Words by and about the artist
The challenge I set myself with every window is to capture the essence of my subject without compromise to technical difficulties. I try to create depth and subtlety in the representation of natural subjects in stained glass. Sometimes I combine glass with other materials, such as carved wood and cast bronze.
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During the last few years I have received numerous notes over the internet commenting on my work.
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Magazine articles in which you can read more about my work. I thank the various magazine publishers and other authors for permission to reproduce them on my website. Unfortunately, a fine magazine, Glass Craftsman, to which I have contributed several articles, ceased publication after the Fall 2011 issue.
TECHNIQUES: Robert Oddy: Stained Glass Plating Techniques
Lecture at Warner-Crivellaro Stained Glass. Christie Wood, Common Ground: Glass, Fall 1997. In May 1997, I went to Allentown PA to give a talk about plating techniques (i.e. using more than one layer of glass to achieve special effects in a window). This is the account of the meeting. I am very grateful to Christie for writing up properly what I only had in rough note form.
Artist Profile: Robert N. Oddy, Jim Matthews, The Score, Issue No. 60 September 15, 1997.
Shortly after I changed careers and went public with my first website, this article appeared in the Spectrum Glass Co.’s magazine. In addition to some biographical material, there is information on technique.
Thoughts of an Artist in Stained Glass
Robert Oddy, Central New York Art Guide, 2000 Special Millennium Edition, Fall 1999. This short, somewhat ruminative piece was a first attempt to say what I am trying to do with the stained glass medium. I must admit, I find it easier to let the art speak for itself!
The Anatomy of a Commission: Could a Rose, by Any Other Technique, Look So Sweet?
Robert Oddy, Glass Craftsman, Issue No. 158, Feb/Mar 2000.
This article is primarily about technique. I describe the methods I used in one of my more intricate floral pieces.
A Stained Glass Artist's Adventure into Sculpture: Adding a New Dimension to My Work
Robert Oddy, Glass Craftsman, Issue No. 163, Dec/Jan 2001.
Another technique article, this time about the combination of cast bronze and stained glass in a wall-mounted sculpture depicting magnolia.
Studio Profile: Robert Oddy Stained Glass Studio
Colleen Bryan, Profitable Glass Quarterly, Vol 7, No 4, Winter 2004.
The Fall and Rise of Owl
Robert Oddy, Glass Patterns Quarterly, Vol 23, No 4, Winter 2007. This article describes the task of repairing a badly damaged stained glass window, which contained a lot of plating.
Robert Oddy: an Expanding Canvas
Corey Alan Camp, World Art Glass Quarterly, Volume 3, Spring 2007.
Spontaneity in Stained Glass Work
Robert Oddy, Glass Craftsman, Issue 218, Summer 2011. Stained glass is a rigid, inflexible material. How do we exercise our spontaneity in this medium?
Choosing Glass: Color and Impressions
Robert Oddy, Glass Craftsman, Issue 219, Fall 2011. Careful choice of glass can help to bring a subject to life.
Plating in Stained Glass: Experience the beauty
Robert Oddy, Glass Craftsman, Issue 220, winter 2011. Plating is the use of multiple layers of glass. It can produce striking effects.
The Lead Line Effect: Shape without the came
Robert Oddy, Glass Craftsman, Issue 221, Spring 2011. Adding fine detail with copper foil overlays and wire.
The Illusion of Depth in Stained Glass: Exposed to the light
Robert Oddy, Glass Craftsman, Issue 222, Summer 2011. How we perceive the 3-dimensionality of the world around us, and we can do to give the illusion of depth to our artwork.
The Illusion of Depth in Stained Glass: Techniques
Robert Oddy, Glass Craftsman, Issue 223, Fall 2011. Techniques for producing 3-D effects in stained glass artwork.
Line Relationships: More than meets the eye
Robert Oddy, Glass Art, March/April, 2012. The character of lines in stained glass artwork, and design and fabrication considerations.
A series of patterns by Robert Oddy is available at AmazingGlassPatterns.com
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