Keiko Miura’s grand-scale stained glass work appears around the world in churches, hospitals, libraries, parks and — in the case of the Nagano Sports Complex, home of the Winter Olympics (1998) — an athletic stadium. Miura studied at Doshisha Women’s College in Kyoto, Japan and the Harvard Art School in Cambridge, Massachusetts. In order to capture the essence of light present
in the four distinct seasons experienced in Japan, Miura created her own stained-glass medium, in which thick pieces of exquisitely colored glass are held in place by a unique formula of glass and black epoxy resin. This original technique she has called “Roclair.” Her work is beautifully presented in the book “Glass Art: Keiko Miura.”
The gifts came to All Pilgrims through relationships nurtured by Reverends Hallam & Helen Shorrock, who served for over forty years as “Living Link” missionaries in Japan from Seattle First Christian Church, one of the two congregations that merged to become All Pilgrims.
The Rev. Hallum Shorrock and All Pilgrims’ former pastor, Rev. Peter Drury, kept a close relationship through the years, ultimately leading toward the recommendation that All Pilgrims Church be considered for these gifts. Through these relationships nurtured over many years, a common Christian faith, and a lasting dedication to the understanding of God as Love who calls us to Peace, a tremendous shared appreciation developed with Keiko Miura and her artwork.