North Norfolk Christian artist’s work on display
Artist Emma Blount, whose work includes creating stained glass windows for churches and who has appeared on BBC’s Songs of praise, will be displaying her work at an Open Studios event later this month. Tony Rothe reports.
Emma has created stained glass windows for churches in various locations across the UK, including Radford Semele near Leamington Spa. Emma was commissioned to design and make five stained glass windows for St Nicholas Church which was being re-built after devastating fire, and the church appeared on BBC’s Songs of Praise.
Emma said “Songs of Praise featured myself and the vicar talking about the church’s rebirth and the ways in which it had brought the community together and how they’d experienced God’s intervention. For example, the vicar was away at the time of the fire and was woken up in the middle of the night with a strong compulsion to return home immediately. When he arrived, the church was in flames, but the vicar was present and alert to God’s leading to take immediate necessary action and comfort the congregation.”
More recently, Emma created a 3 metre high stained glass window for St Paul’s Church, Brixton in London, which serves an underprivileged community and needed all their funds to support that community, so Emma agreed to create the window for a fraction of the normal price. She explains “I stepped out in faith that God would miraculously provide the funds and He did! I was amazed and delighted when, as soon as I made that decision, I was commissioned to design and make a stained glass window at St George’s in Rollesby near Great Yarmouth. This Norfolk commission provided for me financially, so I was able to make the London window. God is so good!
“The St Paul’s window, pictured right, brought the church community together when congregation members came to my studio and participated in the making of the window. This gave them a feeling of ownership of, and love for the window, whose vibrancy transformed the atmosphere and identity of the building and will continue to do so for many years”
Emma loves designing and making stained glass church windows that glorify God and bring church community together, but has now developed a new line of fine art glass paintings of birds that are electrically lit and can be hung in the wall, so that her work can be brought into homes. “And my wonderful pencil drawings of Aslan-like lions and children. These talk about relationship with a mighty, tender God,” she said.
Emma’s work will be on display at an Open Studios event at her Hunworth studio over the Bank holiday weekend, May 29 – 31, and also the following weekend, June 5 – 6. She also sells at Red Dot Gallery in Holt, and on her website.
Anyone wishing to find out more, or to visit Emma’s studio during those weekends should contact her through the website: www.emmablount.co.uk
She will also be exhibiting at Cley Contemporary Art 2021 in July.
The pictures above are courtesy of Emma Blount.
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