The Centenary of the British Society of Master Glass Painters is in 2021. We are inviting all Members to create an exhibition panel, or series of panels, for the online exhibition below. Each panel should be made so it can fit in a frame 30cm x 30cm. There is no theme and no restriction on techniques or materials, provided glass is involved. Entry for the virtual exhibition is free for Members and all work should be new, created specially for the centenary year.
Apart from the virtual exhibition, we are also in discussion with the National Waterfront Museum in Swansea, The Stained Glass Museum in Ely, The Ruskin Centre in Stourbridge and several other venues including Cathedrals for a touring exhibition during 2021-22. There will be a hanging fee for any work selected for our flagship exhibitions. More details will follow.
The deadline for entry has been extended to the spring. All entries should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by 31st March 2021 and should be at least 150mm x 150mm and 300 dpi. Accompanying text should include, in this order, Name, Title, Media/Techniques, and up to 40 words about the inspiration for the work. We look forward to receiving your entries.
Kate Henderson AMGP ‘Unite’. Stained glass leaded panel with textured glass, silver stain and acrylic paint. ‘My aim was to make a painterly piece which “united” fragments of glass; from Norman Slab to Bullseye glass using old and new processes to reflect the diversity of stained glass in the 21st Century.’
Claire Cornish 'Winter Geese' Stained glass (painted and leaded mouthblown Polish glass) 'Inspired by the geese which fly in great skeins over the house every autumn and spring on their way to and from Morecambe Bay.'
Michael Vincent ‘All For Our Tomorrow’. Acid etch, Reusche glass paint, silver stain, leaded antique glass. ‘For all the human and animal sacrifice who gave their today for our tomorrow.’
Natasha Redina ‘The Alchemist’. Stained glass painting. ‘The theme is transmutation and the interwoven historical roots of glasswork and alchemy. The images were inspired by three pieces, the woodcut of glass workshops by Jost Amman (Frankfurt 1586), The Flammarion wood engraving and the oil painting of 'An old man holding a pilgrim bottle' in the National Gallery London (circa 1650's) both by unknown artists.
Annie Ross ‘Ships Passing in the Night’. Etched, fused and leaded flashed antique glass.
Pippa Stacey ‘Nest of Hope - 23 Eggs’. Glass gilded with gold, lemon gold and white gold. 'My love of feathers, eggs and nests prompted me to investigate that over the last 100 years there have been 23 species of British birds which have either been reintroduced, in recovery or under threat. I have chosen to document this in my gilded panel.'
Refia Sacks - Silverglass Studios ‘Memories of Akmene’. Etched, painted and stained glass. ‘Akmene is a small town in Lithuania with a museum known for its impressive butterfly collection. It is also the town where my great-grandmother lived and died, escaping the holocaust by dying in her 90s just before it began. All her children left - or I would not have been here to make this panel!‘
Sophie D'Souza ‘Many Happy Returns’. Double layer glass with 6mm deep heart lead throughout. Sandblasted, flashed glass, painting. ‘Although there was no theme to this exhibition, with it being in celebration of the BSMGP centenary, birthdays came to mind. When using tallow I am always reminded of our craft's link to the past.’
Surinder Warboys 'Palimpsest'. Antique glass, paint and silver chloride, diaper technique, staining, firing and plating. 'The panel evolved out of thoughts on climate change and coming across an article in which the elephant was referred to as an Environmental Engineer.'
Annie Ross ‘Passing Ships in the Night’. Etched, fused and leaded flashed St Just glass. ‘The theme is abstract, but alludes to both boat shapes and the intersection of two overlapping circles in the Vesica Pisces.’
Phillipa Farrell-Fowler ‘In Search of the Worm’ Traditionally painted, enamelled and leaded glass. ‘Inspired by the myths and legends of the rugged Welsh landscape and the poetry of the glass as it sings in its own unique language.’
Benjamin Pascal Finn 'Peter’s vision Acts 10:11'. Mainly Wissmach glass, glass paint and silver stain. 'Peter’s vision on the roof of a house near Joppa of ‘unclean’ animals descending accompanied by a voice saying ‘what God hath made clean call not thou unclean’.'
Helen Russell ‘Pond life’. Stained glass panel using English Antique and Lamberts flashed glass, engraved, painted, silver stained and leaded. 'This panel was inspired by my country walks during lockdown in 2020 and the lifecycle of creatures that live in or near our streams and ponds. Their lives continued oblivious to the interruptions to our world.'
Emma Butler-Cole Aiken 'Reel'. Painted and leaded glass. 'You know that social distancing is getting to you when you look at some trees and imagine them dancing at a ceilidh. Longing for what will again be but far from possible at the time of making.'
21 September 2020Reconnecting to the source of one’s inspiration
Andrew Taylor FMGP, a glass artist living in Devizes, Wiltshire, will present an illustrated...