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St. Finian’s Primary School, Cold Ash, Berkshire. The St. Finian’s window’s consist of two large round stained glass windows representing ‘The Creation’ and ‘The Resurrection’, and 14 smaller windows of ‘The Stations of the Cross’. The new purpose built school building by architect Neville Churcher includes all of the fittings and furniture as part of the overall scheme, ergonomically designed for the children to make the most flexible use of each space whilst providing a light and inspiring interior. The large round windows are installed at either end in the gable walls of the school hall, and the fourteen smaller windows are fitted in seven pairs to seven classrooms. The Stations of the Cross windows reproduce paintings by the children in the central painted roundel. Each window is set on a ‘cross’ of silver stained painted glass, and each station uses a different pallette of fused glass around the ‘Crown of Thorns’ surrounding the roundel. All of the stained glass windows for St. Finian’s school were encapsulated inside double glazed units. This option offers the beauty of traditional stained glass windows while maintaining the advantages of double glazing.
Each painted roundel, inspired by the children's work, is surrounded by a crown of thorns and splashes of colour created using glass fusing techniques. The temperature was carefully controlled during the firing process to maintain the sharp appearance of the glass which represents the crown of thorns.