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Ecclesiastical Painting in Germany

My second trip to Germany at Derix Glasstudios in Taunusstein. This is truly a glorious, magical place where one’s spirit is renewed in the presence of great artists while working intensely with color, energy and light. The alchemy of fire fusing molten silica with metallic salts, oxides and pigments produces translucent hues of color and opalescent glints of material so beautiful, oceanic and sublime that stained glass has stood at the heart of what is transcendent and numinous in Western civilization for more than one-thousand years.

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Staining Glass

I spent this week at Derix Glasstudios in Taunusstein, Germany, developing production techniques with Barbara Derix and Rahmi Schulz that will be employed in an upcoming ecclesiastical glass commission of mine. The experience was remarkable in so many ways, including being at a world-class glass studio and meeting glass artists Karl Heinz Traut, Stuart Low, Oscar Galvez, Brigid O’Malley, Karl-Martin Hartmann and Johannes Schreiter. Dr. Schreiter was working on a set of windows for the Cathedral of the Holy Spirit in Heidelberg, Germany. He saw our test panels and said they were right on. Wow!

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