Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Modern glass

Alston Hall ( see previous post) has a very jolly commemorative stained glass window in the little chapel.  I first noticed it when I went for a walk on a very misty Sunday morning.

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From within, the colours glowed


Then today, in the Morley College Gallery, there was an exhibition by the Guild of Glass Engravers ( on until 23rd October).   I've never been sure about glass engraving, as a lot of it seems very formulaic and a bit repetitive, however, the pieces on display were very inspiring.  Glass is very difficult to photograph well, but the galleries of each of the artists have excellent representations of their work.

Greg Sullivan


William Saltmarsh


Katharine Coleman


and very movingly, Alison Kinnaird, " The Unknown"


All that, after a lesson on two point perspective, and attendance at a talk last night by Barbara Chainey about her huge collection of pieces made by the Tentmakers of Cairo, was much food for thought.


  1. Blimey you are not wrong, that last piece is really moving.

  2. Great shots and lovely pieces. I particularly like the London piece!

  3. I love the stained glass window, even the outside looks beautiful

  4. Alison Kinnaird's work brought to mind an engraved-glass installation at the tunnel entrance to the V&A some years ago, and I've been scouring the internet and racking my brain to try to find it. My photos of it were lost in the Great Computer Meltdown of 2009...


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