When I was asked to do this piece, my first thought was “too bad his wife isn’t from France.” I am very familiar with the Welsh flag and I knew it would be a mighty challenge to do the Welsh dragon justice. But the client’s wife is from Wales and how could I say no to such an opportunity. I was hopeful that my idea to do the dragon with a mosaic-like approach would achieve the look I wanted.
I assembled the individual pieces of red glass in a somewhat irregular yet recognizable copy of the Welsh dragon using several red hues. I then added the background colors all on a clear piece of base glass. By damming the glass before firing, the glass pieces flowed into each other creating a fairly tight color array. I painted the detail onto the dragon using black glass enamel and fired the piece a second time.
I designed the border after symbols used for love spoons. In Wales, love spoons were carved by the groom and given to the bride on their wedding day. I chose the interlocking hearts, a version of the eternal knot, as it seemed a fitting expression of the client’s love for his wife. The red and green hearts with the connecting bands extend the colors of the Welsh flag.
I wanted this project to express the energy and pride of the Welsh flag and I feel that the combination of various reds and the slightly irregular shapes combined with the precision of the black outline accomplished this goal. Being of Welsh descent myself, it was an honor to do this project. Cymru am byth!