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What we did

Daedalian Glass Studios collaborated with artist Nicholas Mynheer to create a series of Chapel windows for Abingdon School, they have worked together on various projects since 1999.

Each panel was made using glass fusing techniques. Multiple layers of coloured glass were cut by hand, or water jet to create various shapes. They were then layered with coloured frit to create the colour depth in the windows. This process created a multi-textured, three-dimensional effect.

Five sections for the Chapel windows were constructed with different religious designs with the following names.

Trinity Window
In 1583 John Roysse expressed the wish that the school he had endowed be known as 'The Free School of the Holy Trinity' Jesus Christ is at the centre of this window his hand raised to display the wounds of his Crucifixion and to proclaim the triumph of his Resurrection to life.

Michaelmas Term Window
The Michaelmas term marks the beginning of the school year. The central panel depicts the Nativity, the birth of Jesus Christ marking a new beginning for us all. At the top, St Michael looks down at the scene with his angels, illuminated by the golden light of the Christ Child.

Lent Term Window
Lent term culminates in the celebration of Easter, remembering the death of Jesus on the cross and his Resurrection. This window depicts Jesus standing central and showing his death and resurrection.

Summer Term Window
This window depicts the risen Christ at work in the world. The central panel shows Jesus breaking bread with his disciples. The broken bread representing his body, offered up in the sacrifice where Christians remember the Eucharist.

Services Window
The services window celebrates the commitment of Abingdon boys, members of staff and the Armed service past and present. The window depicts a soldier representing the army, standing at ease while looking up at the cross in the sky created by vapour trails from a modern fighter jet and a spitfire representing the Royal Airforce.

"What turned out to be a monumental project over 8 years, was meticulously manufactured in fused glass by Davia Walmsley, who translates my painted designs superbly into glass."

- Nick Mynheer

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