March 29, 2008

Whitefriar's/Powell Videos

These videos have been making the rounds on the SG forums for weeks but busy times mean I'm only getting round to posting them now. They are well worth a watch - The first is specifically related to the techniques of stained glass, as demonstrated within the studio of Powell's/Whitefriar's in England. No date given, but maybe 1950's. It's about 10 minutes long.

here's a link to the page if that doesn't work.

Note that these are English style techniques, like tracing the drawing and cutting the glass on the tracing. It's more common in the US to make multiple copies of the working drawing and cut up one copy to make paper patterns.

Also, it's interesting to see one of the older 'pizza oven' style kilns in operation, where the painted glass is fired by moving it from a warming chamber to a firing chamber to an annealing chamber, making it possible to continuously fire pieces, essential at a time where almost all the windows produced were painted.

There is another video related to Powell/Whitefriar's, though this time a recent video looking back to the studio through a visit to Grace and Holy Trinity Church in Kansas City, Missouri..

If this isn't working here's a link to the page.

These are on, which I think is better at this point for videos related to stained glass than YouTube. YouTube is already cluttered with way, way too many bad how-to videos, and the search capabilities don't help much.

Still, I've been scouring though SG-related videos over the past few weeks and will be posting more videos as the fancy strikes me.

Posted by Tom at March 29, 2008 07:17 AM