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Harry Clarke

HARRY CLARKE STAINED GLASS: A MOST INSPIRING VISIT
A Guest Blog Article by Daniel Burke of Lightworks Stained Glass
I was recently very fortunate enough to spend an afternoon viewing and photographing a set of seven original Harry Clarke stained glass windows situated within the Sanctuary of St. Oswald & St. Edmunds RC Church, Ashton-in-Makerfield, near Wigan.
The windows are beautifully drawn and display many of Clarke’s trademark visual qualities including the slender, otherworldly figures with their large expressive eyes, almost graphic use of lead as design and his masterful control of paint through which the late afternoon sunlight lent the “slab” glass a true jewel-like appearance. This particular set was completely in 1930 shortly before Clarke’s untimely death at the age of just 41. They remain a fantastic legacy and stunning example of ecclesiastic stained glass; one I could not recommend visiting highly enough to anyone with even a remote interest in the craft.
Harry Clarke was a Dublin based artist who remains widely regarded as one of THE greatest stained glass designers and producers of the 20th Century. A leading contributor to the Irish arts & crafts movement, he was also credited with helping to confirm Irelands status as one of the worlds centres of excellence in the craft during the early 1900’s.
Daniel Burke is a practising stained glass artist based at Lightworks Stained Glass, Clitheroe, Lancashire, UK.

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CGS Northern Group – World of Glass, St Helens Visit

Over 25 enthusiastic artists attended the latest CGS Northern meeting at St Helens World of Glass. The heat from the furnace and watching master glass workers Sarah and Karen grow a vase from gather to finished piece was hypnotic. After blowing, adding colour, spinning, shaping and adding a base we were all amazed by their skills. After a delicious lunch in the Kaleidoscope riverside café, the meeting revealed many exhibitions and opportunities to sell glass.

A big thank you to Geoff Hall for organising the venue and to Sarah and Karen who patiently answered all of our stupid questions!

Next CGS Northern Group will meet at John Ditchfield Master Glassblower Studios on 7th June 2013.

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CGS Northern Group meeting 21.09.12

Thanks to all those who came to the CGS Northern Group meeting at Manchester’s Victoria Baths last Friday. The group was shown the ongoing restoration project which included a history and stained glass tour followed by the most important activity… CAKE!!!

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Visit us in LIVERPOOL

For those of you who have never had the chance to come and visit our LIVERPOOL Factory we thought we would upload some pictures to entice you- opening hours -

Mon-Thur 8am – 4.15pm
Fri 8am to 3pm

A view most of you are familiar with - Small, medium and large

Round ..and Flat

Aisle 3

see you soon.

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Intermediate Leadlight Course

Pictures from our recent Intermediate Leadlight Course on May 25th – for £85+vat the pupils were delighted and blown away with all they learnt on the day.  The pictures also show our warehouse bathed in glorious light the weather was fabulous that day.

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BSMGP Discussion Day – Lamberts Glass production pictures

The BSMGP discussion day was well attended last week. Over 100 people heard enlightening speeches on glass throughout the ages, the past present and future of stained glass, traditional and contemporary architectural applications, working across Europe and training and opportunities for the next generation.

Speakers included Derek Hunt FMGP at Limelight Studios, Helen Robinson AMGP (Oriel Glass Studio), Steve Clare from Holywell Glass, Tony Benyon and Robert Christ from Lamberts  Glass. Finally the group was bored by a short discussion from our own Robert Beaver based at our very own Liverpool depot. We look forward to working more closely with everyone in the future.

Thanks to Robert Christ at Lamberts Glass for the production pictures.

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Venetian Architecture

I was fortunate to visit Italy last week with my family and was blown away by the architecture.

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New Jubilee Window

Robert from our stained glass department was invited to see the Diamond Jubilee Window in Westminster Hall. It comprises 1,500 pieces of glass and will be installed later this year as a gift from all members of parliament. British artist John Reyntiens, who created the window working with a team of experienced draftsmen, painters and technicians, said project was a collaborative one.

“I kind of felt like a ringmaster surrounded by people doing stuff I wanted them to do,” he said.

The window will remain on display until it is installed in the three central panels of the north window in Westminster Hall during planned restoration work starting later this year.

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The Wheels on the truck go….

Last year we bought 5 new Vans but this year we have outdone ourselves..Isn’t she pretty!

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Spring Course Dates Reminder

Filling fast -book your place now in the online shop >>>

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