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saint patricks stations of the cross by stephen bradley

Stations of the Cross

the 12 plates created by Stephen Bradlay commemorating the stations of the cross

Stephen Bradley

Stephen Bradley Is one of the Country's leading experts in glass engraving. He won National acclaim when he sculpted his "Arthur Vase" - on display in the Shore Gallery of St. Patrick's Church. Following an exhibition of the artists in Kensington, London, he was commissioned by Fr. Gregory Grant to sculpt the Fourteen Stations of the Cross that depict the last few hours of the life of Christ from his condemnation by Pontius Pilate to his Crucifixion. Because of the fragile nature of the medium the artist had to make 42 plates (created by fusing two different colours of glass together) - 28 cracked or broke at various stages in their development - including some that were almost complete. The work took two and a half years to finish

Stephen was a lecturer in glass engraving at the Royal College of Art at the time of his commission. Both he and his brother - Andrew Bradley - trained in glassmaking at Stoke-on-Trent. Andrew assisted Stephen in the task of The Stations of The Cross by decorating the outer rims of the plates with engraved work. At the opening of the Church the two brothers donated as a gift this series of work in memory of their father.

Stephen Bradley also created the two Holy Water Stoops in the Narthex, inscribed with the words taken from St. Peter and carved around the Baptismal Font in Clifton Cathedral. He also created the magnificent crystal chandelier in the Narthex.

In 1995 the two brothers, Stephen and Andrew, formed their own business, workshop and gallery in Beccles, Norfolk, where their ability at restoration as well as their unique creative talent is gaining wide recognition throughout the country.