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Stained Glass design studio ST John's Chapel stained glass window

From Isiah 40:31 – “But those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will not run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.”

The size is 6M x 6M to the apex, a large window spanning the whole area behind the altar.

The new stained glass window is comprised of 37 sections of single-glazed leaded panels.  The design is executed in acided flashed antique glass and uses streaky and single pot colour hand-made antique glass with kiln – fired traditional oxide pigments and silver stain.  The glass is leaded in the traditional manner using lead calmes and sealed with leaded light cement.


The design depicts a central Golden Eagle which is soaring upwards and symbolises St John the Evangelist and Apostle, because of his ‘lofty and soaring’ gospel.  It is also symbolic of the resurrection and ascension of Christ, and of baptised Christians who have symbolically died and risen with Christ.  The Eagle of St John is the school emblem.


The Eagle rises from the image of a palm frond, recalling Jesus’s Triumphant Entry into Jerusalem before the Last Supper and Passion. Below are the symbols of that feast and of the Eucharist, the wine and corn.  The palm of victory and the Eagle move up towards the Holy Spirit in the apex of the window, which is descending as a blessing.

Eagle of Saint John window

eagle of St John window cartoon

The full size window cartoon - detail of the central image, the Eagle of St John Detail of the Eagle of St John from the completed window.

Eagle symbol of St John

Stained Glass photo gallery of the new window at Saint John’s School Chapel

The new stained glass window complements the architectural context If you would like to read our blog post window on St John’s please click New Contemporary Stained Glass for the Main East Window Or follow this link if you would like to read Bishop Ian Brackley’s response to the new stained glass window. stained glass artist To see the windows being fitted at St Johns view slideshow of the installation More on the new stained glass at St Johns School Chapel