When beauty finds you it can literally take your breath away….
I went to St Mary’s church in Sunny Swansea to look at the window’s last week.
The church is large and suprisingly has no pews just foldable chairs and somwhow feels more open for the lack of them. it feels immense so very high and wide welcoming and, churchlike.
There has been a church on the site since circa 1328, despite poor thing being bombed extensively in the Blitz in February 1941 and not even rebuilt untill the 1950’s.
The modern embroidered alter cloth was a suprise however, a happy one as it looks so very appropriate laying there.
I do have to tell you that the church coffee shop when open, does a very fine cup of tea thanks be to the fine ladies of the church who fed me that plus an amazing tuna sandwich, chocolate cup cake all for under £3:00.
The Martin Donlin “God will be their light” window on the West wall is so amazing, but impossible to capture in a photograph, unless you utilise your tea cup it would seem.
It sets such a beautiful light onto the place, comforting,warm,peacefull. After a sojourn past other window’s I found myself in the Chapel of the Holy Trinity hidden behind the alter and didn’t know who’s windows I was looking at, but fell in love with them just the same.
So thanks be to Google I was then made aware that they are (of course!!) by John Piper and Patrick Reytiens in 1966……the colours are just spectacular and so vivid, I love the whole and it’s composite’s, the leading everything. The dorsal Painting on the wall reminds me of those very old paper journal’s like watermarks or petrol on a road all myriad and luminous somehow.
My amazing tutor glass artist Lisa Burkl has a window there too called “Jacobs Ladder” it has a clear and decisive place to the right of the West wall as you enter the church. I liked it very much, particularly when you look at it from outside and see clearly the Silver stained angels, I LOVE that it has a beauty and a message that speaks to the onlooker even from its outside. The vivid blues and shapes are so captivating and she the mist modest of all will think I am only saying this to guarentee myself good grades from her, which is not true. If I did not like the window and it was not to my taste or appeal then nothing in the world could alter that…..I would always say that I didn’t, it’s just the way I am sadly.
So four new windows have joined my favourite window list…….