In the last blog in the series, artist Mel Howse describes the process of making our newest cathedral addition.
Over a period of 25 years my skills as a designer and maker have evolved into taking on some large-scale projects. I was fortunate to have had commissions coming in on graduation as a student, and my experience of transposing drawn designs to full-scale glasswork has grown along with my portfolio. I am not daunted in this respect by scale, in fact, I relish it, and the development of commissions that take years to unfold is all part of the territory. My focus as an artist is in creating unique pieces of work, that explore the opportunities afforded by my medium, keeping it relevant to our era.
Continue reading The Illumination Window: The Making
Artist Mel Howse discusses the process of cartooning for our newest piece of glass art
In the stained glass tradition, the working drawing that an artist uses to create the final glasswork is called a cartoon. This cartoon is a full-size drawing at 1:1 scale and can be in either colour or black and white.
It conveys the
essence of the glass work to come: the size and the shape of the glass pieces,
details of applied techniques such as paintwork or etching. Quite simply, it is
the glassmaker’s guide for the coming stage of creating the art in glass.
Continue reading The Illumination Window: The Cartoon
Artist Mel Howse gives an insight into the design process and reading of our newest cathedral addition, The Illumination Window.
It has been a
great privilege to be both designer and maker for the commission to create The
Illumination window. It will stand as an important experience in my lifetime.
As I write this in Spring 2019 this work is about to take on a new role. It
will be leaving the intimacy of my studio, and travelling into the future as
part of the Cathedral.
Continue reading The Illumination Window: The Design
For the last four years two ordinands, that is trainee
priests, have undertaken a week long work placement with the Marketing and
Events Team at Durham Cathedral. Their vocational training is at Cranmer Hall,
the Theology College at St John’s College, Durham University.
The placement happens immediately after a communications
conference organised by CODEC, the Research Centre for Digital Theology at St John’s College,
led by the Rev Dr Pete Phillips. It explores the impact of digital culture,
especially on faith and community communication in the life of the contemporary
One of this year’s placements at the Cathedral is Mahalha
Wachepa, originally from Malawi. Mahalha
moved to the UK in 2002.
Continue reading mahalha’s journey as a priest in training
Brian Logan, consultant at Baldwins, a CogitalGroup company, recalls the cathedral’s central tower reopening event.
Continue reading Baldwins blog: Central tower reopens after three-year restoration project
Durham Cathedral is cared for by over 750 volunteers in 100 different roles. The dedication and energy of our volunteers supports the buildings and Cathedral community, and makes this such a special place to be. Their commitment and enthusiasm is extremely important, as they contribute to a more welcoming and inspiring experience for the 750,000 visitors we have every year. Their vital support also helps in fulfilling the purpose, values and activities of the Cathedral.
We’re always looking for more volunteers and there’s so much to us than our core purpose as a church! From bell-ringers and broderers to stewarding and outdoor conservation; from marketing and education to Open Treasure and the Cathedral Library; archaeology to Property, it’s fair to say there’s likely to be a role suited to you and your interests.
Canon Rosalind Brown, Nave Canon and Canon Librarian of Durham Cathedral, is retiring. She has been at Durham Cathedral for the last 13 years. Her final Sunday at the Cathedral as a member of its Chapter is Sunday 8 July. She has answered some questions about her ministry at Durham Cathedral and her plans for the future.
Continue reading Canon Rosalind Brown Retires