Glass - Back to the Future!

Presenting Author:
Alun Adams
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article posted 26 Apr 2016

Alun Adams

Following a career in the Civil Service, I studied Architectural Glass at Swansea Metropolitan University graduating BA in 1999 and MA in 2001.

I am currently working on a PhD focusing on stained glass in nonconformist places of worship in Wales.

Since 1999 I have been the co-ordinator of the Architectural Glass Centre, the commercial arm of the Swansea School of Architectural Glass, at the University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Swansea. Additionally, I have been employed as a part time lecturer on the history of stained glass and issues of restoration and conservation.

The "Stained Glass" of Frank Roper: Issues of Restoration

Alun Adams
Architectural Glass Centre Co-ordinator,
University of Wales Trinity Saint David, Swansea

Frank Roper (1914 - 2000) was a British Sculptor, potter, calligrapher and stained glass artist. Born in Haworth Yorkshire, he studied at Keighley Art School and the Royal College of Art, London, where he was a student of Henry Moore. He became a lecturer in sculpture at Cardiff College of Art in 1947, later vice principal, retiring in 1973. He lived in Penarth, near Cardiff.

Roper undertook numerous commissions, in the 1950's and 60's often resulting from the restoration or replacement of churches damaged or destroyed during the second world war. Examples of his work can be found throughout England and Wales.

Roper worked with a range of materials; wood, bronze, silver aluminium, glass and ceramics. In the 1950's, he became interested in aluminium, and is credited with inventing the process of lost polystyrene casting. He used this process extensively to produce the 'frame' for the stained glass he designed, his wife, Nora, collaborating on choice of glass and colour.

In recent years a number of his stained glass installations have required repair or restoration. The presentation will outline issues and problems and provide examples of work undertaken.