Today my dear friend Nils Burwitz has completed a very important project with the inauguration of his stained glass installation in the Church of Sant Antoni Abad in S. Ferriol, Mallorca. The artist has a long experience with stained glass (see his website for more examples), but this particular project is very special for different reasons.
I knew his preliminary project studies, made in watercolour, and he has been able to translate the transparency and delicate washes of this medium to the true transparency of glass. Click to see a bigger version:
Each window pane (80 x 165 cm) is made up of three glass layers. The most external layer is a double protection sheet reinforced with a tempered glass cover. The second layer contains the design, which is overlaid and painted with special enamels, then "baked" at high temperatures (over 600ºC). The third layer is made with a technique known as slumping and contains a transparent emboss with the numbers of the Ten Commandments.
Some examples of the windows: of course the only way to fully appreciate them is seeing the light pass through!
See other posts about Nils Burwitz and his art in this blog.