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For this project the Congregation formed a small committee to research
potential artists, interview each, and then select and work with an
artist. Nancy Servis, Director of the Pence Gallery in Davis is a
member of the Church, as is Interior Designer Margy Powell. After a
visit to my studio and then a tour of other Church projects I have
completed, I was selected to create the art glass. We worked together as
a team throughout the design process.
There are three areas that were scheduled to have art glass detailing. First was the Rose window over the Chancel Area. I designed a mahogany and cherry wood cross, the wood is perforated and there are inserts of leaded and beveled glass detailing. The wood and glass cross hangs above the choir and in front of the circular rose window. The theme and title of the Rose window is "Meditation Garden" The beveled glass prisms in the cross interact with the colored glass from the window behind.
On either side on the Sanctuary there are sets of three arched top windows. On one side the theme is "Communion" and on the other side a "Lily". The iconographic details are treated like medallions in the center of each set of windows. For the Communion medallion we fabricated a beveled or cut glass chalice and created the wheat as an overlay of tiny copper foiled pieces of art glass and wires, giving a three dimensional effect.
The Lily medallion was created in a Tiffany style of art glass with opalescent glass, copper foil combined with lead, and again wires to add a three dimensional quality. The Church design incorporates classic details from Spanish style Architecture. Stepped details, arch top windows, and a tile roof are details that are reflected in the graphics of the art glass design. I always design the glass detailing to respond to the shapes and vocabulary of the building, becoming site-specific. The art glass design also includes some random curved lines as accents as well as irregularly placed spots of color that add interest to the design. The leadwork includes details where the lead extends beyond the intersections adding a drawn quality to the design. The windows have a playful abstract quality, within a more formal context.
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