St Nicholas’ Church Radford Semele Leamington Spa UK

First of the five windows I did for St Nicholas; The Resurrection window, sumbolising the rejevenation of this church after it burnt down.  Christ crucified brings the burnt forest around the edges alive.  Hope and life goes out from God bringing death to life.  Fruit grows, children play. This area of the church is the old altar area, now used for Children's activities.
Window 2 of five I made for this church.  This is the Prayer window in the prayer corner. Made entirely of fused glass bricks.  The window invokes resting in the presence of God.
Window 3 of five windows I made for this church.  A war memorial window. The names of those who have fallen are on a detachable panel that can be replaced with a reprinted list as more names are added.
Window 4 of five windows I made for this church.  This window depicts St Nicholas, a bishop on whom Father Christmas is based.  His attributes are three pennies because he was generous and three children who drowned in a barrel.
Window 5 of five windows I made for this church.  This 75ft wide window is encapsulated in double glazing and is high up under the eaves above the altar.  There is a cross and an Alpha and Omega sandblasted onto it.
Resurrection Window detail; Christ's head.  On lightbox before installation.
Resurrection Window; In the traceries the are items that symbolize resurrection: from left to right; a dolphin, a lamb, an egg, a lilly, a peacock feather and a peacock butterfly.
Resurrection Window detail
Resurrection Window, detail; On light box before installation.
Resurrection Window, detail of fruit and new growth. On light box before installation.
Prayer Window; the right hand tracery.  A water droplet in the shape of a crown represents Christ the King.
Prayer Window, detail.  Made of fused glass and lead came.
Prayer Window, detail.
Prayer Window, detail.  Orange rocks at the base of the waterfall represent people soaking in the presence of God.  Made with fused glass melted together in the kiln.
Prayer Window detail.  Fused glass.
Prayer Window; Bullseye make of glass is cut out and placed on top of one another in the kiln before firing.
Prayer Window; Bullseye make of glass cut out and placed on top of one another and placed in the kiln before firing.
Prayer Window; This is that same piece after firing to 775 degrees C.
Prayer Window: the glass is fused into bricks of melted glass of different colours.
Prayer Window. The fused glass is made into the right shape so that each piece fits together. It will be joined together using lead came.  The black felt tip lines you can see below are where the edges of the sheet lead will come to.
Prayer Window; the fused glass bricks before leading.
Prayer Window. The bricks are joined together with lead and copper sheet is cut to the watery shapes and soldered onto the lead came. The copper sheeting is then covered in solder.
Prayer Window; metal sheeting covered in solder.
Prayer Window; in reflected light.  Sheet metal was cut to shape and soldered to the lead came lattice beneath and covered in solder on top.  Fused glass picks up electric light so it glitters after dark.
I had a detail from the prayer window printed on material and made into a dress by Emily Burns https://www.firecrestmode.co.uk
Prayer Window; Being installed by Bryan Pavely of Ark Stained Glass. One of the most skilled glaziers in the country.
St Nicholas Window: Bryan on the scaffolding outside installing the window.
My original design for window 5, the 74ft wide one.  The committee chose a simpler design in the end.  I was both disappointed and relieved. This is a stunning design representing torn cloth for the temple curtain being ripped in two at Christ's death. But it would have taken fifteen times longer to make.

I helped rejuvenate this devastated church.  It was a terrific honour and remains my commission with the biggest number of windows all made by me in one building.   I competed against four other stained glass artists and won the commission to design and make five windows for St Nicholas Church in Leamington Spa. The church had burnt down and Caroe Architects redesigned and rebuilt it with me supplying the windows.  I featured on a Songs of Praise TV program talking about these windows.  It was a privilege to be part of the rebirth of this church, which is now beautiful and full of people doing fruitful activities.

The Resurrection window above the old altar symbolizes rebirth and renewal.

The blue prayer window was made entirely of fused glass bricks and suggests resting in the presence of God, recieving from Him without striving. The orange rocks represent people who sit still and and un-striving while God’s power and blessings fall on them and swirl around them.  People’s prayers go up to the Trinity symbols in the traceries and God’s answers and blessings go down onto the people.  In the traceries the wave on the left symbolizes the Holy Spirit, the mountain in the centre symbolizes God the Father and the droplet in the shape of a crown symbolizes Christ the King

There is a memorial window for those who fell in the wars. It has a detachable panel so that the list of names can be reprinted and replaced.

There is a window depicting St Nicholas made of a combination of fused and flat glass.

At the very top above the new altar is a 75ft wide triangular clear glass panel which has been sandblasted with a simple cross and Alpha and Omega.  It was then encapsulated in double glazing by Saper Glass in Barking.