Glass class brings beauty

Cayman is a sun-soaked paradise,
where 300 days or so a year are lit with a blazing majesty.

Consider, too, the golden hour as
the same sun begins to yawn its way underneath the horizon, caressing the lands
in a multitude of ever-changing and soft hue. There’s something very special
about the place and a lot of it is down to the quality of the light.

All of which is a flowery way to
get around to the stained glass workshops which take place for
the next five Saturday afternoons at the National Gallery of the Cayman Islands
Education Centre, located at Miss Lassie’s house on South Sound Road.


Start this week

Although it officially began last
week, explained instructor Cindy Vellinga, there’s still time for beginners to
catch up with lesson 2, which starts at 1pm. The artist boasts an impressive
portfolio, including several truly gorgeous Tiffany-style table lamps and some
wonderful mirrors, testament to the skill and technique learnt prior to her
move to Cayman.

“I was very much involved with the
local galleries when I lived in Canada and I was a full-time stained glass
artist for five years. It started as a hobby but loved it more and more so I
kept doing it. I’ve always loved stained glass, be it a vase or a window or
whatever I just love the look of it.

“It’s a technique that when you get
into it, you start cutting, working and it’s all happening for you and looking
wonderful so you just keep wanting to do more,” she said.

The workshop began for Weekender
with a short introduction to glass scoring, the process of scratching the glass
so that it may be subsequently cut successfully. After lots of practice we
finally managed to get to grips with it, and then it was time to choose a
pattern from which to work.

The complexity of the designs can
range from a three-piece musical note (which we chose) up to incredibly
intricate designs that require tens of different pieces of glass, all of which
would have to be scored, cut, ground, polished, foiled and finally soldered
into the finished piece. Throughout the six weeks, students will be taken
through the entire process to end up with something truly unique and artistic.


Tricky but gorgeous

It might sound tricky but the
effects as the Caribbean sunlight angles off each individual piece and explodes
through the colour spectrum are quite remarkable. The light in Cayman is
already gorgeous, but when it shines through a piece of stained glass art that
you’ve created yourself it can become something very, very special.


Contact [email protected] or
call 945-8111 to register. There will also be a special class for teens from 13
November weekly until 18 December, but please note that working with glass
means it is unsuitable for younger children.