Sunday, April 24, 2011

Page 11: Lawrence Saint at Bryn Athyn

PHOTO: Glencairn Archives
Lawrence Saint also researched how to make striated copper ruby. He worked at Bryn Athyn Cathedral from 1917 to 1928. He was not trained as a glass blower but as a glass painter and designer. He attended art school at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts and won the prestigious Kresson Fellowship which afforded him the opportunity to travel and see medieval cathedral windows in their original settings in Europe. He worked for a stained glass studio in Pittsburgh. He apprenticed with Connick Studio in Boston, which was one of the leading producers of Gothic revival style windows. It is easy to see how his work has been influenced by the middle ages. In Bryn Athyn Cathedral, Lawrence Saint made a grisaille window based on a motif from Salisbury Cathedral. He created figurative windows for the clerestory and two medieval style rose windows which alone are stone set using a medieval mounting technique. 

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