From the Collection of John and Marg Nicholson
Ted Goodden became interested in stained glass after visiting the studio of Theo Lubbers, a Dutch stained glass artist, in Montreal. At the time, Ted was employed by McGill University and preparing to take doctoral studies in clinical psychology. When an apprenticeship position was offered at Theo Lubbers Studio in l973, he made a life-changing career decision. Ted followed this first three-year apprenticeship with a journeyman apprenticeship with the English stained glass artist, Patrick Reyntiens. He traveled through France by bicycle, visiting medieval cathedrals along the way. In 1979, he opened his own stained glass studio in London, Ontario, the city in which he was born. The city has a rich legacy of Victorian stained glass, a significant portion of which Ted restored over the years of his practice there. In 2012, Ted moved to Hornby Island with his wife, the poet, Cornelia Hoogland.
This was a commissioned work Ted made for a window in our former home. We worked closely together, building the loosely representational work from blueprints, assembling motifs that rif on historical architecture in London. There is a relationship between this piece and a glass window that was in the old Auberge de Petit Prince restaurant, on King Street.