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17 August 2015

The Mirfield Monastery Project

The Mirfield Monastery is a beautiful former Mill Owner’s House originally built in the 19th Century and is set on twenty acres of serene and tranquil gardens and woodland area. The church at Mirfield Abbey has been completely refurbished, Mark Cazalet and Daedalian were commissioned to produce two glass screens enclosing the Ascension Chapel.

The screens being produced are approximately 3.5 metres wide and 5.5 metres high, the screens are frameless and made with toughened and heat soak tested glass and are set within two existing stone arches. The lower sections of the glass have a sandblasted and hand etched design to original artwork by Mark Cazalet. We have worked with Mark on many glass art projects since 1999 the first being the Millennium window at Worcester Cathedral.

Our creative director, Davia Walmsley is working alongside Mark to layer the artwork for the project, creating a foreground and background for sandblasting onto both sides of the glass. This particular element is a very technical, detailed and time consuming process, stencils are produced especially for the project and both sides of the glass are sandblasted creating a three dimensional, multi-tonal effect. This is then further enhanced by hand etching fine detail which in this case was carried out by Mark Cazalet himself over a three week period.

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