Over the last year I have been spending time working on sketches that are not created at the request of clients. These sketches are studies I do in order to keep my artistic vision fresh. I study the work of modern stained glass masters like Ludwig Schaffrath and others of the German school and the work of Charles Z. Lawrence who I was luck to know personally. Eventually I will choose some of the designs and execute them in glass.
Nell Roemer does the color selecting at Sycamore Studio. Her seventeen years working with glass from all over the world has made her a master at creating stunning work with colored glass. A studio can have beautiful glass in its stock but its's knowing what to do with it that counts! As you can see here, Nell knows what to do with it! This is a recent commission she created at Sycamore Studio just west of Philadelphia PA
Last October my friend and mentor, Charlie Lawrence called me. He wanted to know if I would help him fabricate his last four stained glass windows.
Charles Z Lawrence has five stained glass windows in the National Cathedral in Washington D.C. and is considered one of the most important stained glass designers in 20th century America. Of course I was thrilled to have the chance to work with him. We began working on logistics, photographing sketches for the client and writing up a contract. Then the holidays came and we let things lie. On Christmas Day Charlies daughters posted on Facebook that Charlie was in the hospital. He had terminal cancer. By the end of the month he was in hospice. I went to see him, took the sketches and glass and we talked about the windows and how he wanted them executed. On January 1, 2019 Charlie passed into the next life.
My piece, "Selenium Path", was juried into the 2017 show! Below are this year's jurors.
Lindsy Parrott, Curator of the Neustadt Collection of Tiffany Glass, Long Island City, NY
Susie Silbert, Curator of Modern and Contemporary Glass at Corning Museum of Glass, Corning, NY.
Diane Wright, The Carolyn and Richard Barry Curator of Glass, Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA
Sycamore Studio has just finished fabricating a new clerestory window for St. Mathews Church in Sunbury, PA. Rick worked on several window creations for them when general manager at Willet Studios, and was delighted when asked to create the last of the north facing clerestories. It was a wonderful opportunity to use the depth of knowledge imparted to him by Crosby Willet during the twelve years they worked as a team. This window is a classic neo-gothic design employing the jewel tone colors that define the high art of the twelfth century. Installation to follow soon!
This year the jurors for the AGNX Glass Now exhibition were Lindsy Parrott, Rolf Achilles and Judith Schaechter. 17 Stained Glass Autonomous panels were juried into the show and three awards for excellence were given. My panel, Blue Grid Vortex was among the three awards. Also given the award were glass artists Sasha Zhitneva and Marie-Pascale Foucault-Phipps
I'm presenting a talk April 7th at the Skillman Library at Lafayette College about two windows that were restored under my leadership at Willet Studios back in 2002.
One window (pictured) was listed as "lost to fire" for years in an authoritative book about Tiffany's work. When at Willet I worked closely with my mentor Crosby Willet who is a graduate of Lafayette College. Crosby one day informed me that this lost Tiffany, the Alcuin and Charlemagne window was not lost but languishing in crates stored up on the Lafayette campus. We eventually restored this and another Tiffany, The Death of Sir Philip Sydney.
I will speak about the restorations and specifically the two very different techniques Tiffany used in these two windows to solve the problem of supporting multilayered stained glass construction
I've made a living in the stained glass field for over thirty years as artisan, manager and now, artist and studio owner. Now that I have a website please come and visit periodically and see what I'm up to. Maybe it will be a new church project, or a piece of work made purely for the love of glass. Or some news of Sycamore studio in the news. Join me on my glass path. Its better than streets of gold any day.