Stained Glass

I have been working with stained glass for a number of years. It is a very time-consuming process that requires a great amount of patience.  The term stained glass can refer to colored glass as a material or to works produced from it. Throughout its thousand-year history, the term has been applied almost exclusively to the windows of churches and other significant buildings. Although traditionally made in flat panels and used as windows, the creations of modern stained glass artists also include three-dimensional structures and sculpture.

Stained glass, as an art and a craft, requires the artistic skill to conceive an appropriate and workable design, and the engineering skills to assemble the piece. A window must fit snugly into the space for which it is made, must resist wind and rain, and also, especially in the larger windows, must support its own weight. Many large windows have withstood the test of time and remained substantially intact since the late Middle Ages. In Western Europe they constitute the major form of pictorial art to have survived. In this context, the purpose of a stained glass window is not to allow those within a building to see the world outside or even primarily to admit light but rather to control it. For this reason stained glass windows have been described as ‘illuminated wall decorations’.

In my more recent pieces I have begun to incorporate wood into my pieces.  The stained glass clock is placed into a stained oak frame.  The oak frame in contrast with the bold blue tones of the glass is a representation of the arts and crafts movement. The last piece was a lamp made of quarter-inch thick plywood stained in red oak, the wood brings an added richness to the amber-colored glass that is inserted into the panels.  The design that is carved into the panels is that of Frank Lloyd Wrights Darwin Martin house stained glass windows.  The pattern has always been a favorite of mine being from Buffalo the house is one of our main attractions.

 

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