Heritage Restoration and Design has had many years of experience in the fabrication of new stained glass windows. We design stained glass windows not only to match many historic styles but also windows that flow with interior design schemes of existing and new buildings. When it comes to leaded and stained glass designs, options are virtually limitless. Below are some of the many thoughts we have on new glass design and the general steps we take in designing and manufacturing new stained glass.
Stained and leaded glass windows are a very descriptive art form. In their simplest form, they can be used to tell generational stories, highlight architectural elements, add vibrant color to the surroundings and provide a unique design element as only textured and colored glass can do.
Conceptualizing stained glass is a very artistic process usually conducted hand in hand with the client. The job of the stained glass firm is to determine the reason the client wants this type of glass work, and then create a design encompassing the intended vision of the customer. The windows and panels often tell a story. This is especially true in houses of worship and other institutional buildings.
Three main thought processes, individually or combined, are employed when conceptualizing the desire for true stained glass. The first process considers that the client is looking to bring into a space, a noticeable design element that then compliments its surroundings. For example, stained glass in cabinet doors or over door entrances. The second is the inclusion of color into a space. Nothing compares to natural light transmitting through colored glass. An example might be a waiting room that is otherwise very corporate and ‘institutional’ without a splash of color. Another example is a Tiffany lamp shade sitting in an office or home. And finally, the third process is the desire to tell a story with windows or panels. Common examples are houses of worship and state and federal courthouses. Churches often tell a story by using a series of windows to, for instance, describe the Life of Christ. By comparison, courthouses may have a ceiling dome with rich colored geometric patterns, or depict Lady Justice with the scales. By no means, do either of these thought processes have to be used individually. Combining an architectural space with color and telling a story is seen in the most descriptive windows in the world. Resurrection Church in Leawood, Kansas, the Cathedral Basilica in Lexington, Kentucky, the cemetery mausoleum in Justice, Illinois, any of the major cathedrals in Europe and even in The Al Faisaliah Centre, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia are great examples of large windows full of design and color that tell great stories.
An art glass master will consider the intended purpose and location, color, translucency and texture when designing new stained glass windows and panels.
General Process for New Window Creation
- Conceptualizing with the client
- Include in the preliminary designs the elements of architectural design, color, texture and the story the windows are to tell
- Provide preliminary sketches for consideration
- Provide preliminary full color representations of each unit
- Client approval
- Studio full size cartoons
- Making of the windows
- Shipping and installation at clients location
New window manufacturing is a lengthy process and requires many hours of design prior to creating the beautiful work of art. Sometimes it is feasible for a client to do a full set of panels or windows complete with installation. Other times, the client may want to do a project in phases dividing the cost over several years. Heritage Restoration and Design will work with the clients specific needs and budgets.
- Light Capturing
- Church and Chapel
- Transom Panels
- Doors and Sidelights
- Tiffany Lamps
- Suspended Ceilings
- Ceiling Domes
- Backlit Units
- Cabinet Doors
- Restraunt and Pub
- Client Locations
- Retail Storefronts
- Education Facilities
- Corporate Offices