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Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Glance at Glass: Abbeydorney


Recently I was taken to St Bernard's Church
Abbeydorney by a good friend.
She was keen on showing me the
stained glass window that in more than one way
brightens up this grand space.

This futuristic building of 1968 must have made
heads turn in those days. The design, well ahead
of its time, can still very much intrigue today.

The stained glass is well matched to the building.
In the interest of displaying the stained glass
here properly we have taken the liberty to digitally
remove some obstructing church artifacts which
unfortunately are placed permanently right in front
of this lovely window.

During research for this Glance at Glass article I came
across a story about the electrification of Abbeydorney
called: 'WHEN ABBEYDORNEY SAW THE LIGHT'.
This humorous collection of anecdotes, which gives an
idea of Ireland in the 40ties and 50ties, is well
worth a read and can be found by clicking here.

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Saturday, December 26, 2009

Glance at Glass: Ballyheigue.




St Mary's Church in Ballyheigue
is well tucked away from the village.

The absolutely stunning glass in
this church might not be expected
arriving, at first glance, but is
more than worth a visit.

The image shown here are the
two centre panels of the four
front windows above the altar.

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Sunday, December 06, 2009

Fun with stained glass.




A recent job for 16 small windows
for the corners of four doors led
to this stained glass photo
opportunity.

Rearanging the little panels like
this is a bit like arranging
flowers I guess.
The beauty is allready there.
All that is needed is a small
adjustment to fit the mood one
is in.

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Friday, October 16, 2009

Wedding crest/coat of arms.


A kind gentleman from Donegal contacted us
with a lovely request: the combined crests
of bride and groom as wedding present.

A great idea and the
result is shown here.

Congratulation to the happy couple
from Little Oak Glass.

Monday, September 21, 2009

Glance at Glass: Glenflesk.


If one would sneeze at the wrong time, driving from Killarney to Cork, the village
of Glenflesk could be easily missed.
It nearly happened to myself and this was while specifically looking for the place !
Only because I was in desperate need of a Snicker and came walking out of the petrol
station after buying one, I noticed the church across the road, the very
one I was looking for all along.

The significance of the glorious stuff in this church can hardly be over stated.
Apart from the mosaics around the altar which very much reminded me of the ones in the Franciscan Friary in Killarney, it is really the six grand windows of the Harry Clarke studios that immediately attract the eye.

Now, how did a village like Glenflesk gain possession of something like this I wonder.
Wait till I tell you..., without boring you with a whole pile of history, here's the short version:
Collis-Sandes House in Tralee, formerly known as Oak Park House was build in about 1857/1860.
In 1923 the Presentation Order of Nuns bought the place and gave it a bit of a face lift I'd imagine.
In the process acquiring some hip stained glass from Dublin, which looked kind of all right in the brochure, so to say.
When the Nuns left Collis Sandes house in the early seventies one of the more prominent nuns had very close
links with guess what...., Glenflesk. So that's how it went!

On a more serious note, have a very close look at the stained glass and the way things are done.
The figures are their usual high and tall. Colours are just something else. One piece of glass can have four different colours because of the superb combination between choice of glass, shading, etching and silver staining, as shown in the example given here. Also take note of the six toed feet. Two feet with six toes each
is not completely unusual when it comes to depiction of figures in ecclesiastical art work.
But the question of why this is, can better be posed to the lovely Fr. Bill Radley of Glenflesk.
He most certainly is better able to explain than I would.

Thanks go to:
Fr. Bill Radley of Glenflesk.
Writer and historian Turtle Bunbury.
Author Bernadette Walsh, book: A history of Collis-Sandes House.
And the anonymous nun who brought the glass to Glenflesk.

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Monday, September 14, 2009

Logo Dangles



Still hot, just out of the kiln.

These Logo Dangles are an extremely powerful
way to attract some attention to your business.

At about 17cm in diameter, hanging in the window
on a suction cup for example, they are guaranteed to
make heads turn.

Although Little Oak glass brings them to you as
Logo Dangles, clearly they can contain any information.

For website promotion, a thank you gift or baby name and
date of birth, house number or just to say Welcome at
entering a door, any image and text can be painted on glass.

Just ask us, and we will be happy to give you a quote.

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Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Glance at Glass: Churchill.


The German company Mayer & Co. was founded in Germany in 1847.
By 1865 a London branch was opened and it would be a fair
assumption that from then on more of the Mayer stained glass
was coming to Ireland.

Commonly known as 'Mayer of Munich stained glass', it is the
painting on the glass which makes it so distinctive.
Very soft shading on rich colours. But most importantly the
light is used in a nearly Rembrandtesque way, so to say.
Noticeable is also the very inventive ways in which
silver stain (yellow) is used.

Churchill church, County Kerry has some lovely examples of it.

The detail shown here is facing North and is throwing some
mighty colour onto the surrounding plastering when the July
evening sun is on it under an angle.

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