Plantation Wharf Commission, 2006
A collaboration between myself and metalworker Andy Crook.

The following commission, completed in July 2006, was a collaboration between myself and visionary metalworker Andy Crook. The commission was for a private residence in Plantation Wharf. The client requested a stained glass installation for one of the central windows in the residence and expressed an interest in organic forms. This lead to a multitude of design concepts, mainly focusing on the idea of overlapping layers of glass.

Andy and I worked together to design and create an installation which combines interesting features of both metal and glass. The metal structure which is attached to a central beam in the room has been shaped and manipulated to give the impression of a solid branch entwined with vines. The branch-like structure castes away from the beam towards the window, descending at the end to reveal glass panels reminiscent of abstract leaves. The result is a truly unique fusion of two exciting traditional crafts.
Organic Glass Forms
The glass has been designed to hang in two overlapping layers. A range of glass was used including Waterglass, textured clear glass, lime green Flash Glass and beautiful hand-rolled English Antique.

Each layer comprises of two panels. The back panels contain a variety of different types of glass. Areas of the front panels contain clear textured glass which refracts the colours of the back panels creating an unusual visual impact.

Plantation Wharf Commission, Organic Glass Forms

Plantation Wharf Commission, Organic Glass Forms

Plantation Wharf Commission, Organic Glass Forms

Plantation Wharf Commission, Organic Glass Forms

Plantation Wharf Commission, Organic Glass Forms

Plantation Wharf Commission, Organic Glass Forms

Plantation Wharf Commission, Organic Glass Forms

Plantation Wharf Commission, Organic Glass Forms

Plantation Wharf Commission, Organic Glass Forms
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Unique Metal Structures
Andy Crook created the metal structure to hold the glass suspended infront of the window. The structure is attached to the top of the beam although this is only visible when viewed from above. It curls around the beam casting out towards the window and gives the impression of weightlessness to the glass. In keeping with the concept, Andy used organic forms which work in harmony with the shapes used in the glass panels. Truly exquisite workmanship from an extremely talented
and dedicated craftsman.

For any enquiries about metalwork commissions please contact Andy via email on:

Harral_crook_metalsmiths@hotmail.co.uk

Plantation Wharf Commission, Metal Structures

Plantation Wharf Commission, Metal Structures

Plantation Wharf Commission, Metal Structures
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Design & Manufacture
Below are a few pages from the commission portfolio which highlight
the design and manufacturing stages. Click the links to view the pages.
Design Exploration
Design Development 1
Design Development 2
Chosen Design
Manufacture Stage 1
Manufacture Stage 2
Manufacture Stage 3
Manufacture Stage 4
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