Symbolism Behind Stained Glass Color in Churches

Posted October 19th, 2018 by ssgadmin

The Beautiful Art Form Of Stained Glass In Churches

There is literally no arguing that stained glass is one of the most lovely and aged art forms that we still enjoy today. While it is very popular on homes in the Fort Collins areas, it is also incredibly prolific on churches around the world. These amazing church stained glass windows are bold, bright and brilliant and have a much deeper purpose than you might expect. That’s right, while the amazing colors on church stained glass windows may just appear to be something lovely–there is much more in the way of meaning to these windows than meets the eye!

The Deep Meaning In The Colors Of Stained Glass

Stained glass has long been called “the poor man’s bible”. Why? Because during the medieval times when the majority of the world was illiterate and could not afford bibles, the role of stained glass windows was essentially that of a picture book. So the church used the depiction of Biblical events in stained glass windows as a way to teach those who could not read about the events and lessons in the Bible. Simply amazing! What’s more, each color used in the windows was for more than just show–the individual colors had the meaning assigned to them to take the picture lessons that much further. What were those meanings? Read below and find out.

The Meaning Of Stained Glass Colors On Stained Glass

Red: Not surprisingly represents the blood of Christ or the martyrdom of saints. It could also indicate strong emotions such as love or hate.
Blue: Is associated with the color of the sky and therefore symbolizes heaven, hope, sincerity, and piety–like the Virgin Mary.T
Green: Is the color of grass and nature and therefore represents growth and rebirth, life over death.
Violet: A bold color symbolizing love, truth, passion, and suffering.
White: Is a representation of chastity, innocence, and purity is often associated with God.
Black: A very rarely seen color in stained glass on churches it has connotations of both death and regeneration.
Yellow: The color most used in depictions of Judas so it sometimes symbolizes treachery but is also used in the halo of saints, or the Gates of Heaven and to symbolize divinity, power, and glory.
Purple: Since it is thought that Christ wore purple before His crucifixion the color often symbolizes suffering and endurance. Purple is also used to depict royalty or God the Father.
Gray: This color or hue is a symbol of humility and mourning and can also be seen representing the immortality of the spirit.
Brown: Used as a symbol of spiritual death and renunciation of worldly things.
Rainbow: A happy depiction of the union and God’s covenant with humanity.

Now that you know the symbolism behind the colors on church stained glass, take a closer look at the stained glass windows in your local chapel and see if you can pick up on deeper meanings there! For any questions about stained glass, stained glass creation or stained glass restoration, feel free to contact us at Scottish Stained Glass for work on your Fort Collins church!

A Brief History Of Stained Glass In the US

Posted October 16th, 2018 by ssgadmin

Stained Glass in America

As you likely well know, stained glass is an ancient art form dating back thousands of years. The stained glass here in the US obviously does not have the same length of history but a glorious one none-the-less. Here at Scottish Stained Glass, we take great pride in our increasingly lengthy tenure as stained glass artisans here in Colorado Springs and in many other cities across the country and therefore wanted to enlighten our readers with a brief history of stained glass right here in the United States Of America

Church Stained Glass:  The Beginning Of Stained Glass In The US

Glassmaking was initially established in America in Jamestown in 1607 and much like stained glass in Europe, stained glass on churches accounted for a large part of the stained glass proliferation.  Therefore, here in the United States, one of the earliest mentions of stained glass was, not surprisingly, in reference to an unpaid invoice for stained glass on a local chapel. Here we see a written complaint by an enterprising stained glass artist named Duyckingh requesting a payment of 2.5 beavers as payment for church stained glass he had installed. However, it would be quite a while from here until stained glass on churches and home really took off in America due to trends and the expense of glass in the new world

Innovations In Church And Home Stained Glass In The US

We really see stained glass take off in the US in 1857 with the establishment of J&R Lamb Studios in New York City.  This was the first major decorative arts studio in the United States and for many years they produced the majority of the ecclesiastical stained glass.

From this point on is where we see stained glass in the US grow and a real push towards innovation with Notable American craftsman like:

John La Farge (1835–1910) Invented opalescent glass and received a U.S. patent for it in 1880

Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848–1933): Received several patents for variations of  the opalescent process and probably invented the copper foil method as an alternative to lead.  This can be seen extensively in Tiffany windows, lamps and other decorations.

Charles J. Connick (1875-1945):  Founded his Boston studio in 1913 and was heavily influenced by his study of medieval stained glass in Europe. Connick created hundreds of windows throughout the USA, including major glazing schemes at Princeton University Chapel and at Pittsburgh’s Heinz Memorial Chapel.

All of these artists and many more led to the myriad of beautiful stained glass cathedrals, churches and much of the home stained glass we see here in the United States today.  For more information on stained glass for your Colorado Springs home or church contact Scottish Stained Glass today.

Exploring the History and Purpose of Church Stained Glass

Posted October 13th, 2018 by ssgadmin
historical church stained glass

Today, stained glass is a common architectural feature that can be found in various types of buildings throughout Salt Lake City. In hotels and restaurants, stained glass is often used to create interesting light fixtures or lampshade covers. And in homes in Salt Lake City, stained glass is used to provide privacy. However, the place where stained glass appears in the highest prevalence is churches and religious architecture.

The use of church stained glass can be dated back thousands of years to Ancient Egyptian times. Since its early beginnings, stained glass has evolved greatly as art form. Regardless, even through all the changes that have occurred over the years in architecture and design, stained glass still remains a popular part of modern churches and religious architecture. Understanding the history of church stained glass and its purpose can help explain how it has retained its popularity over time and why many churches find it so valuable and important.

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Three Reasons You Should Consider Restoring the Life & Beauty of Your Polson Church Stained Glass

Posted October 9th, 2018 by ssgadmin
polson church stained glass

In a picturesque place like Polson, it’s only fitting that our houses of worship should reflect the beauty of our mountainous lakeside landscape. If your local Polson church has stained glass in need of restoration, you may be weighing whether it’s worth it to restore the glass. Below, we’ve put together 3 reasons why stained glass restoration is always worth it.

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The Importance of Maintaining & Restoring Stained Glass in Historic Mustang Churches and Chapels

Posted October 9th, 2018 by ssgadmin
mustang church stained glass

In places like Mustang and the Oklahoma City metro area, churches often feature gorgeous historic stained glass that functions not only as a beautiful artistic centerpiece within the church, but also as spiritual inspiration for attendees, which is why it’s important to keep it in good condition. If your Mustang church’s stained glass needs restoration, there are a few things you should know before diving into the process.

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