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Modern stained glass with a traditional twist

Stephen Jepson with his beautiful tropical stained glass art piece.

By Shana Kongmun
Canadian artist Stephen Jepson put his stained glass art pieces on display on Saturday, October 12, 2013 at Sangdee Gallery. Stephen, who said that it was very difficult to find glass in Thailand, said he had brought over several pieces he had already made in Canada as well as pieces made here in Chiang Mai from glass brought over at the same time.
“Thailand does not have a tradition of stained glass art,” Stephen noted, adding that in Canada much of the glass and some of the frames were from salvaged old buildings including the beautiful frame on one of his favorite pieces that shows a jaguar in the night.

The large and striking piece that features pebbles and antique glass set into the piece.

Other frames were made including that for the large tropical scene room divider. He found a standing mirror and used the frame from it for a picture of a sitting, laughing Buddha with the peaks of the temple behind him and a lotus pond in front. “This is from a temple near my house,” Stephen said, “I could see the Buddha framed through the open door of the temple and this is what gave me the inspiration for this piece.”
Several other pieces use what is called “antique glass” a technique that Stephen described as traditional hand blown glass, but in very large tubes that are then cut and rolled flat, giving it the look of very old windows with slight bubbles and imperfections that only add to the design and beauty of the piece.
Several pieces incorporated semi-precious stones, pebbles and unique pieces of glass to give a 3 dimensional appearance to the piece including the largest piece which showed a tiger on a beach with real pebbles incorporated and flowing lava from an erupting volcano, and a dragon with glass eyes specially chosen for the imperfections to give the eyes the right look.
The exhibition, Presenting Lightscapes, runs through November 15 at Sangdee Gallery on Sirimangkalajarn Soi 5.

The inspiration for this scene came from a temple near Stephen’s house.

Print making exhibit at CMU offers best of prints

The M & C Print Making exhibition opened at Chiang Mai University’s Art Center on Nimmanhaemin Road on October 1, 2013 and was presided over by Poomjai Burusapat, owner of the famed Northern eatery Huen Phen. The exhibit features the works of many artists and offers many different styles, viewpoints and scenes from modern to traditional, people to scenery. The exhibit will be shown on the ground floor of the Art Center until October 31, 2013, open every day but Monday, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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Modern stained glass with a traditional twist

Print making exhibit at CMU offers best of prints