|The Young Curators getting stuck in with some ceramic work
Rural Arts saw a buzz of activity over Half Term last week, with our studio taken over by a group of young people working with professional craft artists as part of an exciting new project…
|Making up designs for clay tile moulds
On Thursday and Friday Jane introduced the group to the processes that go into making stained glass. Beginning with some design work, Jane asked them to think about symbols and motifs which are used in medieval stained glass windows – e.g. a lion for courage, an owl for wisdom – and come up with their own ideas which represented them or told a story about them! Each were to create a stained glass panel of their own. Next, the group made up special paint for glass and began painting their designs onto glass. Once they had got the hang of using the paint coloured glass was introduced, which had to be carefully selected and cut to size to fit their designs. The further we got into the process, the more adventurous each young person became, and the painted glass panels looked brilliant – the group tried out such a spectrum of techniques and ideas! The glass pieces were fired over night, leaving our final day for joining the glass pieces together into a panel with lead, soldering and polishing. After just a few days work, the resulting pieces look really professional. We are hoping to include these, and other glass and ceramic work made in further sessions in an exhibition later this year!
|The Young Curators with their stained glass panels
Here are some examples of the finished panels: