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 30cm x 30cm (outside size). We will provide frames for the duration of the exhibition. 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. Contact email@example.com by the end of March if you intend to submit work and the deadline is now 30th April 2021. Images 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 here.
Click on the image to scroll through the panels, and there are more on the following pages.
Grace Ayson ‘Summer Stain’
Layered glass, hand painted with stains and a blue enamel. 'The memory and heat of summer 2020 - Isolation spent within the confines of a wild garden filled with sunflowers. Waiting for the sunbursts of warm bright colours against blue to repeat the show this summer, as tall flowers spring forth from the fallen seeds hibernating on winter ground.'
Michael Stokes AMGP ‘Night vision’
Painted and leaded antique stained glass,
Rockingham tracing and shading black plus
yellow enamel paint. ‘Inspired by a dream in lockdown, of a December night-time walk in the Peak District.’
Isobel Brunsdon 'The Cuckoo Trail'
Printed and Reusche and Debitus painted mouth blown glass. 'Walking in my beautiful home county of East Sussex was like an antidote to lockdown, as it was for many. Connecting with nature opens the mind and nurtures the spirit. This walk is at the bottom of the road where I live and work. It is a disused railway line that I walk daily. I constantly observe the passing seasons and the way it shapes the trail, the trees making tunnels harking back to its original use.'
James Cockerill ' A Day Out'
Sandblasted German and French antique flashed glass. 'A collage of images taken December 2nd 2020. A day out in London on the first day out of lockdown.'
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.’
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.’
Isobel Brunsdon 'The South Downs Way'
Printed and Reusche and Debitus painted mouth blown glass. ' I long to walk further afield on The South Downs Way, with far reaching views of vast rolling fields and gentle undulating curves. The larks always singing their joyous song far above.'
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.'
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.’
John Barzallo 'Walking Through the Woods'
150 year-old Clayton and Bell glass re-leaded. 'The glass has survived two fires at Charterhouse school. The figure reminds me of lockdown walks in the woods in Surrey.'
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!‘
James Cockerill 'Remember me please'
Multiple layers of screen printed and hand painted enamels and paints onto antique glass. 'From head hunting trips to the British museum, Museum of London, V&A, Herculaneum and the Sainsburys centre for visual arts.'
Tamsin Abbott 'Rewilding'
English Antique glass, Reusche Best Black, Dremel engraving. 'After a year of lockdowns, fear, continuing climate crisis and social inequalities I wanted to derive some hope from the fact that so many people have found solace in nature. After reading Isabella Tree’s book ‘Wilding’ and following many rewilding movements I have found a new hope for the future of our wildlife, climate and communities.'
Pippa Martin 'All Life Matters'
Single sheet of Antique mouth blown English Glass, traditionally painted and fired, back-stained and front-enamelled. Kiln-fired four times. 'Inspired by Women’s Day 8.3.2021.'
Rachel Phillips 'Window Parade'
Painted, stained and enamelled glass plated with various sandblasted and fired-polished antique glasses. 'This panel celebrates the relationship of stained glass with the window and its role in enlivening everything from the most humble to the grandest of environments. It's hard to imagine what our world would be like without stained glass? Duller for sure. The windows are presented in the manner of a go on a fruit machine- a frozen moment in what is a continuously evolving art form.'
Sally Pollitzer 'Caged cabbages’
Stained and painted Polish, German and English glass. 'This panel was inspired by the Bath allotments, an important factor in improving our lives during Lockdown. I have emphasised the cage of the cabbages, being a symbol as well as a design element.'
Nóra Nagyváradi 'East & West 1'
Painted and leaded antique glass.
Debitus and Reusche glass paint, silver stain, leaded antique glass. 'The simplicity of beauty reveals the attraction of opposites without words.
Beauty is diverse and complements each other well. It is a representation of the moment that has gone unnoticed and without a time limit over the past centuries.'
Min Edmonds ‘Unknown Pleasures’
Painted and stained glass. ‘This has been a very difficult year, but music, books and nature have helped me cope with the challenges. The lyrics of Isolation by Joy Division have never seemed more apt as the world has dealt with fear, self preservation and isolation.’
Marilia Carvalho '1500 Miles'
Etched, painted and leaded stained glass. 'The ever changing scenery of my long, daily walks inspired the making of this panel.'
Juliet Forrest 'Coral Holloway'
Fused Spectrum glass, Reusche glass paint and enamels. 'Coral reefs are an ecosystem in grave danger due to global warming. Despite their apparent remoteness to our everyday lives here, they are of huge importance to the health of ocean life. The divers remind us that humans are connected to this environment, and pique nostalgia for my diving days!'
John Corley AMGP 'The Stormy Sea'
Painted, stained and leaded ‘antique’ mouth-blown glass. 'My Lockdown walks along the Kent coast observing the power of the sea inspired me to paint a series of watercolours in my studio. From these paintings I developed the colour, movement and drama of the sea in this painted glass panel.'