Another ongoing project is the Chapel at Abingdon School Oxfordshire.
Artist Nick Mynheer was commissioned by the School to design 10 new windows for their chapel. Nick produces the designs and then provides Davia with paintings for her to interpret and realise as fully fused glass. These are panels approx 15mm thick made using “Bullseye” fusing compatible glass. The coloured glass sheets and glass frits are laid in layers and multiple fired creating a three dimensional effect. It’s both a very artistic and technical process.
We have already made three fused panels and four sandblasted design panels with fused glass elements bonded to the surface, for the alter windows. We have recently been commissioned through Nick Mynheer to make two more fused windows and four sandblasted design windows with fused elements bonded to the surface for the remaining chapel windows.
Davia and Chris Walmsley along with their son Joe and his partner Becca took part in The Big Bike Ride on Sunday 27 March 2011.
Setting off from Westminster Abbey cycling the 65 miles to St Nicholas Church in Islip, Oxfordshire. It turned out to be a beautiful spring day cycling through the Chilterns to Great Missenden and then onto Islip. There were some 100 cyclists in all and the journey took about 7 hours with several welcome refreshment stops manned by volunteers from the church. We are quite new to cycling and were somewhat apprehensive at first – there are some big hills in the Chilterns, a bit tough going up but exhilerating coming down. This wasn’t a race, of course, so we took our time and felt remarkably well at the finish, this could become quite addictive! And what a very pleasant surprise as we climbed up the last short hill to St Nicholas’s Church to clapping and cheering onlookers, this must be like “Le Tour”
A thoroughly enjoyable day, we can only thank the good people of Islip for their support and hospitality and wish them great success with their fund raising efforts.
Anyway, back to work, we have a very big screen to make!!
Drawing on our strong history of collaboration with non-glass artists on bespoke projects, we have extended this relationship to create a new range of standard designs. Working with Yorkshire based Artist and Architect Susan Parker; we have used our design and manufacturing experience to bring her naturalistic style to a versatile glass product. Ideal as screening, windows, or doors these new etched designs have been layered on both sides of the glass to create their multi-tonal, 3 dimensional effects.
As with all our etched, sandblasted designs you can be assured of their long term quality thanks to our use of “Clearshield” low maintenance surface protection, on all our sandblasted products. For more information visit www.ritec.co.uk
One of our many laminated glass products, our Sheer Delight range provides a unique alternative to conventional wall panelling. Currently available in Gold, Silver and Bronze; Sheer Delight is a perfect high gloss, luxurious, wall covering for kitchens, bathrooms and, as seen here, public spaces too. The rich colours of the fabrics we use are intensified when paired with the bright reflectivity of mirror, as can be seen here.
Working for HOK International and Exxon Mobil, we have created glass signage for 3 Exxon Mobil offices Asia and the Middle East. Cast in 32mm thick Glass, every letter is handmade to the exacting standards demanded for such global industrial leaders, in a style never used before this project (Fig 1). In (Fig 2) you see the letters bonded onto a, characteristically Exxon Mobil red, glass panel before shipping, and in (Fig 3) you can see another example bonded to timber wall panelling.