HOT SUMMER 2018!
Exciting New Work!
I recently delivered 3 exciting stained glass windows! Here is a synopsis.
Last December I purchased a set of 3 very old windows circa 1850s, that had been found built in between the walls of the original Sears store in New Glasgow, NS. They were clearly made in the UK and featured painted stained glass Victorian bird stained glass medallions and pastoral scenes in enamels and vitreous paint. They are stunning and though I typically do not buy old stained glass, these were so exceptional that I could not bear the thought that they might be ruined elsewhere. At the time I did not know how I would use them but trusted that the opportunity to allow this precious glass to continue would present itself.
In April I was approached by a customer whose home was the same vintage and who needed a transom. He hoped for a steampunk style or some reiteration of Victorian Arts and Crafts era stained glass. Exactly what I was dreaming of!! Here is what we did.
My second project was a Memory Glass window using a grandmother’s plate, which had the flower motifs of the British Isles, and surrounding it with the names of all the women of 4 generations. In the border I used small pieces of vintage heritage stained glass from the New Glasgow windows.
My third project was a custom designed transom window including a medallion of clockworks surrounded by gold quarries. The customer collects Westclox alarm clocks! I used 2 rondels from the heritage stained glass windows from New Glasgow, and other fine pressed glass, vintage glass, and the coveted cranberry stained glass in the border.
Copper foil stained glass
In the gaps between painting and leading the previous 3 labour intensive stained glass panels I also made some copper foil stained glass for customers.
All my custom stained glass is designed to accommodate customers’ vision, aesthetics, timeline and budget, without compromising my own high standards!
In May my studio Rose Window Stained Glass was featured in the Craft NS Instagram Takeover! Here are some photos from around the studio. Upstairs I have an office with a library of books and a drafting board where most of my design work and stained glass pattern drafting takes place. The working studio with stained glass tools, stained glass supplies and workbenches is on the ground floor.
Upcoming SUMMER SHOWS!
As always my work can be purchased through me or from Made in the Maritimes, or the Designer Craft Shop!
I will be participating in the Peggys Cove Studio Tour on Saturday July 7 and Sunday July 8. Drop by the studio if you’d like.
July 20, 21 and 22 is the Craft NS Summer Show in Victoria Park! Hope to see you there!
CLASSES and WORKSHOPS
No classes or workshops are currently scheduled but that may change! Possibly will book some in late August or early September. If you are interested let me know. Regularly scheduled classes will resume in early October!!
Have a wonderful SUMMER!
In many ways September is the beginning of the New Year. The crisp nights foretell Autumn, though the days are still hot after the dew burns off. Summer holidays end and classes begin, marking a return to predictable schedules. Classes will resume at Rose Window Stained Glass too, which led me to revisit my own first stained glass class in 1994. A mom with 3 young kids, my career in the graphics/printing industry had just been eliminated by computers. I knew I wanted to use my ability to draw. At a Quaker Meeting one Sunday morning I was entranced by the light cast on the floor through the 1860s clear glass. Its undulating dance struck me profoundly. I understood like an epiphany that glass is like people. We all have unique Light inside us that, when expressed, enriches everyone’s experience. Light moving through glass took on a metaphoric spiritual significance that has guided me for decades. I signed up for a beginner class at Sunrise Stained Glass in which everyone made a hummingbird the first night. I remember how challenging it was to cut out those 7 little pieces! I gave the hummingbird to my mother, who especially loved the cranberry stained glass throat – she had expensive taste, as anyone who has ever purchased that glass knows! It’s made with real gold, did you know? As an Artist and Designer, I design my own patterns. Here is one of the first.
You may wonder if it’s ok to copy stained glass from the internet, and the answer is typically no, unless you have permission. There are lots of free patterns available, and some for sale. At Rose Window Stained Glass, students are encouraged to work from public domain patterns, stained glass patterns available in studio, or design their own with guidance.
What’s new in the Studio?
Lynette Richards participated in the Craft Nova Scotia (formerly NSDCC) Summer Show in Victoria Park and the Peggy’s Cove Studio Tour. Thank you to all the visitors who came and brightened my time!!
Rose Window Stained Glass has been busy caring for our heritage stained glass! Call for inspection and estimates.
Church Stained Glass Care, Repair and Restoration
Christ Knocking is a familiar image, originally a painting by William Holman Hunt, also called the Light of the World. This is the most reproduced new world image requested by churches. This version required full restoration of all panels, and reproduction of some painted pieces, to replace smashed glass and fragile lead came. The picture below is shown before puttying, which darkens the lead and makes the stained glass waterproof and air tight.
Philip Doucette and Lynette Richards have removed, repaired and reinstalled stained glass in several churches this season! Philip let me wear his vintage hardhat in this photo!
Custom Order Stained Glass
When this church was sold, the new owner commissioned me to create a commemorative stained glass window of it to hang inside the renovated church, now cottage, forever.
A local artist, Kathy Kaulbach, asked if she could hire me to instruct her to adapt her (already formidable) skills to glass to make a wedding gift! She spent a dozen hours in studio with me and created a wonderful painted fused glass gift. It recalls bonfires on Parrsboro Beach. She mounted the finished fused glass to a hardwood base. What a special gift!
Spring Green and Peepers Singing!
The studio has been busy this season. Classes are finished but there will be 2 Summer Workshops announced soon.
Here is a peek at what has been happening inside Rose Window Stained Glass these last couple of months.
Lynette delivered and installed the Poppy Lily of the Valley window and it looks great!
A massive 8 foot diameter Victorian lamp made the journey from a Hamilton Ontario bar, where it had hung for 125 years, to a renovated church in Fox Point NS. It needed to be completely rebuilt before its next era. The client will send a photo once the panels are installed into the iron frame! Can’t wait!
This little copper foil lampshade got grabbed by the dog and dragged around a bit in Antigonish. It survived pretty well but needed some TLC! The dog is in the dog house!
Philip and Lynette returned the stained glass window to Kings College Chapel after repairing the buckling lower panel. The window was made in England at J Wippel Co, c1955.
Students made some great stained glass this Winter season! Classes resume in the Fall but there will be 2 One Day Workshops offered during the summer. Stay tuned for the dates. Make sure you are on the mailing list!
Three hundred bucks crashed to the cold hard floor. This window had been purchased from a crafter but common construction mistakes secured its early demise. It would cost as much or more to repair this than to remake it from scratch. Hopefully she’ll take a class and make it herself! This is a good beginner project!!
Winter is a wonderful time for stained glass. The twinkling snow is a perfect background, and the long angles of the winter sun make colours dance across rooms. You can really notice the length of daylight increasing by paying attention to where the light falls each day.
Rose Window Stained Glass has had its busiest January ever!
Full classes are well under way. If you’e like to take the next set of classes, they begin on March 13, 2017.
We have several restoration projects currently underway in local churches. Philip Doucette and Lynette Richards collaborate on restoration and repair of sacred stained glass. Together we have over 50 years experience. We are both Master Artisans with the NSDCC. Contact Lynette for a free estimate and appraisal of damage. Lynette and Philip are also able to provide you with the probable age and origin of your windows.
Also on the bench in Lynette’s studio is this great Victorian lamp! And I do mean GREAT! Once reassembled, it will span 8 feet! It comes from a strip club in Hamilton Ontario and is coated in nicotine!! Not all fun and games, eh! It will be hung in a renovated heritage building in Fox Point NS!
Custom Stained Glass
In early January, Lynette replaced a plain glass window with a custom made leaded beveled glass window in the interior vestibule door in Halifax’s south end.
Lynette has 2 private commissions on the go. One is a painted panel with poppies and lily of the valley. The design is approved, and enlaged to size and glass cutting will begin soon. The second is still a secret. Stay tuned!
As always, contact Lynette for inquiries or free estimates!
As daylight lengthens Winter strengthens. The long angles of the sun in winter, combined with snow covered backgrounds, activate stained glass like no other season can. If you get the blues during the dark season, consider coming to my studio to play with light and colour. Honestly! It makes a real difference!
Give the Gift of Light
The Tiny Stained Glass Windows shown above, and much more are available for purchase at Made in the Maritimes and the Designer Craft Shop or directly from me!
Gift Certificates are available! Call me or write. I can get you printed Gift Certificates, or send them by email for you to print. I will send you an invoice which can be paid by etransfer or credit card.
CLASSES and WORKSHOPS 2017
New CLASSES and WORKSHOPS begin in mid January. Please let me know right away if you want to reserve your spot! Start dates will be announced soon and posted on the CLASSES PAGE of my website! Get on my mailing list for email notifications too!!
Fall and Winter 2016 Classes and Workshops were filled! Here are some examples of the great results by people in my studio! Everyone started as a beginner, but many have come over and over and built skills so they are now designing and building quality stained glass!! Original designs are automatically copyrighted by the designer and permission must be received to copy them.
Please visit me next weekend in booth 201 at the NSDCC Winter Show at the Cunard Centre! Introduce yourself!
Then come to our POP UP SHOW! at Anne Pryde’s home, 224 Club Road, Hatchet Lake, Sunday November 27th 1-4pm.
You can also find my work at these fine LOCAL SHOPS!
Made in the Maritimes
Sunnyside Mall, Bedford NS * 902-406-2222
5527 Young Street, Halifax NS * 902-406-3232
Designer Craft Shop
1099 Marginal Rd #116, Halifax *902-492-2525
Rose Window Stained Glass
731 Terence Bay Rd * 902-402-3104
Crouchers Point Gallery * http://www.crouchersptgallery.com/
NovelTea Truro Bookstore Cafe * 622 Prince St, Truro * (902) 895-8329
Ross Farm * 4568 Highway 12, New Ross, NS * 902-689-2210
Check out this GREAT LOCAL online catalogue!
The LOCAL WISH LIST!
SUMMER WORKSHOPS 2016!
The studio was hoppin’ these past few days!
2016 Limited Edition
Two brand new limited editions of original Tiny Stained Glass Windows are now available. Choose framed 8″ Lobster Boats, or framed 6″ Terence Bay Lighthouse and 6″ Seagull Over Prospect Bay Islands. Purchase directly from Lynette Richards, or in shops and at Art Shows.
Click here to visit Lynette’s SHOP where you can view them all.
Contact to find out how to take home an authentic piece of Nova Scotia!
Summer 2016! It’s going to be HOT!
Rose Window Stained Glass is open anytime by appointment!
Contact by phone, text or email. Find Lynette at these Summer 2016 Events!
Paint Peggy’s Cove
Saturday July 9 and Sunday July 10
Lynette will be one of 35 artists participating in beautiful Paint Peggy’s Cove.
Here are some pictures from last year.
Peggy’s Cove Area Studio Tour
Saturday July 16 and Sunday July 17
Rose Window Stained Glass will be open from 10am-5pm on Saturday and Sunday, and any other time by appointment. 902-402-3104
Find the link to the Peggy’s Cove Studio Tour website at the bottom of this blog post. (it will redirect away from this page)
NSDCC Summer Craft Show
Friday July 22, Saturday July 23, and Sunday July 24
Victoria Park, Downtown Halifax
The biggest show in town! The much anticipated Nova Scotia Designer Craft Council SUMMER CRAFT SHOW!
Avondale Garlic Fest
Saturday September 17, 10-5
Where to buy Rose Window Stained Glass Art
Lynette is a member of many professional associations and is included in these publications.
Here is the link to the Peggy’s Cove Studio Tour which will take you away from Rose Window Stained Glass. Please come again!!