch out my comfort zone, if only because I want to live with the beautiful things I can create if I learn how to do this well.

We recently kitted ourselves out with the requisite tools, and tomorrow we are going to our first class in Bay City, where we learn how to use said tools, and how to handle glass without severing an artery; we'll also pick a simple design for a first project. (Not the lovely stained glass you see here, which is part of a window in the Liverpool Cathedral; hat tip to someone named Tim Rutledge, whose photo popped up when I did a Google search.)

6 comments:

Tom in Ontario said...

My oldest daughter, when she was in the 6th or 7th grade, did an art unit on stained glass and made some impressive projects. I've often thought about doing or learning stained glass art.

I did once see a different kind of stained glass work where they cut out transparent adhesive film and stuck them to glass. It looked awesome and unless you looked closely and even touched it you wouldn't know, except for the absence of the lead joints.

Joan of Quark said...

Go for it - I think the fact I still have all my fingers is a testimony to God looking out for careless artists or something. A friend, on asking me what the etching process involved: "What, they let YOU near an acid bath?!"

Songbird said...

How exciting! I hope you enjoy it.

Verdugo said...

I've been meaning to take such a class ever since I went to the glass museum/studio in Seattle. I also love fused glass and blown glass. Have a wonderful adventure and be sure and post photos!

Processing Counselor said...

Cool. Looks like fun. I wish I had the space for a project like this.

fleur de lys said...

What a great project!

Stained glass really is a beautiful thing... all this light, the colors that look like song made visible...

Good luck and lots of inspiration.

And speaking about the latter, I was awestruck by this church in France (http://fffleur-de-lys.blogspot.com/2009/06/architektur-architecture_15.html)...

smiles,
Franziska