I always knew how to write. Right.

This was how I tried to ‘settle’ my thoughts ​…​(that were darting around my sparking brain like ricocheting chinks of light from a flicking rippling oily pool of silvery sprats!)(yeah. You get the picture)(chattery brain)…. As I accelerated out of Swansea by train on Monday​. H​aving ​just ​completed seven long full days of painting and staining masterclass​.​

​Travelling…​back to what it is that I do. 
Yikes. What do I do​?​ I know how I did it. I know I could do it. Only now. Freak. Like I said

 I mean​,​ I knew how to write. Right..

Right. Only… now to my writing I could add… a new flourish. That’s how it feels  As I digest ​and cogitate ​my last few days​ at Swansea.​

Oh my. My scholarship year. .. like a rollercoaster it roller coasters on. ​(Thanks again QEST).​

A Jonathan Cooke masterclass at Swansea College of Art… The Architectural Glass Centre…..University of Wales Trinity St. Davids. It’s on my map!

I knew as soon as I entered those hallowed corridors that it was going to be good. Swansea​ Art College​ has a rich history of contemporary stained glass and the examples in its corridors​ made me gasp.​ Magnificent windows at nearby St Mary’s church from artists including Patrick Reyntiens and John Piper​ and ​Japanese artist​ ​Kuni Kajiwara​ were also staggering. Many of the panels ​were built by Swansea college​ commercial department.

The Jonathan Cooke masterclass. What can ​I​ say! Such a generous, knowledgeable, patient and passionate tutor. He had us captivated with brushes and paints and fragments of historical glass. Jonathan must be a world leading authority on all things to do with conservation and restoration of historical stained glass.Mornings were spent listening and learning. Note taking and sharing. And the afternoons getting our hands dirty. It was fabulous! (Most days we were there 9 till 7.)Huge thanks must go to all the staff at  agc UWTSD and my superb classmates. Boy, did we have fun in Swansea. A bunch of misfits finding our fit right there!Pages upon pages of notes. Stacks of snaps. Samples and examples and friendships made. I have come away with a fuller-ness of knowledge and an absolute appetite for more. Swansea has delivered on just so many levels. 
But how did I start this blog entry…Oh, yes… I always knew how to write, right……!
Yes. There have been new tools. New ingredients. New methods. And I’ve ​even ​had to buy some..(I mean the brushes had bird names!)Goose… crow… (tis the size of the quill)Lavender oil … clove oil…(My workshop gonna smell ​so ​sweet)
But what I also saw in that room​ of scholars and academics.. was Magic Passion Curiosity (Perhaps a wee spoon of obsession)(ok. a big scoop!)

Glass and light. Our chosen subject.
From this course I am enlightened​ and​ illuminated. But yikes, also (mostly) stilled. Humbled. And in awe of….

​Such a lot to learn.

(At this point I take a big sigh. It can often feel so huge. My undertaking. To make myself better!)​

One chink of light at a time eh!

Now. What is it that i do…… Oh yes.

About debbiesshed

My blog is all about the stained glass projects I get up to in my shed. I promise to post regularly with fresh and beautiful jobs. Thanks for looking.
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