The Stained Glass Workshop will be holding a ‘Practical Introduction to Working in Leaded Stained Glass’ starting 14th February at Lydiate Village Centre. There will be 5 weekly sessions covering Design, Glass cutting, Lead work and finishing off. By the end of the course each participant will have made a small piece of stained glass. The cost of the course, including all materials, is £15. Places are limited so for further information or to book a place please talk to someone at the Glass Workshop Desk on a Tuesday or call in at one of our usual sessions on Friday afternoons. The course will run alongside the usual workshops and some workshop members will be participating in the course instead of working on their own projects. So that we can make sure we have sufficient materials etc. we will set 3rd Feb as the last day for bookings and anyone wanting to book after that would go on to a reserve list. (Maybe come along as an observer!)
The Glass Workshop group epitomizes what the U3A really means; you have an idea, you find a course to get you started and you pass on your knowledge to others. John Jackson has a love of glass and a love of design; put them together and you have works of art.
New window for Maghull Station
Our U3A ‘glass workshop’ folk have just had their latest creation installed in the station waiting room and a very nice feature it is.
The close-up shows the text detail
from the bottom left corner.
A big ‘well done’ to all those involved.
Work has been in progress for the last two years but at last we have finished. It was with some trepidation that we agreed to rebuild the main stain glass window in the Parish Hall, opposite St Andrew’s. However we started work and most members of our group have been occupied in the project over the intervening period, a real joint effort.
We had originally hoped that we would be able to re-use some of the original glass from the window. However the glass is over a hundred years old and it was difficult to match old glass with new. We decided to replace all the glass with new glass at the same time keeping to the original colours as closely as possible. Eighteen sections have now been rebuilt over the last two years. On the 2nd and 3rd of September the glazier fitted the final twelve panels and we were able to see the result of our work.
The final result was very pleasing. The new glass is slightly more vibrant and lively than the previous glasses. The various repairs that had been done over the years had not kept to the original pattern and colours. Now the pattern and colours are consistent and produce a pleasant effect.
It has been a great achievement for our group. Although we are amateurs we feel we have produced a professional result. With confidence we look forward to the future and hopefully more successful and pleasing work. Congratulations to all who took part.
Our Glass Workshop Group Displayed some of their excellent work at the recent Lydiate Village Festival.
Over the last few months one of our group has been working well on a very special piece. Bob Jones is a member of the Waterloo United Free Church which is celebrating its 100th anniversary. Bob has constructed a window incorporating two Christian symbols which shape the figure 100. This imaginative piece of stained glass work is now in place in their place of worship. Members of the congregation have been high in praise of Bob’s work and are encouraging him to extend his work and create an even bigger window.
Bob is a good example of the talent that is being exhibited by our group the members of which are engaged on many pieces of challenging and tasteful designs. The vibrant colours of glass are enriching their homes.