Stained glass door, transoms and fanlights. Private commission.
Since Linda founded The Glasshouse in 1990, she has completed a succession of striking stained glass commissions using a
mixture of traditional methods and contemporary designs.
Below are details of the windows in the Clew Bay Hotel, Westport
Working with artist and illustrator, Pamela Gray, Linda produced a series of 8 large windows during a frantic summer
when the hotel was being renovated. They used a novel method of incorporating fused (melted in a kiln) glass pieces
assembled with the traditional stained glass methods.
Also each window has a tiny wire figure, or two, hidden in each panel for children to search for. The last window in the
series, which is in the restaurant area, has two tiny figures; one jubilant; one bent over with exhaustion!
These contemporary windows still remain a talking point for locals and visitors alike.
Unlike church windows, which are usually illuminated by the sky behind them, non-celestial glass usually has something
interrupting the light which makes them phenomenally hard to photograph!
The Oratory, Castlebar General Hospital, Co. Mayo.
The Oratory is used by everyone as a place of quiet reflection and prayer. When Linda was
approached by the hospital priest to create a piece that would reflect this, she interpreted the brief
as 'solemn but not secular’. The challenge was to express that in colour and shape in one long
thin horizontal piece and one long thin vertical piece. Not an easy task. Working again with
Pamela Gray, you can see the result to the left.
What you do not see is the re-designs required to make the horizontal piece shown below, behind
Linda and Pamela, work effectively alongside the vertical design; it looked fine on paper but just
did not work in reality. The piece shown in the photograph had been remade and replaced twice
before the artists were satisfied with it. It just goes to show, you never know what goes on behind
the scenes during an installation!
Further below is an example of a private commission; a more traditional design in leaded glass.
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