Detail of "Mathematicians" a stained glass portrait of Sir Roger Penrose and student by Debora Coombs

Mathematicians: new window for Open Studio, Oct 4th & 5th, 10-5

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Here’s my latest stained glass piece, a portrait of British mathematician Sir Roger Penrose. A cloud of his famous tiling patterns and a’ film strip’ of Superman images connect a bemused looking Penrose to his student. I made the panel for a recent show in Stockbridge, Massachusetts. It marks the start of some new work (drawings and 3-D glass structures as well) that have mathematical underpinnings.

The site in the gallery for “Mathematicians” provided an interesting technical challenge because there was so little natural light available. More than half of the area behind the stained glass is white painted wood, with 4 small square window panes in the center. So I used a fair bit of opalescent glass (shirts, books and tablecloth) and laid smooth mattes (umber, sepia and bistre brown) over all the flesh areas to hold the light and prevent transparency. The white background areas are cut in old factory glass (like Luxfer prisms) that is transparent, but has deep ridges to scatter the light.

I’d love the chance to talk about my latest enthusiasms, so do come and visit if you can: Sat Oct 4th or Sun 5th. Please spread the word.

I’ll also be assembling the petals of a 5ft rose window (fitting the painted, fired glass into a soldered lead matrix); showing videos; and cutting glass for two new stained glass windows for Trinity Episcopal in Branford CT.

AND -if you’ve ever wanted to learn to cut glass- stop by at 11am or 3pm for a demonstration and free glass cutting lesson. I will have tools and scrap glass available.

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