Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada
WILLIAM (BILL) POPIEL
The transformation of sunlight through stained glass has always excited me. From the penciled concept to the finished work, stories big, small, and sometimes hidden, are realized. Coalesced from selected glass refraction properties, color frequency, line and form, to truly move your soul.
My work uniquely often contains hand painted and fired imagery and symbols as the principal element in the piece, or to add further interest to the work overall.
A story about journeying without traveling. Seeing without sight, and places only some know how to get there and why.
Steampunk Fish Sub
Hand painted and fired on spectrum glass (254mm x 204 mm)
Returning to the I Am
Lead came construction with Bullseye, Saint Just, GNA and Fisher glass.
lead came framed, hand painted & fired Saint Just flash glass. In direct sunlight the seas bubbles light up like stars in the sky!
hand painted and fired bullseye and Saint Just glass. lead came construction with copper wire supports and found clock mechanism and hands. (310 mm tip)
Hand painted fish fired on spectrum glass. Silver stained side panels. lead came construction with wire details
Reverse painted and fused between two sheets of Bullseye glass. hung in an oak and brass rod frame
hand painted and screen printed & fired details on bullseye, spectrum and Saint Just glass. Lead came consrtuction with copper wire supports and detailing c/w found clock mechanism and hands. (310 mm tip)
Dicro backed Bullseye glass fused to Wasser glass with printed & fired Goddess labyrinth decal. trim and bail formed, silver soldered and polished from "Arctic Fox" anti-tarnish silver.
Hand painted and fired Kokopelli figure on dicro backed lacy white opalescent Bullseye glass, kiln fused to a patterned Wasser glass back. Front trim, pendant bail and center rivet are solid 925 Sterling Silver. 25mm x 30mm
65 mm hand painted and silver stained GNA tile with Dicro element, wire supported in front of a 125 mm prepared canvas. Sunlight projects an image on the canvas screen that reveals the folds, bubbles and colour shift from the Dicro element.
Designed & printed enamel snowflake decal fired on glass with twisted red yarn & tassel, 76mm x 76mm x 3mm