To celebrate the Centenary of the British Society of Master Glass Painters this year, we are inviting all Members to create an exhibition panel for the online exhibition below.

We have been delighted with the entries so far with many interesting and varied responses to our Centenary year. Due to difficulties in accessing studios and materials during Lockdown we have decided to keep the online exhibition open for submissions until the end of the year. We hope that all our Members who create work will contribute so we have a snapshot of stained glass in 2021. We welcome new Members and you can join here (£45 a year or £30 concession).

Each panel should be 30cm x 30cm (outside size). 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.

We are hoping that some of the panels will form a touring exhibition during 2021-22. Venues include the Stained Glass Museum in Ely, Winchester Cathedral, the National Waterfront Museum in Swansea, the Ruskin Centre in Stourbridge and possibly other venues. There will be a hanging fee for any work selected for our flagship exhibitions. We will provide frames and light-boxes for the duration of the exhibition. Selection for the touring exhibitions will take place in the summer. More details will follow.

Send your high-resolution image to portfolio@bsmgp.org.uk by 31st December 2021. 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.

Sasha Ward 'Tessellation'
Transparent enamel on float glass. 'A panel I made to show the delights of painted colour and then, to make it more intriguing, turned into a tessellating tile.'
Alan Davis FMGP 'Stars Are People Too'
Painted float glass, plated with acid etched flashed glass. 'Inspired by the fact that everything at an atomic level is created from the birth and death of stars, including us.'
Catherine Day 'Chrysanthemums'
English Antique Glass, engraved painted, silver stained and leaded. 'My panel was inspired from a trip to the Gardens of Trewidden in Cornwall. The beauty of the yellow chrysanthemums against the contrast of the greenery and vibrant red butterflies.'
Julia Gonyou 'Howling for You'
Lead oxide and silver stain painted on float glass 'A lone wolf, howls a cry, a call, for all people to acknowledge our soulful and intellectual responsibilities to our natural environment and one another.'
Muna Zuberi '#metoo'
Glass applique with painted glass elements. 'My piece is a response to the ‘Me Too’ movement and questions attitudes to the female form. The figure is painted on EAG offcuts and surrounded by glass applique consisting of both antique glass and commercial textured clear glass.'
April Pebble 'Our Native Species'
Vitreous enamels, painted, engraved and leaded float glass. 'In the UK we have over 20,000 different types of insect. Unfortunately these numbers are still declining. By growing our own food, and sowing flowers we can recreate ecosystems that our insects flourish in; giving back both to nature and in turn ourselves.'
Janine Greenberg 'Crystal Ball'
Degussa painting Enamels on two layers of float glass, silver foil. ’Inspired by M.C. Escher. Gazing from the crystal ball, a longing for connection with friends and loved ones, engulfed by the tranquil woodlands of the surrounding area, my daily walk through the woods gave me relief and hope from the confining and difficult year of lockdown.’
Angela Steel 'Hail! Wandering Souls'
Vitreous enamel on various glass including English Antique. Leaded panel. 'This panel depicts an altered world, peopled by survivors. The characters, wandering souls, continue on through strength of their resilience.'
Zoe Angle (Angle Glass) 'Fireworks’
Stained glass leaded panel with enamels and silver stain. ‘For the Centenary I wanted to create a panel that embodies fun and celebration. Fireworks are associated with celebrations in many cultures. I look forward to being part of a crowd looking up in wonder at a sky full of colour and light.’
Dora McCormack ‘Potato No 15,230’
Painted, stained and leaded mouth-blown glass. 'The Potato, a humble symbol of timelessness, life and joy. A simple celebration of the everyday.'
Kate Henderson AMGP 'Yellow fragments'
Silver-stained glass fragments, which have either been acid etched, sandblasted, painted, or over fired. 'I confess that I am a bit of a hoarder and I enjoy keeping the left-over fragments from commissioned glass and exhibition panels. I see these details as mini pieces, little landscapes, or painterly abstracts. I love using silver stain and the variations of rich amber yellow colour that can be achieved on the glass.'
Ginger Ferrell AMGP 'Myah Receiving Wisdom'
Fused Bullseye glass, paint, enamel. 'This is from a collage I made recently without any intent and I thought it would translate into glass.'
Ruth Taylor Jacobson AMGP 'Joie de Vivre'
Antique Glass, painted, fired and leaded. 'Golden figures - inspired by Blake and Matisse - are dancing joyously, amidst symbols of Freedom. Curling waves of the sea, new leaves sprouting, and birds soaring in the air above. There is Light at the end of the dark tunnel of lockdown and fear, and Spring is bringing its hope for better times. Let us rejoice in Life while we can!'
Rachel Mulligan AMGP 'The Wine Lovers'
Abraded flashed glass and slab glass, painted and stained. 'During lockdown I have been dreaming of enjoying a glass of wine with my friends and family. I was inspired to make this stained glass panel by the beautiful colours of wine.'
Geraldine McSporran ‘The GRI Window’
Mixed glass, paints, enamels, silver stain, fused glass and screen printing. 'This panel is made up of samples from a window designed and made by the HND students at City of Glasgow College for the Incorporation of Masons which is in Glasgow Royal Infirmary.'
Siobhan Rimmer 'Believe in Magic'
Painted glass and lead. 'Inspired by the pandemic - here are some ways of getting through. For some, it's a magic rabbit; for others a bit of religious fervour.'
Geraldine McSporran ‘The Tyger’
Clear float with sandblasting, paints, enamels and silver stain. 'The last big exhibition I went to before covid took hold was the William Blake exhibition at Tate Britain. There have been some great online exhibitions in the last year but I really miss spending time in a gallery or museum.'
Maria Fagan ‘Nature is a language'
Fused and leaded Glass. 'Throughout the pandemic, many have found comfort in Nature’s beauty. The importance of our place within the Natural World and our treatment of the environment has never been more critical. Our positive reconnection to nature is my inspiration for this panel.'
Elizabeth Sinkova 'Lady Ocean'
Fused glass, hand painted with vitreous pigments, 'Inspired by the element of water and the recent documentary 'Seaspiracy'. The piece conveys an emotion set within an ethereal being – calm, yet concerned - responding to the alarming issues of marine welfare and increasingly worsening health of our ocean.'
Jude Alderman 'Breaking Wave'
Acid-etched and painted Lamberts glass. “For whatever we lose (like a you or a me), it's always our self we find in the sea.” e.e. cummings. 'This piece reflects my love of the sea and attempts to create dynamic energy and movement within the rigid medium of glass.'
Julia Gonyou 'Tangled Up in Blue - Made in Alliance with Shark Allies'
Lead oxide and enamel painted on float glass 'Ghost nets, bycatch and illegal fishing are major contributors to a 90% decline in worldwide shark populations. Recklessly, these nets entangle and destroy natural ecosystems and their inhabitants. Sharks are integral to healthy oceans and must be protected from unsustainable practices.'
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