Posted:  February 28th, 2012
Scottish Stained Glass is proud to open our newest branch office in San Antonio, Texas. While we have previously served San Antonio’s stained glass needs while working with clients over the internet, we are now excited to be able to meet our clients in their homes, offices, or religious locations. Our designers will be reaching out to interior designers, architects and custom home builders as well as consumers to increase the understanding of what our custom glass can accomplish.
Because of San Antonio’s extensive history there are a number of different stained glass styles which have been used over the centuries. Scottish Stained Glass can match nearly any of these styles, and has developed a speciality working with the Praire, Frank Lloyd Wright, and Tiffany’s stained glass.
Scottish Stained Glass is the leading residential stained glass studio of our kind in the United States. We have spent the past 20 years perfecting our approach for adding stained glass to modern residential homes. Typically we visit a clients home for at least 45 minutes to get an initial feel for the existing decor as well as the clients design goals. Then we show thousands of photos from previous projects and discuss what might look good in the particular application. In most cases we then develop initial designs on the spot, sketching our thoughts on graph paper and often agreeing on the design with clients on the spot. In other cases we take the design back to our Austin workshop and develop CAD and Photoshop renderings that allow customers to see even more closely what the finished product will look like.
Once the design is approved by the clients, our local artistans take 3-6 weeks to build the windows. This building process is time tested. Adapted by our owner Martin Faith from the centuries of glass production techniques developed by Scottish artisans into a process that will work for modern American homes, Scottish Stained Glass bonds almost all our installations to existing windows rather than replacing the window panes. While this stained glass process is sometimes odd to certain clients, this allows us to accomplish 3 goals at once. The stained glass is protected from the harsh Austin sun, and will subsequently last much longer, no building codes are violated, and the inherent benefits of the existing window, including security and energy efficiency all remain intact.
To see examples of just a few of our previous installations, please visit our stained glass gallery.
Scottish Stained Glass works with a number of commercial clients across the San Antonio region, including hotels, banks, and bars where stained glass was frequently used at the turn of the last century. We have experience repairing and restoring this type of glass and can often create new windows to complement and existing installations. We can also create replacement stained glass installations that can match the styles and techniques which have been used in San Antonio over the last few centuries. For more modern commercial clients, we create interpretive stained glass designs that add to the aesthetic of a building or permanently commemorate an individual or group.
Religious organizations throughout San Antonio are also served by Scottish Stained Glass. Whether looking for repair and restoration, or the development of new stained Glass, Scottish has the experience and expertise to navigate the complicated process of conceptualizing, designing, funding, and installing stained glass in a church, temple, chapel or other religious location. Having worked with hundreds of churches across the United States, we understand the process and can provide extensive insight on all aspects of the project.
To learn more about our capabilities, visit our San Antonio Stained Glass page.