In 2022, stained-glass has come to be a little bit of a shed artwork. Direct-mild windows are scarce to come across in fashionable households, and the observe would seem to be a bit of thriller for the basic general public, but Melbourne artist Poppy Templeton is optimistic that it’s creating a comeback.

‘I do not imagine stained glass will ever become an totally lost art!’ Poppy says. ‘For that motive, it’s fascinating to work inside it, it suggests I have the opportunity to convince men and women of its truly worth.’

Poppy says she experienced generally thought of stained-glass art as ‘an unbelievably awesome medium’. So, when a mate suggested she understand the ropes with her at Melbourne Polytechnic very last 12 months, she happily gave it a shot. It speedily guide to her beginning her possess glass-artwork enterprise, Duck Ragu!

‘I’ve created art because I was a boy or girl but as an adult, I couldn’t seem to be to come across a medium that worked with me and built me pleased,’ she clarifies. ‘But the additional I assume about glass and study about color and light-primarily based remedy, the considerably less it would seem like a random coincidence that led me to this artwork sort.’

Poppy’s putting glass creations are imbued with heat, and generally attribute a combination of summary forms and styles encouraged by character – ranging from motifs of the sun, to color palettes drawn from delighted reminiscences at the seaside and delicate florals. But her favourite pieces are inclined to occur from uncomplicated suggestions or briefs from customers, such as a ask for to hero the color pink or ‘I seriously like circles’.

‘I generally commence by looking at glass,’ Poppy states. ‘Because colour is the most crucial section of what I generate I get started there and permit it inform the relaxation of the method.’

She prefers to slice freehand with out a drawing and just models as she goes together. ‘After everything’s reduce, I grind the glass to healthy, wrap every piece with copper foil, solder them together and do the finishing touches,’ Poppy points out. The entire course of action can acquire wherever in between 6 and a lot more than 60 hrs based on the design and style.

‘Glass has a steep learning curve that hardly ever appears to finish and points go incorrect really usually, if not each day. I’ve designed a unusual respect for glass as a medium and really do not enable myself get as well fussed with mishaps.’

She’s even finished up in the emergency place a few moments in the 6 months! But just like the exceptional refractions of gentle that her pieces develop, it is all portion of the unpredictable elegance of her work.

Shop Poppy’s work by way of her shop, Duck Ragu, online right here.


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