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Stevens Panel - Fused Glass in Four SectionsStevens Panel, 2003. 52cm x 66cm
Fused glass in four sections

This is the sample panel that I produced for the Worshipful Company of Glaziers and Painters of Glass national Stevens Competition in 2003 for which I won first prize. Every competition is based upon a specific commission for a piece of architectural glass. In 2003, the brief was for four sash windows for a Chapel of Rest in a Funeral Directors which was run from a 150 year old cottage in Sussex. The design had to be non-denominational, peaceful and yet uplifting, and had to take the existing window structure into account.

I chose to create a design that would evoke an atmosphere of protection, calm and peacefulness where people could be free to contemplate without interruption from the outside world. The key uplifting element is characterised by the yellow area which represents a portal to the dimension of spirit and contains a feather fused inside the glass. The feather, with its possibility of flight, represents a means of accessing another dimension and is therefore a metaphor for the transition of the spirit from life to death.

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