Dylan Thomas Glass Competition2014- The 62 entries
With the success of the exhibition for the Dylan Thomas International Glass Competition, the CGS thought it would be a good idea to highlight all those who entered the competition in order be able to view works online. The CGS worked in conjunction with UWTSD, to highlight those that entered work.
Central to the University’s celebration of the centenary of Dylan’s birth, the University is launching an international competition for glass artists in order to encourage excellence in the areas of glass.
The new transformed University has a unique relationship with Wales’ greatest English language poet both in the geographical location of its campuses – in Carmarthenshire, Ceredigion and Swansea – and also in its commitment to the performing and creative arts.
Swansea has a long history in the field of glass. The course founder, Howard Martin was invited in 1935 to run an evening class at what was then Swansea Art College, two years after he and his cousin Hubert Thomas had successfully set up the firm of Martin & Thomas. After the war the course developed into the Architectural Stained Glass Department and has prospered ever since. The University’s Swansea School of Glass has an international reputation and practitioners from around the world are invited to participate in this competition.
HARMONY : The theme for the competition
Glass artists worldwide were invited to submit designs for a 40cm x 40cm decorative or stained glass panel in response to the word "Harmony". During May 2014, a judging panel shortlisted works to be exhibited at Swansea Waterfront Museum in July 2014. At the opening a prize award of £1000 was to be presented to the winner with the panel being exhibited for the next year at the Dylan Thomas Centre and then becoming part of the Swansea School of Glass Collection.
All of the work exhibited will form part of a centenary catalogue with a view to a subsequent publication celebrating both of these international awards. It is anticipated that the winning artist will be invited to be commissioned by the University for a combined piece of work as an on-going tribute to Dylan Thomas.
The CGS online show was launched on the 30th of July 2014.
Approach: This piece of stained glass is a response to the dramatic, repetitive and harmonious descriptions of the word "Black", to convey the night time, as used in the first few lines of "Under Milk Wood“
2 Glebelands, Station Road
Approach: Harmony might not have been the most obvious quality coming to the mind
while reading Dylan Thomas's passionate poetry and prose. The surrealistic images
at first appearing, however, gave way in the end to the sublime tranquility
suggested by nature. The images of butterflies symbolize transformation, resurrection, life's supremacy over death.
Sostra 4 - 10
Approach: I visited the boathouse at Laugharne (red spot) i listened to Dylan
reading Under Milkwood on the radio while i sketched the view from there.I made
5 silk-screens onto glass to portray this using the castle ruins and boathouse
under the sea as a kind of reflection. the work is plated and the horses on
the foam appear in different lights
303 sheen road
Approach: To me, 'Harmony' suggests music - the accord between musicians and
the varied sounds produced by their instruments,combine to thrill the senses -
or visual art, the relationship between colour and form.
Dylan Thomas's life was chaotic and discordant, but his genius in combining the
sonority of words with their evocative powers, created its own Harmony.
Approach: Inspired by the poem "Do Not Go Gently Into That Good Night"
I have used extracts to create a chaotic texture with my handwriting; the words
are disappearing from the glass surface, in contrast with the calm harmonious
backdrop of the rich blue and golden yellow, reminiscent of twilight.
Approach: This piece represents the importance of nature in Thomas's work
(The force that through the green fuse drives the flower), and depicts the view
he would have had from The Boathouse at Laugharne, where he wrote his great poems and stories.
For this work I acknowledge the assistance of Janet Stephen.
Alan E Lewis
Approach: Dylan Thomas' fondest memories were of his childhood by the sea.
He found inspiration and comfort in the serenity of the shoreline and the unpredictability of the elements and severity of life an industrialised Wales at that time fuelled his work.
Jane Elizabeth Phillips
10 Ruby Street
Saltburn by the sea
Approach: Harmonious and in command of the earth, this beautiful beech tree in a County Down wood has been my inspiration. Painted in grisaille on multifarious glass with silver stain detail, this panel illustrates a seasonal, polychromatic journey, the beauty of which is encapsulated by the poet's words.
Irene A McBride
Address1: Discovery Glass
Address2: 3 Killinchy Street
Address3: Comber, Co. Down
Post Code: BT23 5AP
Telephone No: 02891 870 181
Approach: 3 Layers of Bullseye 3mm glass full and tack fused together. Design hand painted with trace paint.
Design illustrates Harmony through colour choice - Black and white - Tree of Life - all things living in Harmony, Adam and Eve from the poem Fern Hill, - Apple relates to Dylan s Aunt's orchard.
19 Golwg Y Twr
Approach: "Under Milk Wood" contains for me the essence of Thomas's work: the celebration of human nature in all its facets. This particular scene seemed appropriate to the given theme of "Harmony".
Approach: The harmony of Thomas's vision lies in paradox - the paradox of life and death, creation and destruction, temporality and eternity, joy and grief. I allowed his powerful and sensuous poetic images to mix and meld in my mind. I used some of those images to suggest his kind of harmony.
Approach: The harmony between earth: heaven, darkness: light, turmoil: ecstasy is represented in both Thomas's life and his poetry. Some pathways through life are more tortuous than others and, although one may 'rage against the dying of the light', we will all reach the higher light which is beyond man's comprehension.
1 Balmoral Close
Approach: Harmony in Dylan Thomas's work can be found in his swirling interactions between people, their thoughts, and their place in nature. "Fern Hill" draws on all these ideas, weaving images, memories and feelings of childhood together. Harmony in that half waking state with which "Under Milkwood" also begins and ends.
Approach: Jacqueline Kennedy, first Lady, fashion setter, and member of the first historic preservation campaign in New York City. A woman who showed strength and gave unity to the world when her husband Johh F. Kennedy was assassinated. The portrait is made of silk-screened enamel which is kiln fired on glass.
Approach: Cwmdonkin Park - Swansea Bay - The Mumbles - Our Star the Sun.
"Swansea's two tongued sea...........the louder the sun blooms
And the tusked, ramshackling sea exhults.
....... in the sun that is young once only......" Dylan Thomas.
Dylan Eil Ton, Sea Son of the Waves.
The Sun, Sea, the Horizon,the Starry Sky.
16 PARK STREET,
Approach: Rainbow estuary swirl mouthblown sheet,'fishwife cross'divides waveborn Dylan's 'seashaken'frame.Air,fire,water,earth spin infinity loop,spacetime axis,receding rhyme,painted deeps.Poetprophet laments drowned lands,rejoices jumping hills. Straddling past/future,premonition 9/11 strawtower minarets,drubbing drones,rising waters arks.Fish-bird-man merges,survives,shared eyes,summer's end
Address1: 3 Perehipe Road, Whatuwhiwhi O483 New Zealand
Website: NZ Society Glass Artists(Northland artists)
Approach: I drew my inspiration from the child Dylan's happy summers spent at Fern Hill.
A stream meanders through ripe farmland. The sun is low, nightjars and owl are on the wing. Apple boughs hang heavy with fruit. Intertwining leadlines bind all together in perfect harmony.
Leaded, fused and sandblasted panel.
Approach: I interpreted 'Harmony' in the Welsh sense of 'Cynghanedd', whereby harmony is embodied in poetic form. Contemplating life and death, light and dark, I incorporated lines from Thomas's poem, 'Fernhill'. The palette and lace are influenced by the décor and furnishings of The Boathouse. The winter branches are from the churchyard by Thomas's grave.
Approach: Glass is all about flow and challenge so I love the idea of using it to honour Dylan Thomas.
"Prologue" is mellifluous and challenging at the same time, describing the Welsh countryside so intricately.
This glass piece is about balance, the harmony and rhythmic essence of nature, land and water.
Approach: My panel depicts the places that Dylan Thomas was most happiest. The panel's composition is The Boat House in Laugharne, and includes both kiln fired painting and etched glass. I have included references to Brown's Hotel, Kardomah Cafe and Fern Hill, together with a portrait of the poet himself.
Approach: I took inspiration from the poem Fern Hill, using the colours Thomas associates with it. I sketched from maps of Fern Hill, and abstracted them as I worked. The glass works in harmony as it is fusible. Tracing black brings out the detail in the design.
Approach: Sunrise, Sunset. The transience of time can be counted in seconds, minutes, days, years. Like a clock they pass by with a rhythm and tempo as if music. The different fragments join together to make a whole piece, expressing the lilt, pulse and instance of a spoken Dylan Thomas poem.
6 Barbara Grove
Approach: This is an attempt to capture in kiln-formed glass, the scene at the boathouse at Laugharne in Autumn which inspired Dylan, along with paper scraps of some of his published words relating to this place where, after many travails, he seemed to find harmony with family, environment and work.
8 Church Road
Vale of Glamorgan
Approach: This piece begins with a square of fine glass rods, woven together to mimic the movement of cloth. Just as Dylan Thomas harmoniously wove together his themes of procreation, life, living and death, I use this glass cloth to explore the natural and inevitable damage that occurs from ordinary life.
Approach: When I visited Laugharne I was intrigued by Dylan Thomas' writing shed and how it fitted seamlessly and harmoniously into the landscape. He was inspired by the view of the estuary and the Gower beyond. I am inspired by his shed and the surrounding landscape.
Approach: Alexander Cochrane was my great grandfather,he was killed whilst working as a sugarhouse fireman when a German bomb struck Walkers sugarhouse during the blitz on Greenock in 1941.I never knew him ,all I know is that he loved music.This year I found his gravestone and took rubbings of the inscription. This is Alexander's Harp.
Approach: Harmony.....'to fit together, to join'...
I have used a pastiche of images; Dylan Thomas, Caitlin, Poetry, The Boathouse, The Welsh Coast, The BBC. Images which join together to tell the story of and glimpse the passion that is Dylan Thomas.
Approach: Under Milk Wood's characters and setting inspired me. Diverse, cloudlike dreams are brought together, harmonised through shared experiences in the fishing village. Light changes the colours representing sharp angled cliffs and shifting sea, while wire additions hint at boat rigging. Nature's columns unite and support the dreamers as they sleep.
Approach: The inspiration for this panel is the imaginary town created by Dylan Thomas for 'Under Milk Wood'. His evocative use of metaphor set the scene even before the voices emerge. My response endeavours to capture the atmosphere of his imagery, acid etched into the fabric of this animated and harmonious townscape.
Approach: The sphere in the centre of this panel depicts the sun and the moon.
People sit around a campfire, peaceful, timeless. The sphere sits suspended above the wild hills and seas of nature. Framing the scene is a formal border symbolising strength and stability.
Dylan Thomas looks on... (Antique glass with sandblast detail)
Approach: Creation and destruction.
The life force and death.
Love and loss.
These were the themes Dylan wrestled with in his poetry and his life.
This panel celebrates the legacy of his writing and recognises his struggle.
We disappear but, hopefully, leave a trace.
"Though lovers be lost, love shall not."
Approach: Exploring the Swansea coast line, the Laugharne Estuary and Rhossilli beach has inspired this work. Reading Dylan Thomas's story 'Who do you wish was with us?' which is about a visit to Rhossilli and Worms Head also impacted the work. The images and musicality within its writing creates a certain harmony. The natural landscape seems to flood into his work.
89 Heol Gleien
Approach: My piece is inspired by Dylan Thomas's poem 'The Force That Through The Green Fuse Drives The Flower.' It deals with the processes of life and death, themes present in much of Dylan's work. The strong imagery and rich symbolism in the poem is perfect for translation into visual art.
Approach: Inspired by the quote "In pebbles of the Holy Stream" and the core themes of the work of Dylan Thomas, this piece questions order and structure, darkness and light and the balance and cycles of life as harmonious.
24b, Wick Road, Ewenny,
Vale of Glamorgan
Approach: In my own way I have worked the glass with paint, enamels and stain. I want to bring together, the natural world and the celtic influences in Dylans Thomas' life. The romanticism and his love for words seemed paramount and therefore are central to the piece.
7 Woolley Terrace
Bradford on Avon
Approach: The portrayal of the vital force of nature contrasts with the consciousness of death throughout this poem. My piece shows a vein, which can also be read as vegetation against a background of rushing water and leaves that are starting to turn autumn red - symbolising the death of all things.
Approach: In Under Milk Wood, the apparent harmony of the couple's morning routine is belied by Mr. Pugh's muttered words. I was attracted by Dylan Thomas's ironic humour in this scene.
16 Columbine Gardens
Post Code: CO14 8NL
Approach: This is a painted and leaded panel inspired by Dylan Thomas' calm and contemplation when he is writing. This piece is as if you are looking into his eyes and seeing his thoughts when inspired to create all of his works.
Belmont, Bentlass Road
Approach: This panel is inspired by an iconic photograph of Dylan Thomas in a quiet moment and the Boathouse in Laugharne where he lived for the last four years of his life. The processes used in this leaded panel are layered glass painting and silver stain.
Belmont, Bentlass Road
Approach: This piece depicts Dylan Thomas in a harmonious scene with Caitlin. Whilst Dylan pens 'Fern Hill', Caitlin offers an interpretation with watercolours. The poem bears some resemblance to a particular type of cynghanedd (harmony), an important element of Welsh prosody. In the background are references to 'Under Milk Wood'.
Approach: Fern Hill by Dylan Thomas evokes the fleeting joy of childhood: long summer days of freedom, play and connecting with nature. My son is on the cusp of leaving childhood. He is in his element, eyes bright, when he turns feral with his friends. Precious times! I celebrate him here.
1 Furze Lane
Approach: Dylan Thomas' richly textured poetry is deeply immersive and often provokes,in me, a response both melancholic and joyous in equal measure.
This panel references themes and imagery found in Thomas' work and seeks to express the sense of being simultaneously compelled and unsettled via the suggestion of unresolved storytelling.
Approach: This piece was inspired by the Dylan Thomas poem "We lying by seasand". To celebrate his centenary year a hundred piece's of fused and slumped glass ebb and flow together. The contours and the structure of the piece's suggest a harmony. Like waves of sound the patterns ripple and follow each other.
Approach: Images from 'Fern Hill' and Thomas' recurring theme of nature's eternal cycles (ideally experienced as perfect harmony) inspired me.
Using glass, coloured copper wire, brass, gold. aluminium and tracing paint, I have also referenced his meticulous selection and working of every word, combined with his lyricism, inventiveness and boundary breaking.
161, Slad Rd.,
Approach: This panel depicts two young brothers and their excited reactions to the animals that thy find while exploring the farm over Christmas time. The panel captures the essence of Dylan's A Child's Christmas in Wales in a dream like quality and is reminiscent of the warmth, laughter and smiles of the festive season.
Approach: The panel uses the yin-yang symbol to represent harmony, the balance of night and day and the contrast of an outwardly ordinary town with the innermost feelings of its inhabitants. The etched sea images capture the play's characters attempting to illustrate the richness and humour of Dylan Thomas' language.
15 Ronaldshaw Park
Approach: The work is inspired by a quote by Dylan Thomas...it depicts 2 delicate, etched pod-like forms within a pink aura...a field of subtle, luminous radiation which connotes perhaps power or holiness. The work is a thickly cast crystal panel (2.5cm thick), with blown glass components, finished with sandblasting, paint and hand engraving.
Approach: There are two main inspirations behind this panel, the first a dark emotional poem, 'I have longed to move away', Dylan is haunted by his home and needs to move away to rid of his terrible memories. Secondly, his bittersweet relationship with his hometown Swansea when he famously describes it as an, ugly, lovely town'.
49 High Street
Approach: Inspired by the words "invisible Starfall, dab filled sea, listen time passes".Floating iconic imagery of Dylan in love, seeks to celebrate facets of Dylans humanity, dream state, flaws, and discord all needed to produce the harmonic spoken word so influenced by the creative forces surrounding his birth town.
17 The Promenade, Flat 4
Approach: The poem encompasses light and shade, day and night, peopled by memories of childhood remembered from the distance of age.
Dylan Thomas said "I want every line to be the essence of the poem"- visually I want every pane to be the essence of the panel
Elisabeth A Evans
46 Pentyla Baglan Rd
Approach: A stained glass panel celebrating Dylan's harmony with nature and his humour. Inspired by the words of "Fern Hill" and being "Under Milk Wood".
Green - Harmony with Nature
Black - Darkness and Depression
Cerise - Humour
39 Banc Pendre,
Post Code: SA17 4TA
Approach: My panel is loosely based on the poem Fern Hill by Dylan Thomas, as with all of his other work,this poem as many layers of meaning and symbolism and it was this layering that intrigued me.
It led me to the design of the panel you see before you, a work of layers colour and symbolism.
I would describe Dylan Thomas as a voyeur of a beautiful cursed earth
Approach: Harmony begins at home; if the settler women opened their hears to Palestinian women, like Ruth and Naomi; "wither thou goest, I will go"..."thy people shall be my people, and thy God my God." Bosky Fern Hill blew in and Paul Klee's stained glass is yet to be found.
6 Windsor Terrace
Approach: 'Fern Hill' captures a feeling of true harmony within nature. Rich words resonate with colourful imagery offering a textured snap-shot of Dylan's delight in a love of place. The design conveys personal snippets of being immersed in the Welsh landscape and thrilled by light, colour, sound, scent and the touch of place.
Approach: The floating pollen is a representation of the simplicity of the life that was around him, and the carefree child hood that he often wrote about while walking and playing in the fields, his appreciation of nature and the elements i tried to convey through the use of soft colours and light that are in harmony with the days of spring.
24 Victoria Avenue
Approach: My approach has been to create an expressive abstraction where two opposite concepts merge to create an harmonious composition. In this case I have chosen chaos and symmetry. The rhythmical repetition of chaotic forms brings harmony to the image through symmetry. This harmony is the balance between chaos and symmetry.
5e Thornihill Park
Tyne and Wear
Harmony, that moment that does not count time.
Harmony, that moment that speaks for itself.
No words spoken.
The sound of children laughing.
The sea ebbing away with a warm breeze that caresses you.
Harmony, that feeling that all is well in your world.
No words needed.
16 Courtlands Way, Ravenhill
Approach: One perfect snowflake that lasts only for one second in an exchange between two most unlikely companions found within the verse of Dylan Thomas. What is Black do we even know? Do Fish know when it's snowing? And what is Harmony? How will we know if we have reached it?
29 Middleton Street
Post Code: SA11 2NU
Approach: The quote is from Dylan's joy at the discovery of words through nursery rhymes with his mother. The glass strips, working together in harmony, give us a glimpse into Dylan's life. Face on the viewer is presented with something akin to a blank page, it's only when looked at from a different perspective that the message is revealed.
255 Francis Road
Approach: The clarinet is one of few instruments considered to sound similar to the human voice. It can also produce two notes in harmony at the same time. This piece aims to show harmony through duality - the two notes of the clarinet, the two colours, and the two techniques used.
17 Weavers House
Approach: Influenced by a book of Dylan Thomas called, Portrait of The artist as a young dog’. In one of the stories it mentions, the lonely night walker, the wet town, tramlines in the dead empty street with a dark mood, but then he mentioned the beautiful words ‘High Street Under the moon.’
Shelagh I Gray
20 Rosfa rd Upper Brynamman
Approach: Seeing life through Dylan Thomas's eye and understanding the way he lived. He saw the beauty of life, and the harshness of death. Like I myself have seen by losing a close and dear friend. As the petals from a rose fall, I to have lost a part of me "My tears are like petals from some magic rose." But is never forgotten, how every year that rose bush still grows, like daisies we stand strong. Like life and death working in Harmony.
Elisabeth R Griffiths