I chose the rose window of Unser Lieben Frauen in Bremen Cathedral in Germany as the inspiration for my replica rose window originally because it was all made with handblown glass. I had been collecting handblown glass for years and had not found the perfect project for it. I re-create the abstract pattern that repeats in each one of the rays, all of which are different.
“The painter Alfred Manessier created this monumental artwork, made up of around 15,000 handblown colorful slabs in twenty windows, from 1966 to 1979 in the council and market church of “Our Dear Women” in Bremen. It is considered one of the first and most important examples of non-representational (abstract) glass art in Europe.”
“The “Marienfenster” shines above the main entrance and the gallery of the church. The rosette is dedicated to the namesake of the church, Maria, who was circumscribed as “our dear woman”. Concentration and tranquility are expressed within the deep-blue center of this window. Toward the edge of the rosette, a marvelous play of colours grows and shines into the church.”
Featured at the Canadian Clay and Glass Gallery 2022 Summer Exhibit.
The Rose Window: Revisited and Reimagined