Though many people know us for our ability to build new stained glass windows, we’re also able to repair aging or antique stained glass as well. Stained glass remodeling and renovation offers a way to restore worn or damaged glass to its original beauty. But it must be done with a high level of care and precision since glass is indeed a fragile substance.
hile the popularity of stained glass spans centuries, in the last 100 years there has been a resurgence of interest and application of stained glass on homes and churches worldwide. Additionally, even the best stained glass windows, especially in ancient cathedrals, need to be replaced. These two factors open the door for new emerging artists to come into their own and prove themselves masters of their craft. One such church is Grossmünster in Zurich, Switzerland and one such artist is Sigmar Polke.
Sigmar Polke is an acclaimed German painter and photographer. Throughout his career, he is known to have experimented with a variety of materials, styles and subject matter. In the case of Grossmünster church, he used a particularly unique style which appears to be almost a mix of Abstract and Art Nouveau. Material wise, he made the very smart decision to use cross-sections of semi-precious stones, giving the windows a sparkling gem-like quality when hit by the light. All together Sigmar Polke created 13 stained glass windows for the cathedral in Grossmünster church with styles ranging from purely abstract to figurative. As you can see, and as it is widely agreed, the results are stunning.
At Scottish Stained glass, stained glass is our passion. We love what we do and it shows in the quality of work. Over the past 20 years, we have created thousands of masterpieces for homes, churches, cathedrals, mosques and more. We are able to create and fit nearly any window perfectly with stained, leaded, frosted or beveled glass. We also have numerous locations countrywide and will be happy to give you a free quote. Contact us today for more information and to schedule a free consultation with one of our experts.
Charles Rennie Mackintosh was an architect, painter, and stained glass artisan from Glasgow, Scotland. He was born in 1868 as the fourth oldest of a large family that had 11 children total. At the young age of 15, Charles began attending evening classes at the Glasgow School of Art. A year later, he became apprentice to a local architect by the name of John Hutchinson.
Do you have a stained glass window in your church or temple that needs repairs? This helpful guide will introduce you to topics such as how to find a restoration company, signs of deterioration, and what to expect for the restoration process.
Deep in the Edinburgh National Museum, nestled artfully at the end of a long hallway full of some of Scotland’s most prized relics, hangs a towering window which, at first glance may not even catch your attention. But if the viewer stops for a good look and finds the stunning beauty of this prize window soon becomes apparent. A museum is the perfect resting place for such an intricately crafted stained glass window such as this, by one of Scotland’s leading stained glass artist–Douglas Strachan, whose many works include the north window of the High Kirk of Saint Giles and The National War Memorial at Edinburgh Castle.
The reclaimed piece was once a window on Montrose Old Parish Kirk, Angus and represents the intricate craftsmanship and lasting beauty of stained glass. This piece truly represents the distinct religious stained glass style near the end of the Victorian era. The beautiful meandering leading and prominent depiction of realistic figurines speak to its well-deserved place among history’s finest. While the stained glass of today may be drastically different in style and subject matter, the pure staying power of such a beauty never goes out of vogue.
At Scottish Stained Glass we pride ourselves in carrying on a stained glass tradition that goes back many hundreds of years. We create our windows with the same attention to detail as the old masters, using traditional and modern techniques to make stained glass that will last for generations. We not only build custom stained glass windows for homes in the Denver/Metro area, we also do church stained glass restoration and repair. Since we understand the value of precious relics, like a decades or even centuries old chapel stained glass, we treat it with the corresponding respect. Choosing a company like Scottish Stained Glass is imperative to ensure quality craftsmanship and a long life for your windows. Properly constructed or restored stained glass window will last 80-100 years before needing more attention. We have 25 years of experience in the stained glass vocation and we are a stained glass contractor you can trust. For more information on custom or restored stained glass contact us today!