The Glassumimass Glass Lanterns are continuing to tour to churches around the district; the next venue for the three handcrafted lanterns is St Denis’ in Silk Willoughby (2 miles south of Sleaford) from Sat 1 July- Sun 1 October. The large-scale standing lanterns have been created by a North Kesteven based community glass group as part of our Glassumimass project.
The project began in 2010, when we brought together a small community group to use kiln formed and stained glass techniques to create the glass lanterns. The project title is a composite derived from the medium (glass) plus the words ‘illumination’ and ‘mass’, in reference to the churches which have inspired them. Billinghay blacksmith, Ian Caudwell, provided the custom-made ironwork that has been integral to the completion of the designs. The work was launched at St Denys’ Church in Sleaford in October last year.
St Denis’ church, Silk Wiloughby is a grade 1 listed building featuring carved wooden pews, and beautiful stained glass windows, including fragments of medieval glass, and 19th Century windows from William Francis Dixon and Christopher Whall, leader of a group of Arts and Crafts stained glass artists. The church’s Jubilee window was commissioned from Lincolnshire born glass designer Glen Carter for the occasion of the Golden Jubilee of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.
Marion Sander, artsNK Visual Arts Development Co-ordinator said
“We are delighted to be able to bring the Glassumis to St Denis’, Silk Willoughby. The inspiration for the lanterns came from the architecture and stained glass windows of the churches along the Spires & Steeples Arts & Heritage Trail. It will be wonderful to have them on show in St Denis, which has so many beautiful features, including stunning stained glass windows. We hope local people will enjoy visiting the church to see them.”
The church is open daily between 8am and 4pm.