Monthly Archives: June 2017

The Lord Mayor of London: Stained Glass Coat of Arms Unveiled

I was delighted to be asked by The Worshipful Company of Painter Stainers, to create in stained glass the coat of arms of the Lord Mayor of London Andrew Parmley.

The stained glass panel features the motto ‘Deus Tibi Parmula Fortis’ which maybe translated as ‘God is a strong shield to you’. The scallop shell also appears in the design, representing St James of Compostella, Patron Saint of St James Garlickhythe where Andrew Parmley has been the organist for over 30 years. Another notable feature are two blue cats above the helm, symbols of natural strength, agility, wisdom and learning.

The window is installed in the Great Hall at Painters Hall in London, where it was unveiled by the Lord Mayor on 25th May 2017 at The Barnett Dinner celebrations.

The new coat of arms, of The Lord Mayor of London, Andrew Parmley. Unveiled on 25th May 2017.

The new coat of arms, of The Lord Mayor of London, Andrew Parmley. Unveiled on 25th May 2017.

New Work in Enamelled Steel for St Cuthbert’s, Portsmouth.

In March 2017 I spent a concentrated and inventive time working on a new commission for an enamelled steel reredos at St Cuthbert’s Church in Copnor, Portsmouth.

This is my second commission from St Cuthbert’s, and the reredos was commissioned to match our ‘Vortex’ font completed in 2013.  The visual combination of the decorative backdrop, and the sculpted font will create a brave and unique coupling, bringing the visual centre of the worship space to the altar.

The reredos, measuring 2.5m wide x 5m high, was created during an intense period of creativity at A J Wells & Sons.  Wells created some beautiful bespoke colours for the piece which were a delight to use. I worked the enamels for long hours between firings, in order to realise this complex composition.  My time at the factory culminated in a visit from the client who, I think it is fair to say, were amazed and elated at the scale and finish of the artwork that had unfolded.

It is always a joy to bring a concept to life; and the challenge of wrestling the composition and colour into submission at full scale is also creatively thrilling.

The reredos is finally lifted into position by the installation team.

The reredos is finally lifted into position by the installation team.