I completed another transom for our home. I promised I wouldn't cover every window in the place with stained glass, a vow I'm having difficulty keeping. But the dining room transom really doesn't provide much of a view.
I started innocently enough. I wanted a slogan piece for the dining room wall, in keeping with the Arts And Crafts style of the house...something simple and heartfelt. I decided to do a redwork embroidery design, using a pattern adapted from a stained glass pattern book, Sidelights, Fanlights And Transoms (Ed Sibbet Jr/Dover Press) . When I was done, Ed made a frame and we hung it up.
It was at that point I began plotting one more stained glass panel for the house. I mean, what's the harm in a transom panel that doesn't obstruct a view? I decided to repeat the same Glasgow Rose design in the panel. The existing transom had divided lights, so I needed to work the design around those. The problem was that the individual lights weren't equal, so each section had to be tweaked just a little bit. Finally I had it dialed in and began cutting glass.
Each of the green vertical rectangle pieces had a clear beveled piece on either side. When all the pieces were cut and on the board, I realized I didn't like those green pieces in there, so I pulled them out and replaced them with another clear beveled piece.
Maybe because the sections weren't completely equal size, but this seemed to be more pleasing to the eye.
After foiling and soldering, I spent what seemed like hours cleaning the glass. Then Ed very kindly installed it for me. It fits the mood of the house very well. Nice clean lines, not too fussy. This window faces east and the morning sun (when we actually have sun) delivers a lovely bouquet of roses into the dining room.
Last January we received a Duluth Trading Company catalog in the mail. I was glass-struck (which is like dumbstruck but different) with the cover. What a happy dog. Wouldn't he look great in glass?
So I did a little digging and found the artist. Rick Kollath was very gracious in giving me permission to recreate "Scout" in glass. I saved the email and got distracted by our construction project.
Now that the house is done and we're in, I finally had time to get back into glass projects. The transom was the first priority, while "Scout" waited patiently.
Really, once I started, it didn't take long. And sometimes the piece looks better and more clearly defined before it's foiled and soldered. But then it wouldn't hang in a window that way, would it? I'll get a frame built for it to set it off.
This is one of those things that called to me to be made. I don't have a place for it, nor do I have a yellow labrador. Hopefully I'll find a good home for "Scout".