Lea Hall Miners Welfare Centre and Social Club, Rugeley, Staffordshire UK

Jaqueline was appointed one of six artist residencies intended to show how working in new environments can support artists in creating inspiring work. The finished artworks were then shown as part of the Making Moves (a Staffordshire County Council / Craftspace partnership) touring exhibition of contemprary craft at different venues across Staffordshire.

Brightly coloured glass panels were created using a 'painterly' process of fusing layers of glass powders and grains. The colour palette moves from hot reds, yellows and oranges that represent the sun setting on the mining industry and the closure of Lea Hall Colliery, to cooler colours such as blues and purples signifying the community looking toward the future and the dawn of a new day.

The glass forms a backdrop to the dramatic depiction of a miner, a deer, woodland and the cooling towers of the nearby power station. These refer to the local history, natural beauty of Cannock Chase and industry of Rugeley. The black powder coated, laser cut steel is symbolic of coal. 

Jaqueline ran a series of glass workshops with users of the centre and school children to inform the community of the techniques that would be used in the making process and identify themes and imagery. 

The finished artwork is a combination of traditional craft techniques - hand decorated glass and modern, high tech, laser cut metal processes. These techniques reflect the community's respect for it's history and the forward looking direction of Lea Hall.
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