St Peter Ad Vincula
Wisborough Green
Like many ancient buildings the interior of St Peter Ad Vincula is very textural, with a great variety of surfaces and architectural volumes. This project required the creation of bespoke glasswork in large toughened panels, for two new vestries for the Vicar and the Choir, as part of the church’s reordering.

Often an unusual brief requires a unique response in order to explore and meet its needs. Here the function of the decorative glazing was to be aesthetically effective in all lighting conditions; attractive from the church interior; giving privacy to the internal spaces; and be visually effective in both natural and artificial lighting.

The architects The Goddard Partnership provided the concept of the internal vestries, or pods, with the idea that the art would be visually continuous from glass to wood.

It was important to me to create a surface that looked and felt natural within this ancient space, and one that would resonate with the textures of stone, wood and glass already present in the building.

Opacity, texture and colour all play an important part within the design of these glass and ceramic elevations. My response to the brief was to make kiln-formed and enamelled glass panels. These are heavily textured in green and gold. The surface is kind and sympathetic alongside the historic interior, and the fired enamel colours lend themselves to being illuminated from both sides, as well as displayed in natural light.

In responding to the spiritual brief, a carved graphic design flows across the glass into to the adjacent carved oak paneling - leading to an inscription from the Bible.

The Vicar’s vestry is attributed to Mark 1:17: And Jesus said to them, “Follow me and I will make you fishers of men”; here the undulating composition is of layered nets upon the waves of the sea.

The Choir’s vestry is attributed to John 8:12: “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will never walk in darkness.”; and on these panels sunlight pierces a leafy canopy.

The work was installed in 2018 and was awarded a Sussex Heritage Award in 2019.
Detail of kiln formed and enamelled glass at Wisborough Green
 
The interior of St Peter Ad Vincula at Wisborough Green. Two new glass vestries, the Vicar's Vestry and the Choir Vestry.
The interior of St Peter Ad Vincula at Wisborough Green. Two new glass vestries, the Vicar's Vestry and the Choir Vestry.
The interior of St Peter Ad Vincula at Wisborough Green. Two new glass vestries, the Vicar's Vestry and the Choir Vestry.
The interior of St Peter Ad Vincula at Wisborough Green. Two new glass vestries, the Vicar's Vestry and the Choir Vestry.
The Vicar's Vestry
The Vicar's Vestry
The carved and textured surface flows from glass to oak panels.
The Choir Vestry
The Choir Vestry. The enamelled door.
The Choir Vestry. The carved and textured surface flows from glass to oak panels.
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