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Inc of Masons' window unveiled at Glasgow Royal Infirmary

DC Tom McInally and Gordon Weetch, Deacon of the Incorporation of Masons, were joined by Glasgow Lord Provost Eva

Bolander on 2nd September to unveil a stained glass window representing the Incorporation of the Masons at Glasgow Royal Infirmary.

This is the second in a series of 15 windows to be installed in the hospital.

The purpose of these windows is to commemorate Trades House and the 14 Crafts and also strengthen links between City

of Glasgow College, the Trades House of Glasgow and Glasgow Royal Infirmary. It will transform the corridor where they are to be situated. The suite will include one window representing the Trades House of Glasgow and the other 14 windows will represent each of the 14 Incorporated Trades.

This project was the brainchild of the late Alex Graham, Auld Deacon of the Incorporation of Wrights at Trades House. He had the idea of creating a suite of windows to commemorate the Trades House and each of the Incorporated Trades and to further develop links between the Trades House of Glasgow, Glasgow Royal Infirmary (where he worked as Estates Manager) and City of Glasgow College. Alex had a passion for education, healthcare, and The Trades House of Glasgow and this exciting project links all these areas together.

HND 2 students from City of Glasgow College were given a brief and each student initially produced two designs, which were voted on in class and narrowed down to one. These were judged and a winner decided upon. The designs presented for judging are exhibited alongside the completed windows.

The chosen design by Geraldine McSporran was then further developed and created by all of the students, working as a team, within the space of 12 weeks.

This year’s participating students were Geraldine McSporran, Rachel Breckenridge, James Fallon, Suzanne Gibson, Tim Kirman, Cath MacLeod, Jane Martin, Kiera Nimmo and Cheryl Tait. They created the window under the guidance of Lecturer Kimberly Armstrong.

There are numerous techniques employed in its creation including traditional glass painting and staining, glass fusing, kiln-formed glass, glass gilding, sandblasting, gold lustre and screen-printing.

It is a wonderful showcase for the vast choice of surface treatments, techniques and glasses available to the modern-day glass artist, all taught at City of Glasgow College.

The first window installed in August 2018 represents the Incorporation of Wrights and was unveiled by Alex’s widow.

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