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The Fish Panel

A glass painter friend of mine, Steve (from USA) just finished a stained glass painted panel.  Because this panel was nice and very detailed with those delicate traced lines and glass colors, I wanted to share it with everyone.

Before going into details I want to give a background of Steve as a person and how we met.  We all gathered under one roof during a stained glass painting course on June 2011 in Ludlow, Shropshire in the United Kingdom.

We didn’t know each other before that, but because we were all there for one purpose, to learn classic glass painting techniques from two of the most distinguished and talented glass painters in England, Mr. David Williams & Stephen Byrne, we bonded as a group.

Steve is a very quiet, modest and a precise person.  I noticed that he was very accurate when he did his line tracing and he did not go to the next step unless he was completely satisfied with what he had done.

After we had finished our painting course, he and I kept corresponding through e-mails.   We shared our passion (one might say obsession), by updating each other with our current windows.  Recently, he sent me a photo of his latest art work; the Fish Panel.

The original design was from a ceramic tile masterpiece that was displayed at the Victoria & Albert Museum in London.  It needed to be expressed in glass, so Steve reproduced the design and figured out how to use the stained glass techniques in his toolbox to obtain the needed effects.

First, Steve made a traced copy (cartoon) after a photo he had taken of the tile while he was with his family in London.  This traced copy showed the glass cut lines and the main details of the panel, and is needed as overall guide for the window, from the glass cutting stage all the way to painting the tracing lines on the glass he will chose for his panel.

From that point Steve went and cut all his glass and start doing his main tracing lines, to do so he lay every glass piece over his light box and traced the lines according to the main cartoon, from that point he carry on and did his highlights and afterward he apply a thin coat of oil over all the pieces, rehighlight and did his oil shadowing, the last stage was firing all the painted glass pieces in a kiln. Doing so he followed a firing schedule that assure a safe and stable firing temperatures; all the way from Room Temp when he started his firing process all the way to the firing hold temperature which is around 1220F? then again going down to Room temperature then safe open the Kiln Lad and clean all the pieces.

As you can see Steve follow the copper method when he did his leading for this panel, the reason for that is the many tight carves in the fish and the background, also having such a simple trim added a nice surround to the whole panel.

Knowing Steve I am sure that this is only a starting point for a long relation with stained glass painting that will sure result many talented artistic glass work to come.

Finally I only wanted to say GOOD LUCK Steve, KEEP IT UP.



4 Responses to The Fish Panel

  1. Garren says:

    I was visiting my dad (Steve) when he was working on this project. It’s nice to see the finished copy. He has been working on a lot of great paint projects.

    Ask him to you show the dragon he made for me. It’s very cool.

    • Hassan Al-Saffar says:

      Hello, I am sure your father Steve did a great painting projects. I will ask him for the Dragon he made for you. Regards to both of you.

  2. Nook says:

    I had no idea how to approach this bferoe-now I’m locked and loaded.

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