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Welcome to this new version of my website.


A few months ago I set up a website under my own name. That site,www.john-kenneth-clark.com is basically a mirror site to this one.
The old version of the glasspainter.com website was getting old and shabby and was too much work to update and maintain properly. This version has a much cleaner look and it is possible to create new indexes for projects quite quickly.
Most recently, I have added an index for the Kenya Project and an index for a lovely set of small abstract windows for a church in Germany. I have kept the project viewer feature. Mouse over a thumbnail, you see an image on the screen, click on the thumbnail and you will be taken to that project.
detail from John Paul stained glass window design for Pisa Baptistry
Pisa Baptistry

This is a link to the Pisa Baptistry Designs Index.
We, myself and the Derix Studio, were one of the selected studios to design a new set of four windows for the Baptistry in Pisa. This index shows what I presented for this project. Unfortunately, our concept was not selected. It did however give me an opportunity to design in this figurative Neo-Gothic style.
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ABOUT ME

I have worked with so many different materials and methods over the last years that glass artist doesn't really cover what I do anymore. I tend to think of myself as a commissioned artist. I don't really mind what kind of project I am designing for, if I understand the material and techniques, you can design for it. The best example of this, is for the recent Kenya project. Also due to this project, I have become involved with film.
As can be seen from these projects, I don't work to any kind of style. I make what I consider to be suitable for a project. I am interested in all methods of creating mainly architectural works. For the Kericho project, I have worked with bullseye glass and float glass to create glass relief sculptures. Terra-cotta tiles, to create the pattern on the roofs. Clay and silicone and plaster, to create the bronze relief sculptures. Natural stone, to create the mosaic, soap stone, for the statuary. This project has brought me to film making.

RECENT NEWS

In the last few years, I have been very active in the Kericho Project and therefore not getting involved much with other projects. During this time, I have made two phases for the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Shanghai. These are figurative works. Very recently, I submitted designs for the Pisa Baptistry project, sadly, not successful. I have completed a set of small windows for a church in Hermannsacker, in Germany. These were designed about ten years ago, but now finally made.
This is a short film from old video material that I had about the Queen’s Park Synagogue. At the time I edited this little film, I had forgotten that more video was made. I now have this and once I get it transferred to a form I can use, I will make a new video about this project.
A short video, more slide show, about the window I made for The Castle - in Pinehurst. NC. This is a tremendously complex work utilising mainly multi-layered glass etching.
The first complex video I made. It shows the process from design to installation of the two rose windows for the Holy Trinity Cathedral in Shanghai. Three facades are now completed for this ongoing project.
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Glasgow Cathedral Millennium Window Revisited May 2016

It is interesting to look at this work again after 16 years.
One of the many lovely thing about glass is that it ages very slowly. The window is as was, so is the building. Things made to endure. Sadly, we age much quicker.
Often, when I see modern windows form the last twenty, thirty years, I look to see how they now feel in their environment. Sometimes, things which looked great at the time they were installed, now look awkward either because of the the techniques used or the design concept which was maybe fashionable at the time. Even the glass world has its fashions as new techniques and approaches become possible. My own philosophy for work in historical buildings is that it is better to be appropriate rather than fashionable... read more
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Trinity Windows - St. Mauritius - Hermannsacker.
A set of three small windows on the Theme of the Trinity for St. Mauritius, in Hermannsacker. A delightful set of abstract, highly etched windows.
These are the most recently completed works of mine in Germany. They were designed around 10 years ago, but the project stalled. I was finally able to undertake these windows in February and they were installed and dedicated during Pentecost 2017.
As with most of my works, They were made at the Derix Studios in Taunusstein.
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KERICHO PROJECT

This is a detail from one of the stations of the cross panels. These are relief sculpted panels made entirely of Bullseye Glass, there is no painting involved. This is a method I have been developing over the last years and has been the approach used in the Kericho Panels.
These panels were made with Florence Wangui who has been the major artist of the Kericho Project.
This index shows images of the various artworks of this amazing project.
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ACCEPT BITCOIN

Within the last year, I became aware of the emergence of Bitcoin and some other crypto currencies. Since then, I have noticed the similarity of this development and the beginning of the internet.
I don't really expect anyone to order a project using Bitcoin or one of the other major digital currencies, but I want to register my support for the concept.