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The Round Window



Flora Jamieson

“Sometimes I feel like I’m one of those people that were Through The Round Window – doing something unusual, interesting, a bit odd.”

Flora Jamieson combines traditional stained glass techniques with original contemporary designs to create the most delicious small glass pieces! I’m especially obsessed with her little singing birds who remind me of the ones from The Partridge Family. Like so many of the artists whose work I admire, she takes much of her inspiration from the natural world and from geometric shapes and patterns. And like me, she is most of all inspired by color.

“My favorite part of the stained glass process is choosing the glass colors – selecting just the right tones and shades so that they sing out next to each other. Once I have applied the paint and fired it in the kiln, something magical happens – seeing the contrast between the painted details and the vibrant colors, bringing the piece to life.”

The materials she uses are pretty special, too.

“I use mouth-blown Polish glass which is beautiful – scattered with tiny air bubbles, surface striations and comes in a vast array of juicy colours. I paint the detail on by hand, and fire the glass in my kiln at high temperature for permanency. Then I lead and solder it together using the traditional stained glass technique.”

In addition to her own contemporary glass pieces, Jamieson also reproduces and restores windows from all my favorite eras – Victorian, Edwardian, Arts & Crafts, Art Nouveau, and Art Deco. She makes these glorious Victorian-style bird roundels that I want to hang in every window!

You can follow the very entertaining Jamieson on her website and blog, and on Twitter and Instagram. You can also purchase her work in her Etsy shop, The Round Window. (Note: her items have all sold out, but I understand more are on the way!)

All images property of Flora Jamieson.

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

11 thoughts on “The Round Window

  1. Wow! Such achoice of styles. I do like the round birds. So colorful.

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  2. I absolutely get the Partridge family reference.

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  3. Her work is so eclectic. As someone whose own style bounces around so much, I often feel like a Jack of all Trades and Master of None. It is, therefore, encouraging and inspiring to see someone achieve such success while varying her style. I love stained glass so all the pieces appeal to me but I am especially taken by those bright, bold birds.

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    • I know what you mean about broadness of style sometimes being an indicator of lack of focus, but I think her work is such a spectrum because she’s also focused on doing restoration work. She has an appreciation for the older styles, and some of her original work carries the echoes of those styles. She truly is equally successful no matter what the style.

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      • Good point about the influence of the restoration work. I was thinking a factor was perhaps her understanding of and appreciation for the history of her craft and being influenced by all those styles and approaches so the restoration factor absolutely explains that.

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  4. Nice work! I have some stained glass packed up somewhere and now I need to find!

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  5. What exquisite work! Love those birds, in particular, so lovely.

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