Using the sumptuous colours of Tiffany art glass (favrile glass) this is an attempt to create a trompe l’oeil effect, ie to “fool the eye” into thinking the piece is 3-dimensional. Since first becoming interested in mosaic I’ve been pursuing the potential inherent in mosaic technique and stained glass to create that sense of the third dimension in windows. The results are remarkable and cannot be achieved with any other technique. In certain light conditions elements of the piece seem to float off the background, to recede or advance towards the viewer. An added effect is that because the edges of the glass tesserae (mosaic tiles) are not buried in lead channel or wrapped in copper foil as in traditional stained glass work, they are available to reflect light. This results in a scintillating ripple of sparks of light across the piece as the light source or the viewer moves. Because I’m working with sun light the level of luminosity is constantly changing, bringing subtle and spectacular changes to the piece.