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ARCHITECTURAL ART

Enamelled Steel Font with Mosaic Floor - St Cuthbert's Portsmouth

 
Detail of enamelled font stand - Mel Howse
The Vortex Font - Mel Howse
Full of water. the vortex font. - Mel Howse
Enamelled baptism vessel - Mel Howse
Detail of enamelled font stand - Mel Howse
Detail of enamelled font stand - Mel Howse
Font with Mosaic Floor - Copnor  St Cuthbert  - Mel Howse
Font with Mosaic Floor - Copnor  St Cuthbert - Mel Howse
Font with Mosaic Floor - Copnor  St Cuthbert - Mel Howse
Location: St Cuthbert's Church, Copnor, Portsmouth, Hampshire.
The design for the font at St Cuthbert’s is based on the notion of a pillar, or vortex, of water rising from the church floor. The form of the font is dynamic and full of energy.

At floor level the font design begins as a spiral, progressively working its way up the font stand. The continuous motion of the enamelled design represents regeneration. Although the piece is visually moving, it has a centered and powerful form, symbolic of the strength of God and the Trinity.

The vortex flows and rises to the baptism vessel itself, which appears carried or held on the top of a vortex. The design reaches its climax within the baptism vessel. The bursting forth of the water symbolizes new life. Here, and in the stand, the enamelled skin is hand-worked by Mel to achieve the complex design.

The piece is sculptural and truly in the spirit of original design, and creates a focus for baptism within the newly re-ordered worship space.

A second element of this commission is a mosaic floor designed by Mel
and realized by fellow scholar and mosaicist Hannah Griffiths. The floor provides a setting for the font, to be revealed in full when the font is moved for events and celebrations that require space. The mosaic is composed of ceramic and hand made tiles incorporating 24 carat gold leaf.

Size: Font 1m x 1m. Floor 1.8m x 1.2m
Date: 2013