Three small windows for a church in former Eastern Germany. The building was almost a ruin when I first visited it, but the architect, Herr Friedrich, had a vision to make and install the windows creating a small completed area of beauty that the restoration could be built around.
I was asked to produce designs. Herr friedrich had seem a project that I had designed for another German church and asked me to make something suitable for the church in Hermannsacker. I produced a series of designs using an abstract approach that I had developed. The concept is called "controlled spontaneity". We had a meeting in the church where we looked at the various options settling on my own preferred design.
That was 10 years ago. Sadly, funding dried up.
Herr Gerhard Knoblauch got in touch with me around September of last year saying that a donor had stepped forward to proceed with the windows. As can be seen, the windows are now finally completed and installed.
It is a great pleasure for me to have made these windows, I like this way of designing and working.the windows have both a quality at a distance but also a close up quality.
The most important technique employed here is acid etching. The mouth blown, lamberts flashed glass, is protected on the back and repeatedly etched on the flashed side. This technique alone can be very beautiful, but I wanted to add another layer of quality. This was done using glass painting. Just as I developed etching techniques for this kind of work, I developed a method of glasspainting that is also subtle and very appropriate.
I would love to make more projects using this approach.