“When I’m gone …”
Well, I won’t be gone any day soon, because there’s still a whole lot of hair in my blender, even though it’s been getting a lot of punishing use these last three months …
See picture, right.
And that’s just a small part of it (unfired at the front; fired at the back). Right now, all five workbenches are stacked with painted sections from the tycoon’s 16 stained glass skylights.
Nearly all painted and stained. Nearly all fired.
Very soon, we’ll be leading the windows. (No cementing, thank goodness.)
And then it’s “job done”.
I’ll come back to these skylights in a moment.
For now, remember how, a while back, Stephen showed you a gorgeous face of Saint Peter, which our colleague, Fábio Fonseca, was restoring in Brazil? Well, Fábio has just finished the restoration he was doing on these windows:
Now while he was doing this – and this will also happen to you when you get to see a window really close up – he discovered the studio which made the windows:
It’s thrilling when this happens – a living, private and strangely intimate connection with the past …
And I remember how, a few years back, Stephen and I restored these windows by Burne-Jones’s studio:
We lovingly took them apart, and did our business, when all of a sudden, this is what we found inscribed upon one small piece of glass:
The painter’s name. This was so small, I don’t think anyone had ever seen it between the painter (when he scratched his name in 1893) and us (when we restored the glass in 2007).
Which returns me to the tycoon’s stained glass skylights, and this pile here:
At the back, inscriptions which we’ve painted, stained and fired. At the front, corner-squares waiting to be fired. And I’d like to draw your attention to those ones in particular. Here’s the design:
Well, examine the glass closely – like someone will do at the end of the 21st century – and this is what you’ll find on just one of them:
It’s our maker’s mark.
So, when I in another place – not that I’m morbid or anything! – our mark will still be staring down from high above.
Which is, when you think about it, a large part about what making things is all about.
And speaking of making things, Stephen just told me he’ll soon be writing to those of you who get our newsletter about something useful he saw last week.
(He was working in London for a few days, and I know he made time to visit the exhibition there which is all about craft and making things by hand.)
He also said he’s finished making a short film about a restoration job we did (read about the project here – see picture, left, for one re-paint that we did), which he’ll also tell you about. So look out for his message. I’ve seen the trailer, and the film looks really useful: quick and simple, which is how we like it.
Happy glass painting!
P.S. Of course, Stephen can only write to you if you get the newsletter.