'Dreams Behind the Scenes' by Elizabeth Lamont

Elizabeth checking a texture experiment

Nymans spring season opens with the launch of a unique collection of five glowing glass creations by local artist Elizabeth Lamont. The glass will be displayed in the family rooms, among the collection which inspired each individual piece.

Following a background in publishing and fine art, Elizabeth currently combines a teaching career with her glass work. Based in Sussex, where she had lived for more than 20 years, her glasswork is very much rooted in the local area. She sources most of her glass through Opus Stained Glass in Poynings, where her glass is kilned.

Before starting the process of painting and kilning, Elizabeth first spent many weeks researching Nymans fascinating history, exploring connections with the collection creating designs and sourcing vibrant and soft toned glass. She selected 5 items from the collection on which to base her glasswork.

" I love combining research with the creative processes. My discoveries have revealed intriguing background details and exciting connections between the lives, passions and creative achievements of the Messel family'. "
- Elizabeth Lamont

A frog's dreams of more interesting times.

Echoing dreams of his homeland, a green ceramic frog (an 18th century Chinese earthquake detector) acquires a  3 panel illuminated backdrop, composed of fiery, swirling glass painted with a volcanic landscape. For the triptych painting Elizabeth studied Chinese brush painting and themes guided by Chinese brush painter Jane Dwight.     

Triptych as the frog's background
Triptych as the frog's background

The stage is set

With rich red glass curtains framing a dreamy moonlit landscape, Elizabeth has created a miniature stage set for the Book Room to complement the theatrical television cabinet made by stage designer Oliver Messel for his mother Maud. A miniature stage set complements the arch of the television cabinet and is suggestive of Oliver's dreams of home when he was away at boarding school. 

The stage is set
The stage is set

The Quaking Quail

Colour is introduced into the traditional blue and white world of Chinese porcelain from the edges of a stained glass panel. At the centre of the piece, dreaming of adventure, a small quail from a large platter strays unwittingly into the path of a dragon on an exotic plate. The circular, central panel is composed of two layers of glass. Colour flows from the edges of the piece where it is displayed on a light box so it  can be viewed to full colourful effect.  

The Quaking Quail 2016 by Elizabeth Lamont
The Quaking Quail 2016 by Elizabeth Lamont

Two other pieces 'Maud Messel's Vision' and 'A Midsummer's Night at Nymans' are on display in the both the Garden Link and Library.

You can find out more about Elizabeth and her work by visiting her website.