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.
Derix master painter Olaf Hanweg and I are creating 24 stained glass panels for the new Gloria Dei ELCA Lutheran Church in Sioux Falls. The baptismal panel above has been fired three times at this viewing and will probably be fired two more times yet. Many, many thanks to Barbara Derix and Karl-Heinz Traut, and the congregation and staff of Gloria Dei.
Pictured below, I am working on the Lamb of God altar panel.