Glasspainter
Stained Glass Artist
  John Kenneth Clark   www.glasspainter.com
The Site

I haven't been updating this site regularly for a while, hopefully I will now.
The concept here is to allow a great deal of information to be viewed here, from this first page, without having to click and wait. There are more stained glass projects within this site than I can show here on the first index. All can be reached by using the navigation buttons above.

The rest of the web site will be modified to follow this concept over time, probably one index after another.

I want to keep the richness of information contained within my website for the more interested viewer, but allow a very fast overview of the content of the site for those looking for a quick impression or the simply curious.

This page should be seen as a sample sheet where stained glass images from different projects and information about the projects can be can be quickly viewed.
To go into more depth, use the navigation buttons above.

The project button beneath each image is a short description of that project giving the name of the project and dimensions and under which index the project can be viewed.

On the navigation bar, I have added NEW. This, as could be expected, shows new features or indexes that I have added to the site.
Introduction

I have built and maintain this site as an online mainly stained glass resource showing what I do and sometimes how it is done.

I find that being able to show my work as I want it to be seen and for it to be within reach of a wider audience than the established media and publishing possibilities will generally allow to be, is one of the great advantages of the internet.

The work that is contained within this site was all commissioned. That is, ordered.

I know that it can be intimidating for people to contact an artist and to trust a project to someone they don't know. But I hope that by looking around this site and seeing what I have created for my clients that some of the uncertainty will be removed.

In the next box, have posed some questions that I am typically asked when someone is interested in commissioning a project, and then have given brief answers.

If you have any further questions or want fuller explanations then please contact me or one of my representatives. Contact information is available from the main index.

Commissioning

Where do the projects come from?
I am commissioned by an individual or group of people to create a work for a specific location or function. I am basically a commissioned artist.
So how does this work?
There are many ways and no fixed rules, I have been contacted by individuals, committees, agents, architects and so on. You contact me and we see what is the best way to begin a project.
Do we need to supply the theme or the concept?
I find it good to have a starting point, a reference from where I can begin but this comes about in many ways. I have had fixed briefs with definite content, a text, a piece of music, the life of an individual or institution or just a discussion where the brief is subsequently agreed and formulated.
How is a design presented?
Usually as a scaled watercolour design. I like however to present designs at a half way stage for discussion with the clients.
How much does this cost?
It depends entirely on what I am asked to do. The design fee will be agreed at the outset.
Can you work to a budget?
Indeed, almost every work has an agreed budget.
How long does it take to make the work?
Again it depend on how much is involved and how many projects I am working on. An idea of how long it will take will be given with the design and deadlines can be agreed.
Can you supply world-wide?
Yes indeed, the studio where I make my work is a large studio used by many artists from all over the world and there is no difficulty in sending the work anywhere.
Short Biography








Born in Dumbarton, Scotland

Studied in the Glasgow School of Art, Department of Murals and Stained Glass where I graduated in 1980 as BA. Further study in GSA to MA degree. Lecturer in Stained Glass until 1985.

Since 1985 I have been a freelance stained glass artist. I established a studio in Scotland and worked there until 1990.
Since 1990, I have made all of my work in the Derix Studios in Germany.

Awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the University of Paisley in 2003

Some Commissions
Lockerbie Memorial Window
Dec. 1991 Lesser Town Hall Lockerbie.
Dim: 3 @ 2290 x 815mm and 3 @ 920 x 815mm. Dim: 4 @ 1.8Mt x 55cm, 1 @ 2.3 x 70, Tracery

The Millennium Window
Jun 1999, Glasgow Cathedral, Glasgow. Theme : Growth
3 lancets, 1 - 5Mt x 70cm, 2 - 4Mt x 50cm

The Falklands War Memorial Window
Nov 1999, Pangbourne College, Pangbourne.
Dim: 144 - 45cm x 45cm

The Alexander Stone Memorial Window
Nov. 2000, Hutchesons' Grammar School, Glasgow Dim: 18 panels 1.7Mt x 0.94Mt

End of the Age of Innocence
Pinehurst, North Carolina
2005,
Dim 1.92Mt x 1.00M

Domaine Mechtildshausen
Sep. 2005, 2 Windows on a theme of the Elements
Dim : 7 panels various sizes, 1 panel 1.60Mt x 1Mt

Past - Future
Former Synagogue, Hirshberg, Germany
Apr. 2006, 2 Circular Windows
Dim : 1 panel 1.23Mt, 1 panel 1.34Mt








Project Title
End of the Age of Innocence

Description
Single Staircase Window

Location
Private House
North Carolina

Dimensions
Dim 1.92Mt x 1.00Mt

Date completed
July 2005

Text
It was commissioned for a Private House in North Carolina in the USA. I was asked to create a symbolic work with a medieval quality. This is what I have come up with.
Although the symbolism is medieval in origin, there are layers of interpretation here, that at this moment in time, seem appropriate.

Technique
Stained Glass, Mouth Blown Antique Flashed Glass, extensive multi-layer glass etching, glass painting and silver-staining

Index
Figurative, Symbolic


Project Title
Amberg- Ammersricht

Description
A symbolic project made up of 64 panels

Location
Amberg- Ammersricht. Germany

Dimensions
2 @ 28M x 1450mm

Date completed
July 1996

Text
2 sets of 8 panels on the theme of the Old and New Testament
Themes from the Book of Revelation. New Jerusalem and River of Life.
Light band made up of 48 sections

Technique
Stained Glass, Mouth Blown Antique Flashed Glass, extensive multi-layer glass etching, glass painting and silver-staining

Index
Symbolic


Project Title
Glasgow Cathedral - Millenium Window

Description
A three lancet window on the north side of Glasgow Cathedral

Location
Glasgow Cathedral, Scotland

Dimensions
3 lancets, 1 - 5Mt x 70cm, 2 - 4Mt x 50cm

Date completed
June 1999

Text
The year 2000 is the recognized or observed anniversary of the Birth of Christ, therefore this window should relate to the life or teaching of Christ.
There are very few references on the theme of GROWTH in the New Testament. One teaching that does seem relevant is the Parable of the Sower and some of the related parables.
This parable works on several levels and deals directly with the three aspects of growth that were outlined in the brief.
A series of parables have been written and symbolized.

Technique
Stained Glass, Mouth Blown Antique Flashed Glass, extensive multi-layer glass etching, glass painting and silver-staining

Index
Symbolic, textual

Project Title
Alexander Stone Memorial Windows

Description
A series of 18 panels using quotations to illustrate the long history of this school

Location
Hutchesons' Grammar School, Glasgow

Dimensions
Dim: 18 panels 1.7Mt x 0.94Mt

Date completed
Nov. 2000

Text
This work was commissioned by Hutchesons’ Grammar School in Glasgow as a Memorial to Sir Alexander Stone who was a great benefactor of the School.
It was an unusual project for me as there is no design as such, it is a project using quotations which encapsulate the history of this school which was established in 1648.
Technique
Slumped Float Glass

Index
textual

Project Title
Queen‘s Park Synagogue - Rosh Chodesh

Description
A series of 22 windows of various dimensions

Location
Made for Queen’s Park Synagogue, Now in Giffnock Synagogue

Dimensions
Dim: 8 @ 1500 x 600mm, 2 @ 750 x 600mm, 8 @ 2000 x 650mm semi-circle.
1 large triptych window and 1 half dome. 20 sq/mts.

Date completed
1992

Text
The smallest window of a series of windows originally commissioned for Queen’s Park Synagogue, in Glasgow and now displayed in Giffnock Synagogue.
They are on the theme of the Jewish Festivals.
The picture of the dome at the bottom of this page was the largest window within this commission.

Technique
Stained Glass, Mouth Blown Antique Flashed Glass, extensive multi-layer glass etching, glass painting and silver-staining

Index
Symbolic, synagogue










Project Title
Beirut Hostages - Captivity and Freedom

Description
Two windows commemorating the Captivity and Freedom of the British Hostages in Beirut

Location
Broxted, Essex

Dimensions
2 @ 2000mm x 300mm plus Tracery, 2 @ 2400mm x 45mm plus tracery

Date completed
1993

Text
It was designed and made to mark the captivity and freedom of the Beirut Hostages, specifically, John McCarthy, Brian Keenan and Terry Waite.
The windows are located in the Church which the McCarthy family attended and was a focal point for those working for the release of the hostages.
I used a cubist approach to give a sense of the confinement and the captivity window is almost entirely black and white.

Technique
Stained Glass, Mouth Blown Antique Flashed Glass, glass etching, glass painting and silver-staining

Index
Church, Symbolic



Project Title
Newlands Chuch

Description
3 windows on the themes of The last Supper, in the Garden of Gethsemane and the Supper at Emmaus

Location
St Margrets, Newlands, Glasgow

Dimensions
Dim: 3 - 1.2Mt x 61cm

Date completed
Nov. 2002

Text
Three windows based on scenes from the New Testament. The hands at the base of the window represent christ so the stylized scenes that are depicted in these windows are seen from His point of view. The themes are :
The Last Supper
The Garden of Gethsemane
The Supper at Emmaus

Technique
Stained Glass, Mouth Blown Antique Flashed Glass, extensive multi-layer glass etching, glass painting and silver-staining

Index
Church, Figurative



Project Title
Bowdon Synagogue

Description
four sets of four panels depicting the Major Jewish Festivals

Location
Bowdon Synagogue, South Manchester

Dimensions
4 panels 1.10mt x 0.71Mts , 12 panels : 1Mt x 0.60Mt

Date completed
2005

Text
This project was the first part of a larger scheme for the new Synagogue in Bowdon.
Along the upper gallery, the center 4 windows have been filled with windows depicting the major Jewish Festivals of Rosh Hoshanah and Yom Kippur, Pesach, Shavuot and Sukkot.

Technique
Mouth Blown Antique Flashed Glass, extensive multi-layer etching, painting and silver-staining

Index
Symbolic, Synagogue



Project Title
Hirschberg - Former Synagogue

Description
2 Abstract Round Windows for a former Synagogue

Location
Hirshberg, Germany

Dimensions
Dim : 1 panel 1.23Mt, 1 panel 1.34Mt

Date completed
April 2006

Text
Being for a former synagogue in Hirschberg - Leuternhausen, near Heidelberg in Germany, obviously, this project had to be treated with even more than the usual sensitivity to the building.
Two circular windows in which I have treated in an abstract manner, depicting the past and present use of this building which is now a Culture Center.

Technique
Mouth Blown Antique Flashed Glass, extensive multi-layer etching, painting.

Index
Abstract, Synagogue


Project Title
Kilmacolm Old Kirk

Description
Window in 3 sections

Location
Kilmacolm, Scotland

Dimensions
Dim: 3 x 1.6Mt x 70cm

Date completed
Dec. 2002

Text
A memorial window dedicated to the memory of Miss Betty Peden-Fyfe.
The following text from Malachi was the given theme of the work.
”see if I will not open the windows of heaven for you and pour down for you an overflowing blessing”
The concept of Christ as ”the Light of the world ”

Technique
Mouth Blown Antique Flashed Glass, extensive multi-layer etching, painting and silver-staining

Index
Church, Figurative, symbolic, textual









Project Title
University of Strathclyde,

Description
A series of three Windows to mark the Bi-centenary of the founding of the Institution that has become the UNiversity of Strathclyde.

Location
The Barony, Glasgow

Dimensions
3 X 2140mm x 700mm

Date completed
Apr. 1996.

Text
This project was commissioned by The University of Strathclyde in 1995 to mark the Bicentenary of the founding of the institution that has become the University of Strathclyde.
Universities and places of learning function as a source of learning and knowledge, not because of buildings and structures, but because by using letters, numbers, signs and symbols, knowledge can be stored and passed through the generations. This is the basis for this concept.

Technique
Mouth Blown Antique Flashed Glass, extensive multi-layer etching, painting and silver-staining

Index
Secular, Textual



Project Title
Dumbarton - Riverside Window

Description
A window made up of 28 sections built into an existing frame.

Location
Riverside Church

Dimensions
Overall Dim :

Date completed
Sep. 2002

Text
A window continuing the text symbolism theme. In this case, the text acts like a veil over the symbols beneath.
The lettering consists of two quotations, one Old Testament and One New Testament.
Part of the brief was that the window should act like a beacon, therefore two quotations using the theme of fire.

Technique
Mouth Blown Antique Flashed Glass, extensive multi-layer etching, painting and silver-staining

Index
Church, symbolic, textual



Project Title
The Falklands War Memorial Window

Description

Location
Pangbourne College

Dimensions
Dim: 144 - 45cm x 45cm

Date completed
Nov. 1999

Text
A window to act as a focal point of a church built to the memory of those who died during the Falklands War.
The given theme was ”Peace out of Chaos” and I have concentrated on huge effort that was made to retake these islands.

Technique
Mouth Blown Antique Flashed Glass, extensive multi-layer etching, painting and silver-staining

Index
Church, symbolic



Project Title
Tribute to John Muir

Description
A series of four abstract landscapes based on the writings of John Muir. ONe large slumped window containing a quotation from John Muir.

Location
Oran Mor, Glasgow

Dimensions
Dim: 4 x 1.58 Mt x 0.55Mt
1 slumped panel - Dim : 2.5Mt x 1.2Mt

Date completed
2007

Text
Picture taken in the studio. The panels will be spaced widely apart.
The room in which these windows will be installed, Nov. 2007, will be called the John Muir Room. The concept is based on the writings of John Muir and are four abstract compositions that give a suggestion of landscape.
The text window is based on a quotation from John Muir.

Technique
Mouth Blown Antique Flashed Glass, extensive multi-layer etching, painting and silver-staining

Index
Secular, abstract, textual


Project Title
The Pibroch Windows

Description
3 Windows based on Pibroch - Canntaireachd

Location
Piping Centre in Glasgow

Dimensions
Dim. 3 @ 2300mm x 900mm

Date completed
Sep. 1996

Text
Pibroch is the classical music for the Scottish Bagpipe, Canntaireachd is the sung form of Pibroch.
Continuing with my interest in combining text and symbolism, I have used here the sung form of the music and the images and symbolism that the music implies.

Technique
Mouth Blown Antique Flashed Glass, extensive multi-layer etching, painting and silver-staining

Index
Secular, textual, symbolic



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Project Title
Fundamental Elements

Description
Part of the second phase of windows made for the Domaine.

Location
Domaine Mechtildshausen

Dimensions
1.60Mt x 1Mt

Date completed
Sep. 2005,

Text
The last part of a series of six windows based on an abstract concept of the Fundamental Elements such as fire, water, and so on.
For this set of windows, I began working with a concept that I call “controlled spontaneity“ where both the design and making of the work contain a certain quality of randomness.
These windows are made using complicated repeat etching.

Technique
Mouth Blown Antique Flashed Glass, extensive multi-layer etching, painting and silver-staining

Index
Secular, abstract


Project Title
Gullane Parish Church - Windows on a theme of Local Creation

Description
3 windows on the West Gable of this building

Location
Dimensions
Dim 1 circle 1.4mts 2 arched windows 1.10Mt x 0.74Mt

Date completed
Nov. 2003

Text
The work should be atmospheric, spiritual and poetic rather than directly religious in content.
I found that in the discussions with the church members the symbolism led me to think in terms of a local Creation Window.
I have therefore treated the three sections as belonging to one overall concept.
The circular window has a dynamic of its own which I have increased.
The two lower windows which can be viewed from quite close contain local themes and images personal to the donor.

Technique
Mouth Blown Antique Flashed Glass, extensive multi-layer etching, painting and silver-staining

Index
church, symbolic




Project Title
The Lockerbie Memorial Window

Description
Window made up of 6 sections

Location
Lesser Town Hall Lockerbie.

Dimensions
Dim: 3 @ 2290 x 815mm and 3 @ 920 x 815mm

Date completed
Dec. 1991

Text
This window was commissioned following the tragedy of Pan Am Flight 103 which occurred on the 21st of December 1988 and struck the Scottish town of Lockerbie.
It was also made clear that the window should be a ”memorial” of the disaster and not, in any way a reminder. It was decided that the only area which could safely be explored was that of the flags of the nations of the people killed.

Technique
Mouth Blown Antique Flashed Glass, extensive multi-layer etching, painting and silver-staining

Index
Secular, memorial



Project Title
Cafe Gandolfi, A Flock of Fishes

Description
Two panels suspended on a metal frame within the interior of this famous Glasgow Cafe

Location
Cafe Gandolfi - Glasgow

Dimensions
Main panels, 1520 x 1060mm.

Date completed
1984 and 1987

Text
These are the oldest windows that I have on my web site to date.
They have become very well known because of their presence in this landmark Cafe in Glasgow.
I see them often when I am in Glasgow.

Technique
Mouth Blown Antique Flashed Glass, etching, painting and silver-staining

Index
Secular


Project Title
The Christ Windows, Holy Trinity Church, Shanghai.

Description
The first phase of the Holy Trinity Project was to create three windows taken from events in the Life of Christ. These are The Baptism, The Garden of Gethsemene and the Ascension.

Location
The Holy Trinity Church, Shanghai.

Dimensions
Dim. 3 x 3.5mts x 0.75mts

Date completed
2011

Text
The concept from the clients here was to make new windows that feel as though they were from the time that the building was first erected, 1870 aprox.
This was the first phase of the project for three windows behind the altar.

Technique
Mouth Blown Antique Flashed Glass, extensive etching, painting and silver-staining

Index
Church, symbolic, figurative









Project Title
Stonelaw Chuch, The Dawson Bequest Window<

Description
Five lancets and tracery, on the theme of the Holy Spirit

Location
Stonelaw Church in Rutherglen, Scotland

Dimensions
4 @ 1.8Mt x 55cm, 1 @ 2.3 x 70, Tracery

Date completed
Jan. 1999

Text
This window was made on the theme of the workings of the Holy Spirit.
It is another version of the text and symbolism concept that so interested me at the time.
The tracery is entirely New Testament quotations and the main lancets are text with symbolism.

Technique
Mouth Blown Antique Flashed Glass, extensive multi-layer etching, painting and silver-staining

Index
Church, symbolic, textual


Project Title
Domaine Mechtildshausen - Fundamental Elements

Description
The first four windows for this project for the entrance way to the Market Hall

Location
Domaine Mechtildshausen, near Wiesbaden

Dimensions
2 x 2.5 Mts x 0.82Mts , 2 x 1.7Mts x 0.82Mts

Date completed
July. 2003

Text
The first series of windows for the Domaine based on the concept of Fundamental Elements.
They were the first purely abstract windows I have made and began the series of the ”Controlled Spontaneity” that I am still working with.

Technique
Mouth Blown Antique Flashed Glass, extensive multi-layer etching and silver-staining

Index
Secular, abstract


Project Title
Glenmorangie Still Room

Description
This is a window based on the Pictish Stone located at Lybster in the North East of Scotland. Glenmorangie use a stylized form of the central part of this image as thier crest seen on the label of each bottle of Glenmorangie whisky.

Location
Glenmorangie Distilery, Lybster, Scotland.

Dimensions
Central Panel 1.30Mt x 1.30Mt

Date completed
2010

Text
An amazing and unusual project for the Glenmorangie Distillery. The window is located high on the North wall of the Still Room, where the whisky is produced. The design is based on the relief sculpted Pictish Stone found at Lybster.
The Window itself is a relief sculpted panel created by melting glass into a relief sculpted mold.
The glass used for this project was Bullseye Glass.

Index
abstract, symbolic


Project Title
Oakshaw Trinity Church - The Heritage Window

Description
Single window marking the unification of four churches

Location
Oakshaw Trinity Church, Paisley, Scotland

Dimensions
900mm x 2700mm

Date completed
1996

Text
Theme of Separation and Re-unification.
This window was commissioned to mark the reunification of four churches situated in very close to one another in Paisley in Scotland.
The window is not located in the main part of the church but in a side room which contains the history of the churches.
It was completed in 1996 and unveiled by HRH The Princess Royal.

Technique
Mouth Blown Antique Flashed Glass, etching, painting and silver-staining

Index
Church, symbolic


Project Title
Queen’s Park Synagogue

Description
Half Dome.

Location
Formerly Queen‘s Park Synagogue - presently in storage

Dimensions
20 sq/mts

Date completed
1992

Text
The largest window in the synagogue and not really part of the theme of The Jewish Festivals.
Following the closure of Queen’s Park, this work was removed and at present is in storage until we find something suiable to do with it.

Technique
Mouth Blown Antique Flashed Glass, extensive multi-layer etching, painting and silver-staining

Index
synagogue, abstract, textual



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