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work in glass for the exhibiition Beasts, Mosters and Mysteries

Martin Crampin, Ffenestr Ystrad Fflur I / Strata Florida Window I

work in glass for the exhibiition Beasts, Mosters and Mysteries

Martin Crampin, Ffenestr Ystrad Fflur II / Strata Florida Window II

These images are based on two patterns from the fourteenth-century tiles at Strata Florida. The former abbey church had tiled pavements in the presbytery and transept chapels and many can still be seen collected in the south transept chapels. These pieces were made as part of my exhibition Patterns, Monsters and Mysteries, currently showing in Narberth (see previous post).

We know that the windows at Strata Florida were glazed and a few small fragments of window glass have been found there in excavations. However, the Cistercian rule had a preference for patterned, rather than figurative glass, and Strata Florida Window II is partly inspired by grisaille stained glass of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries.

As well as the main exhibition, I am also exhibiting a set of photographs of stained glass from churches in Wales at Queen’s Hall, Narberth.

Both exhibitions run until 6 September 2014, Wednesday – Saturday 10–5.

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