Why did you choose stained glass making?
Wendy: The chance to combine the technical with the artistic. It allows you to be able to create and make objects that are not only beautiful and large in scale, but that are useful and carry out a purpose. There is a tangible result at the end of a lot of hard work.
What are your sources of inspiration?
Cora: The city of The Hague always inspires, but more specifically, we’ve recently become enthralled by some antique books we found on 1930s style stained glass designs. It fits with the aesthetic of our work as we make a lot of 1930s inspired windows for buildings throughout The Hague.
© Peter van Beek
What do you love most about this craft?
Wendy: When the moment has come to hold up the finished pane of glass. Throughout the making process it lies flat on the workbench, so to see the result is a wow moment, the reward of seeing the light filtering through the coloured panes of glass is the window as it should be.
Can you name a highlight from your career?
Cora: We were given the honour of making the stained glass windows, all forty of them, for Berlage’s villa here in The Hague. He is both our hero and our muse. Berlage designed the villa for himself, and his family. It is wonderful to have become a part of his design legacy.