Category: Art & Exhibitions

We’ve been busy here at Coriander Stained Glass and we’ve a couple of projects to share with you today.

First of all we have this simple design recently restored in a front door in Southfields, South West London.

Stained Glass Restoration

The smaller, feature windows make a simple design quite eye catching, accompanied with the textured glass.

Next we have this nine  panel window created for a home in Wimbledon, SW19

Edwardian Stained Glass

This piece is typically Edwardian with many of the defining features of the era; a flowing floral design over a background of clear obscure glass.  The main features have been picked out in stronger colours and different textures of glass have been used which are both also features of this era.

If you’re thinking of a stained glass design for your own home, head over to our stained glass portfolio page for more ideas and inspiration.

 

Becoming Picasso: Paris 1901

For all the art lovers out there, our pick for the Easter weekend is the Becoming Picasso exhibition at Somerset House’s Courtauld Gallery, until May 26th.

The exhibition documents a 19 year old Picasso’s move from Spain to Paris in 1901, and the work he prepared for his first exhibition in the city.

Although this exhibition does not hold any of the famous Picasso works we know and love, if you’re looking to see what inspired greatness, then these paintings were where it really all started.  Tickets cost £6 and can be booked via the Courtauld Gallery website.

That’s it from us for today, but check back soon for our latest projects.  You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter!

We’ve an exciting project to share with you this week here at Coriander Stained Glass as we cover the steps in restoring a piece of Victorian Ecclesiastical Stained Glass from St Stephen’s church in St Margarets, Twickenham, which was sadly recently smashed.

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Victorian Ecclesiastical Stained Glass

The first step is to carefully remove the damaged section from the window.

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And to carefully slide the lead light out of its’ stone glazing channel

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With the bottom section removed and securely boarded up we can return to our Wimbledon shop to start work on the restoration.

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Here we are stripping the damaged section of its’ lead structure

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And then the next step is to lay out the glass

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Margaret our in house artist has begun the careful and painstaking process of painting the new sections.

For more examples of our Ecclesiastical work, please visit our stained glass portfolio.  From a design point of view we can do almost anything, from a traditional Victorian painted window, to creating a stained glass version of a Margaret Tarrant illustration of Peter Pan for a new children’s memorial garden at The West Middlesex Crematorium,  or taking the winning children’s design for a stained glass window in the new building at St. Barnabus Church, Southfields.

Our projects in ecclesiastical stained glass are often wonderful projects for us to be involved in, working closely with the Church through the whole process of design, painting and construction.

That’s it for today but later in the week we will be writing about our latest project for Hampton Court Palace, so be sure to check back!

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We’re getting back into the swing of things here at Coriander Stained Glass after the festive break.

Today’s project we’d like to share with you is this door and toplight, replicating the stained glass that would have been an original feature of the Edwardian home on the Southfields grid of London, SW18.

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For more ideas and inspiration on a stained glass project for your own home, take a look at our stained glass portfolio.

As it’s January, and it can tend to feel like the month is twice as long, we’ve been looking up some exhibitions we’d like to visit to spend the weekends right!

rain room

 

We’ve had our eye fixed firmly for a while now on the Random International event at the Barbican; the Rain Room.  Rain is of course  a typical feature of any January in England, but what’s special about  this exhibition is that you can walk through the room without getting  wet.

 

A “choreographed downpour to the sound of water” the Rain Room is a sensory experience and a digital-based, contemporary approach to art, allowing visitors to experience the event as well as view it.  If you’re into technical details, the impressive injection moulded tiles, solenoid valves, pressure regulators, custom software, 3D tracking cameras and  water management system will keep you interested, but we’re looking forward to it just for the fun factor!

A word of warning though, due to the popularity of this event the queuing time can be up to 3 hours so if you’re planning on taking children with you make sure you are well prepared!  If you’ve already been, please share your pictures, we’d love to see them!

That’s it for today, but keep an eye out for our updates on Facebook, Twitter & Pinterest!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There’s only 10 days left ’till Christmas and we’re very glad to report we are still busy here at Coriander Stained Glass.  We’ve got a few projects we’d like to share with you today, after an evening of wrapping presents!

Victorian Stained Glass Project

Here are a few snaps from a Victorian Stained Glass project we have recently completed.

This piece has several features identifiable of the Victorian era, including the ruby red inner border and the beautiful central features of the two robins, hand painted by our in house artist Margaret.

 

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The door ready for the stained glass to be fitted.

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The new stained glass lead light being soldered.

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Our signwriter Lee from Brushstokes adding a house name to a toplight

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The finished piece in place.

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If you’re thinking about a Victorian Stained Glass lead light for your home, take a look at our stained glass portfolio for more ideas and inspiration.

And our last picture to share with you today is this stained glass panel that we recently repaired using textured glass and a complimentary colour scheme of blues and greens.

Stained Glass

 

That’s it for today!

We recently shared with you on Facebook some of our crafty Christmas handy work.  We’d love to hear from you with any pictures you have of presents you’ve made or festive activities you’ll be getting up to in the run up to Christmas.

On our Christmas wish list of things to do we’d like to head over to the Winter Wonder Land in Hyde Park and the Christmas Market along the South Bank.

If you’ve got any suggestions about where we should go please let us know via Facebook or Twitter, we’d love to hear from you!

 

Here at Coriander Stained Glass we’ve been keeping busy in the run up to Christmas. Today, as well as sharing with you some pictures of one of our most recent projects, we’ve also got a few snaps of what we’ve been up to in the run up to the festive period!

Edwardian Stained Glass

This is one of a set of five stained glass lead lights from an Edwardian home in Fulham that we are renovating. The existing lead structure is worn out and weak.  When a panel has reached the end of its life the renovation process is to completly take it apart, clean the glass replacing any glass breaks, then build a new lead light structure using the original glass.

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This last picture shows the newly rebuilt panel with its new lead around the original hundred year old glass. The final process for this panel to go through before it is re-fitted is cemmenting or sealing, the lead will be finished in a dark grey/black.

As well as work, we’ve also been having a bit of fun and getting into the festive spirit for Christmas.  We’ve been making little gifts like home made snow globes, and this little snow man made out of foam to stick to the window.  We’ve also been decorating our christmas trees too – if you have any of your own pictures to share please share them with us, we’d love to see them!

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The snow globes are great for decorations or for gifts – they’re made using an empty jam jar, a Christmassy cake decoration, water mixed with glitter and a drop of glycerine, and glued together using a glue gun – hey presto!

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Coca Cola truck 2012

We also had the chance to see the Coca Cola truck in Reading which was an extra Christmas treat!

That’s it for today but check back soon for more of our latest news and projects.  For more ideas and inspiration on a stained glass or lead light for your own home, please visit our stained glass portfolio.

Please join in on Facebook & Twitter, we’d love to see your Christmassy pictures!

We’ve been busy here at Coriander Stained Glass completing and installing our latest projects.  Be sure to check back soon for our latest pictures, including the completed job for the beautiful hand painted pieces we posted about earlier this month.

We’ll also be filming the open ceremony of the Children’s Memorial Garden at West Middlesex Cemetery in the coming weeks, which will complete our series of videos on the Peter Pan project.

We’ve been keeping an eye out on the latest art exhibitions showing in London, and sadly the Royal Collection’s da Vinci exhibition is only showing for one more week.   If you don’t have time to make a visit, we’ve got our eye on another great exhibition, at the Tate Britain.

The exhibition “Pre-Raphaelites: Victorian Avant-Garde” is showing until 13th January 2013.

The Pre-Raphaelites were considered to be the first avant-garde movement in art, “combining rebellion, beauty, scientific precision and imaginative grandeur.”  The exhibition shows 150 works in a variety of media, with both well known works alongside rarely seen masterpieces.

If you’re looking for inspiration for a Victorian lead light, this exhibition is a great place to find it.

Our in house artist, Margaret, can lovingly recreate paintings from any work of your choice, and if you’re interested in all things Victorian, why not take a look at our Victorian gallery for ideas and inspiration on traditional Victorian lead lights.

You can also follow us on Facebook and Twitter to keep up to date with our latest news and projects!

 

 

Here at Coriander Stained Glass we’re always looking for new sources of inspiration.  Whether it’s visiting galleries, churches, or simply just drawing inspiration from nature for a more William Morris inspired lead light, we’ve always got our eyes open.

Naturally, we’re eager to make a visit to the Leonardo da Vinci exhibition; Anatomist at the Queen’s Gallery in Buckingham Palace, before the exhibition ends on the 7th October.

It is the largest exhibition ever of da Vinci’s studies of the human body, and also includes detailed bone diagrams of animal parts such as horse and bear. Da Vinci’s formal training in anatomy began with his apprenticeship to  Andrea del Verrocchio who insisted that all his pupils learn anatomy.  Da Vinci was then  given permission to dissect human corpses at hospitals in Florence, Milan and Rome.  He later went on to make over 200 pages of drawings on the subject of anatomy.

As one of the greatest Renaissance artists, da Vinci is best known for works such as the Mona Lisa, which can be found today in the Louvre, Paris.

To us, the most fascinating of da Vinci’s works are his journals and notes, which give insight to his perceptions of life and it’s details at the time.  An enormous range of interests is displayed in his notes, and they are now on display in several major collections across the world – including England’s very own Windsor Castle and the Victoria & Albert Museum, London.

If you are passionate about art and love da Vinci’s drawings, why not consider a lead light based on one of his drawings for your home?  It would make a fantastic feature piece between two rooms, or if you have high ceilings or a high stairway with a feature window it would catch the light beautifully.

In the next few days we will be adding pictures of some of our recent lead light work, hand painted by our in house artist, Margaret, who painstakingly and lovingly hand draws and paints each of our bespoke lead lights.

Please take a look at our gallery pages for more inspiration or contact us for more information.

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Here at Coriander Stained Glass we’re getting into the swing of things for the Paralympics.  To get us in to the opening ceremony mood the Contemporary Glass Society are hosting an exhibition, “Medallions”…

“Abstract, sculptural, figurative, pictorial – each work of art in our stunning Medallions exhibition is utterly unique”

The exhibition at the Ruskin Glass Centre in Stourbridge runs from August 22nd to September 15th and exhibits the work of over 80 glass artists that have each made an Olympic medal for the exhibition.

 

Contemporary Glass Society, Medallions exhibition

What a great way to remember the 2012 games – and if they haven’t all been snapped up yet by eager buyers you could still be in with a chance of getting yourself a fantastic memento of the 2012 Olympics.

This bank holiday weekend at Coriander Stained Glass we’re hoping to visit the William Morris Gallery.

The William Morris Gallery in Walthamstow, London has recently been refurbished and what better way to spend the August bank holiday weekend than browsing the nine galleries dedicated to William Morris.

In the first few galleries you can find out who William Morris was and how his career began, and then move on to the company he set up, Morris & Co.

Stained glass was one of Morris & Co’s specialities, and some examples of his work can be found on the gallery website.

We love the collection available on the website as the images provide real inspiration for lead light works.  Even the tapestries and wallpapers can be starting points for new designs.

There are two exhibitions currently on display at the gallery as well as tea rooms and a shop to compliment your visit, where we’re hoping to pick up a book or two for inspiration.

We’re really looking forward to visiting the gallery – let us know via Facebook and Twitter if you’ve been or if you’re planning a visit!

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