Stained glass, fused glass and greetings cards - all handmade in Sunny West Cork, Ireland
Custom-made designs my speciality - repairs are my pleasure!
Inspired-glass ~ Adrian & Chris Brentnall ~ Ballydehob, Co Cork, Ireland ~ firstname.lastname@example.org ~ 028 37593
I have always been fascinated by stained glass - and, as a child, spent many happy hours standing in old Cornish churches gazing at stained-glass windows.
Several decades later, after moving to a small village in East Suffolk and suddenly finding that I had a little more time on my hands, I took up an interest in practical stained glass.
I was taught the basics by Elizabeth & Sam at Bournemouth Stained Glass - and went on to develop my own style over a period of several years. Since 2005 I've also been working with warm-glass (handmade glass worked in a kiln) to produce a great range of fused glass pendants, brooches, dishes, suncatchers etc. My thanks to Freddie at Tempsford Stained Glass for his invaluable training.
So why 'Inspired-Glass' ?
You could argue that all 'art' is inspired - and I'd be the first to agree with you. My first pieces of stained glass were 'copies' of published designs - excellent for practicing and developing skills - but ultimately a little frustrating - a bit like 'painting by numbers'.
The name 'Inspired' is certainly not intended in any self-congratulatory sense....
In 2002 I became involved with Spiritualism, including spiritual healing and mediumship - largely through the Cedars Spiritualist Church in Ipswich.
It was as I was driving home after attending a 'healing with colour' module in the NFSH Healing course that I was suddenly 'shown' a design for a simple glass suncatcher incorporating the seven 'healing' colours - the colours of the major chakras.
The next day I set to and created one of these suncatchers - and have made many more of them since. They are nicely 'dual-purpose' - in that they are not only significant to those involved in the spiritual side of things - but also a nice decorative item in their own right. Even if you are not fully tuned in to the significance of the chakra colours, healers would argue that there's a good chance that you can derive some benefit from simply hanging one of these little suncatchers in your window.
I thought little more of the 'Inspired' side of things for a while - until a medium told me that one of my spiritual guides used to be a stained-glass worker in France in the late 19th Century. I have become more aware of this guide's presence as my own spiritual development has progressed - and now he is often with me as we create new designs together. This is particularly the case with the abstract suncatchers and the tealights - which are created from smaller 'offcuts' of glass and the designs are often unrecognisable until they are actually completed.
In late 2006 we moved from the UK to Ballydehob, in the far South-West of Ireland - and, since then, have built up quite a reputation for creating delightful hand-made greeting cards (Chris's Cards) and a range of items in stained and fused glass - everything from tiny fused-glass angels up to 6ft-diameter stained-glass church windows. I specialise in made-to-order stained-glass designs, and offer a very affordable repair service for items made with traditional leaded-design or copper-foil - lampshades up to large stained-glass panels.
So - that's the story behind Inspired-Glass. I hope that you enjoy browsing the galleries and the online shop and hope that you feel moved to enquire further or to purchase on of our ready-made pieces.
If you do, I am sure that you will enjoy that 'magic' that comes from the play of light through carefully-selected and crafted stained glass - and that you may benefit from the light, the colours and the beauty.
Adrian - Ballydehob, West Cork, Ireland
While working with the Cedars in Ipswich, I became a Committee Member, and chaired many Spiritualist Services. On Sundays, there was always a reading - something suitably ‘inspiring’. When it was my turn to chair a service and a reading was required - Spirit were always very obliging <grin> - and provided me with some “inspired words”.
I’ve been told to publish them as part of this website for you all to enjoy - and who am I to argue.