Stained glass is the only art form to harness the magic of transmitted rather than reflected light to reveal the design. Thus it is a medium that has the potential to transform a space and flood it with an ever-changing symphony of light and colour.
Whether you want to make a bold architectural statement, replace a traditional decorative glass scheme, gain privacy without cutting out too much light or simply wish to enjoy the beauty of a unique work of art, there are endless possibilities with stained glass.
There are many different types of coloured or textured glasses to choose from, from light pastel colours to rich vibrant hues. Individual designs are tailor-made to match the clients’ tastes and the environment or specific requirements of the project. For instance, panels can be made with a special lead border that can be sealed into a toughened, double glazed unit and offer the additional strength and safety standards to satisfy building regulations without detracting greatly from the stained glass. The coloured plastic film and stick-on lead employed by many window, door and conservatory manufacturers are no substitute for the colours, permanence and textures of real glass or the hand-crafted finish of a leaded design.
Traditional leading techniques can be used for door panels, windows, room-dividers, hanging panels, back-lit signs and even garden sculptures. The glass can be painted to produce more detailed decorative effects using traditional methods if required, etched, fused, appliquéd or left plain according to taste. In some cases, the ‘copper-foil’ technique, devised by Louis Comfort Tiffany, may be the most appropriate method of constructing panels or three-dimensional objects. It can also be used to create stunning individual works of art and back-lit by a light-box that can be free-standing or hung like a picture. The possible applications are only limited by your imagination.