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Jude Tarrant

Stained Glass Artist, Designer and Glass Painter

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Artist Profile

My early training in stained glass included working with the glasspainter Harold Thompson who was then the stained glass artist working at Chichester Cathedral in Sussex. I also joined various life drawing classes to gain more drawing expertise. Later I was engaged as a part-time lecturer in stained glass from 1984-8 for Portsmouth Institute for Further Education and Southdown's College, Purbrook, Hampshire, however work commitments since that time have prevented me from offering teaching or training courses.  


Conservation:

Since the foundation of Sunrise Stained Glass studio in 1982 I have been fortunate to have worked on many large scale restoration projects and which would only have been possible with the combined skills of a team of craftsmen. This collaboration has included nearly three decades of work at Chichester Cathedral through several phases of glass and stone conservation, finally completing the restoration of all stained and leaded windows at the Cathedral in 2009.


As a master glass painter and conservator I have restored windows by many respected artists such as Marc Chagall, Arnold de Nijmegen, Christpher Whall, Morris & Co, Christopher Webb, Powells, Hugh Easton, David Evans, Thomas Willement and many other notable makers.

The need to match the diversity of style and fine painting techniques of these earlier master craftsmen has led me to evolve diverse approaches to my own glass painting techniques in the new commissions I have undertaken, whether abstract and contemporary or more representational in approach.  In 2001 I was elected an Associate of the British Society of Master Glass Painters.


Hot Glass and Kiln Formed Work:

I have worked in kiln fused glass technique over the years and incorporated this into some of my commissions. However recently I have been happy working more ‘free-style’ with hot glass and the new challenge of decorating glass on a very much smaller scale than usual using lampworking techniques.


I have been commissioned to make windows for private homes (some historic and some very modern) for offices, schools and a prison, although most of my work is for places of worship.  This is probably the greatest challenge of all, to deal with traditional religious themes in a contemporary manner. I use a range of techniques to interpret my designs, including acid-etching and sand-blasting, painting and staining, mostly in traditional leaded technique. I seek a fluid response to my subject matter or design brief, and so my approach is sometimes painterly and abstract and at other times emphasises more precisely representational elements.



Experience

I work on a commission basis only, each project is carefully considered with regard to the requirements of the surrounding architectural detail and artistic possibilities offered. After an initial discussion with the client to establish the design brief (which can be a loose idea or have exact requirements on subject matter, style etc) I usually prefer to visit the site where the window will be installed with the client.  Once guidelines for a design are finally established I will present my design drawn to scale in watercolour, and an estimate of the cost of making and installing the window. At this stage I charge a fee to cover travelling expenses and a contribution towards initial design costs proportionate to the size of the commission.  To produce the design I usually allow 6 – 8 weeks.  Once approval of the final design is given and a completion time agreed I will produce a full scale ‘cartoon’ of the window, and the client is free to view the work at this stage and see the choice of glass, etc. Studio visits to see the work in various stages of progress is welcomed by previous arrangement.



Makers Procedure

Makers Philosophy

The Gilbert White Memorial windows were included in a double page colour  feature in the Winter 1993 edition of the SGAA magazine, also in the Daily Telegraph June 28th, The  Winchester Way, The Times and Country Life and The News on July 2nd.  The Spring 1995 World Edition of SGAA magazine featured other work.

In December 1997 I appeared on 'Classic Interiors' T.V. programme at Palace House, Beaulieu talking about stained glass and displaying one of my windows.

A colour feature appeared in 'The Independent' in June 1998.

Inclusion of my work in the book by Lynette Wrigley 'Stained Glass Design Sourcebook' in September 1998.

November 11th 1998 Portsmouth Evening News had a full-page colour article on my stained glass work.

In 1998 and August 2001 appeared on BBC Radio Solent and on Wiltshire Radio in January 2001 discussing stained glass.

March 2004 featured my ‘Green Man of Beauworth’ window on the BBC website ‘Religion & Ethics’ section for Easter and the Green Man from the St Aldhelm series of windows appeared in the 2004 brochure of courses of Nottingham University.

The Gilbert White Memorial window has been featured in many publications, the most recent being the front cover of a new Biography of Gilbert White by Richard Mabey, published by the University of Virginia Press in 2006.  

The window itself appears in ‘England’s Thousand Best Churches’ by Simon Jenkins: “The two White memorial windows are in the south aisle. The east window is more moving…the glass is clear and permits a view of nature beyond, but includes roundels of rabbits, a turtle, a hedge-hog and a bat. It is among the loveliest of 20th-century windows”.



Featured Work

“Always being inspired by the vibrancy of colour and texture of handmade glass, I hope the joy it evokes shines through my work.”


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