Glass wave: Locomotion No.1 and the Skerne Bridge


Glass wave: Locomotion No.1 and the Skerne Bridge

This handmade glass wave features Locomotion No.1 hauling waggons over Skerne Bridge in Darlington. Locomotion No.1 was the first locomotive to be purchased by the Stockton & Darlington Railway and she was used from the opening day in 1825.

This stunning and clever piece of glass art will look fabulous on a mantelpiece, in a window or with tea lights behind it. Each one is made by Judith Gill of Stockton in the UK using glass firing techniques to create individual landscapes and slumping to produce the wave shape; hand painting means every item is unique. Chemical reactions and firing create a surface in high relief that is both visually beautiful and highly tactile. A great opportunity to own an original piece of art reflecting the world class heritage of the Stockton & Darlington Railway, made by an artist from Stockton.

The glass wave measures just under 22cm wide x just under 16cm high.

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We are proud to support artists who live and work along the line of the Stockton & Darlington Railway. Judith lives in Stockton and specialises in art made from glass. In addition to studying textile design at Huddersfield, Judith also trained at the renowned Sunderland glass centre. Her glassware has been exhibited at the V&A and she is a member of Cohesion Glass Group, Digital City, Redcar and Cleveland Creative Hub, Contemporary Glass Society, AXIS and the Northern branch of the Guild of Glass Engravers.

The Skerne Bridge was going to be designed and built By George Stephenson using ironwork, but his other railway bridge further west had suffered problems in bad weather, the price of iron had rocketed and so confidence was low. The S&DR decided to bring in Ignatius Bonomi instead to design the bridge. He was the County Architect for Durham and designed the bridge in stone. The bridge needed some additional support within a short space of time, but remains in use today; it even featured on the British £5 note in the 1990s. It is the world’s oldest continuously operated railway bridge. You can read more about the Skerne Bridge or head over to the rest of our Skerne Bridge Collection.


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