|All Saints', Huntsville Ontario|
The past year has been a combination of returning to my roots and venturing into new territory.My relationship with glass began as a hobby in the 1970’s, but quickly became a passion that has lasted almost 40 years. I built over 100 stained glass windows for clients, primarily in Toronto, but after I started fusing glass, my stained glass projects became fewer. Then in Autumn 2017, I was given the opportunity to design and build 2 memorial windows for a new addition to All Saints’ Anglican Church, Huntsville.
|19th century Eucharist window|
I regarded my first ecclesiastic commission to be both an honour and a great responsibility. My job was to create windows for Huntsville’s oldest church, a beautiful stone building in the heart of town and an important part of Huntsville’s cultural heritage.I would be making a 21st century contribution to a church that was built in the 19th century and contained windows from the 19th and 20th centuries. I saw the task as multifaceted: the windows should be rooted in scripture, integrate Christian symbolism, sit in harmony with 2 existing windows in the same space, honour the families sponsoring the windows, and carry a message of, and for, our time. Every element of the designs must be there for a reason. All this in addition to practical considerations of light and orientation, which are always present when designing glass.
It was a complex creative and spiritual challenge that lasted several months. Once designed, I took my time with the physical process of building the windows. I enjoyed the focused process of decision making, cutting, leading, soldering and finishing the windows, using those centuries-old processes learned decades earlier. It felt like this was what I had been preparing for four decades.
|As glass is cut, it is "waxed up" on a glass easel to see the colours in natural light.|
|The rainbows were made from fused glass|
|Lead joints are soldered and putty forced into the gaps|
On All Saints’ Day, Sunday November 4, 2018, the windows were finally blessed and dedicated in a special ceremony. I am humbled by the appreciation of the sponsoring families, rector, congregation, and of my family and friends. I am especially grateful for having experienced God’s grace, working through me.
|Me, Ven. Dawn Henderson, Peggy Hern and Brian Hern|
|Let Your Light Shine, in memory of the Hern family|
|He is the Vine, in memory of the Nickalls family|