But others say it’s “Best Avoided” – you decide
And I’ll keep you guessing for a moment longer because otherwise it’ll spoil the fun …
The other day I took young Nell, my 6-year old, to Hereford Cathedral. True to form she was down the spooky crypt in an instant, “looking for bones”. Knowing it was a dead-end (so to speak), I allowed myself two minutes in a chapel and saw this, a stained glass window with amazing detail:
Now take a good look at the red and blue tunics on the two heralds. I know the photo’s not so good but don’t worry, this isn’t a test – just spend a few minutes pondering how they were done.
Yes, from the photo I know how it could be enamels but in fact it’s plating: acid-etched flashed red-on-white on the inside face nearest you, then acid-etched flashed blue-on-white behind.
See this photo which I took from an angle – you can see white glass right next to the blue: this is a second piece of glass, behind the first (the red and white one).
It’s humbling and inspiring to see such craftsmanship. Yet I also mention it because of a famous opinion we’ve talked about before. Here are the words of E. Liddall Armitage (a designer and glass painter of prodigious talent):
Some artists resort to plating and even tend to boast about it, but it is best avoided (Stained Glass, Leonard Hill Books Limited, London, 1960, p. 130).
Surely the point is, to use a technique not just skilfully but also in the right place.
Now I’m off to London to see the opera tonight (Friday) and spend a day in the Victoria & Albert Museum tomorrow (Saturday). I’m slightly dazed at the prospect.
All the same, please leave a comment and we’ll both join in again once studio life returns to normal on Monday.
Best,P.S. In case you missed it before, here’s a link to when we last talked about stained glass plating.
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