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Artist’s statement

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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Comments

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.

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.

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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Colleen Bryan, Profitable Glass Quarterly, Vol 7, No 4, Winter 2004.

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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.

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Corey Alan Camp, World Art Glass Quarterly, Volume 3, Spring 2007.

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Robert Oddy, Glass Craftsman, Issue 218, Summer 2011. Stained glass is a rigid, inflexible material. How do we exercise our spontaneity in this medium?

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Robert Oddy, Glass Craftsman, Issue 219, Fall 2011. Careful choice of glass can help to bring a subject to life.

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Robert Oddy, Glass Craftsman, Issue 220, winter 2011. Plating is the use of multiple layers of glass. It can produce striking effects.

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Robert Oddy, Glass Craftsman, Issue 221, Spring 2011. Adding fine detail with copper foil overlays and wire.

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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.

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Robert Oddy, Glass Craftsman, Issue 223, Fall 2011. Techniques for producing 3-D effects in stained glass artwork.

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Robert Oddy, Glass Art, March/April, 2012. The character of lines in stained glass artwork, and design and fabrication considerations.

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