Abergele Glass Designer (with audio)
PUBLISHED: 17:36 01 April 2010 | UPDATED: 16:59 20 February 2013
There's a new landmark in Abergele, this six metre high stained glass window Narration by Sandbach and District Talking Newspaper
Click the picture on the right to start playing the audio
This recording is courtesy of Sandbach and District Talking Newspaper service
From a state-of-the-art digital studio in Sandbach, about 100 visually impaired listeners are served every week, but Sandbach TN isactively trying to increasethe number of its listeners and alsoto reach others who perhaps suffer a disability which makes reading a strain.
For more information please look at the charity's website, www.talkingnews.org.uk, or call Pam on 01606 833408
Some artists wait years for a major public commission, but Paul Jones knows how lucky he is to have his work on show already. This stunning stained glass window is only the twelfth he has created and is the focal point of the waiting room at the new Abergele Medical Centre.
The window, called Nurture, is almost six metres high and fills an entire wall at the centre which was opened last month by Edwina Hart, Minister for Health and Social Services in the Welsh Assembly.
'It is by far the biggest window I have built,' Paul said. 'It's my first public piece and I am well aware what a lucky boy I am.'
The window was built in 81 days and is made up of 542 separate pieces of glass held together by more than 230 metres of lead. It depicts a caring mother-like figure standing on books of knowledge, arms outstretched and touching two of three orbs which represent the three ages of man.
The 45-year-old former graphic designer, who lives and works in Glanconwy, said: 'All my work relies heavily on the lead lines. In most stained glass windows the lead is there to hold the glass together but in my work it forms the picture.
'I have done about a dozen windows now, most of them have been for private houses and every one is unique. I don't work from a pattern book, each piece is designed for my client.'