Professional Stained Glass Artist Winners
Reflections of the Lord Mayor has offered the Worshipful Company of Glaziers and Painters of Glass an opportunity to invite the Livery’s artist members, members of the British Society of Master Glass Painters (BSMGP) and members of the Contemporary Glass Society (CGS) to submit designs for the “Reflections of the Lord Mayor” roundel to be presented at its gala dinner on Monday 13th May 2019.
Julia Gonyou – 2018 Competition Winner
The square mile perimeter of The City of London is sandblasted from mouth-blown red flashed glass. Using the sandblaster free-hand and with a fluid resist, the effects of water effectively translates onto blue flashed glass. These two vibrant pieces of glass are double plated as the centre of the composition. Sandblasting creates a fine semi-opaque texture with many tonal transitions in-between, though further high-kiln firings smoothen and clarify this texture. Gestural strokes of yellow silver stain, applied to the reverse sides, deepen the visual layers while reinforcing further imagery and offering notes of optimism. Certain details are outlined with black paint while others appear to be suspended within the layers; this combination directly relates to the spectrum of defined and variable responsibilities of the Lord Mayor himself.
The golden ships symbolise the Lord’s continuous involvement with various maritime liveries, charities and companies. These vessels sail from the outline of the City of London and it’s overlapping cityscape – England’s financial and resourceful capital – to navigate and reinforce a nation of competent, innovative and empowered individuals. The circulating force of the yellow and blue wave cradles the city, embodies the Earth and carries our influential contributions to the global community.
In the border, certain sandblasted and painted motifs further describe the Lord’s connections to The House of Lords, The Goldsmiths and The Wheelwrights liveries, and highlight once again the history between The City of London and of England. This Roundel is designed to be a platform for Alderman the Lord Mountevans to reflect on the positive tides he set in motion and to give him cause to revel in tranquil contemplation.
Jayne Ford – 2017 Competition Winner
Jayne Ford is a Manchester-based stained glass artist who uses both traditional and contemporary decorative glass techniques. She began her career in 2010 with a Glaziers’ Company Training award at Pugin, Hardman and Powell Studio in Birmingham. In 2014, she won the Stevens Architectural Glass Competition and the Award for Craftmanship for a window design for Addenbrooke’s Hospital in Cambridge, completing the commission later that year. She now works from her own studio in the Northwest carrying out restoration glass-painting alongside new-build projects.
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I was inspired to enter the roundel competition because of the range and diversity of charities supported by the work of the Lord Mayor. The interests of Sir Roger Gifford lend themselves particularly well to an artistic project such as this. I have represented his musical and cultural charity interests by including dancers’ silhouettes in the roundel and by including a border painted with musical notation extracted from a piece by the Baroque composer J.S. Bach.
I also included imagery of children playing musical instruments and symbolically “breaking free” to illustrate the opportunities given to children via the musical charities supported by Sir Roger such as Future for Kids, Mayor’s Fund for young Musicians and Sir John Cass’s Foundation. The children are shown in a section with snowfall to provide a reference to Sir Gifford’s appointment to the Ada Lewis Winter Distress Fund.
The centre focus of the roundel is a stylised silhouette of the City of London Skyline, reflected in the waters of the Thames to highlight the Lord Mayor Reflects event, and shown within a sunburst to give a celebratory feel to the artwork.
The roundel is displayed in a forged steel stand made specifically for this project by the blacksmith Don Barker. Don is a former Prime Warden of the Worshipful Company of Blacksmiths and I appoint him to make metalwork to display my stained-glass panels and larger-scale sculptural glass.