For this community, baptism is the central rite. Nancy describes what they were looking for in art glass: "They wanted to see the water in action...they wanted a big bowl, nice shallow curve so the water would be scoopable, clear glass with a wavelet pattern in blues, darker in the center and fading toward the rim." The font was to be situated in the center of the space, located in a stand that would reveal the water to the congregation.
|Nancy made a variety of bowls.|
Nancy was concerned about how the colors looked and how the edges would be finished, as well as how deep a bowl profile was needed.
|Test 3 - issues arose on how the glass edges could grab the sides of the molds as it moved down.|
Nancy also wanted to emphasize the feeling of rippling water. "In the first go, my wavelets looked like little upside-down drawings of seagulls. The second try I got a lot of big bubbles at the rim. On the third one, I tried avoided bubbles by filling in with clear frit, which did not turn out well!" she explained. In the final glass baptismal font, the aqua colors of the frit have a nice, soft undulating texture.
|Senior Pastor Deborah McKinley at the Baptismal Font|
The glass baptismal was completed and installed in time for the Easter holiday, and the glass was well received by the Lewinsville congregation. Well done, Nancy!