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Authentic Stained Glass Windows

Posted June 14th, 2013 by Martin Faith
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Customize the Style, Colors, and Shape of Your Authentic Stained Glass Windows

When it comes to home renovations, there are tons of products available today that replicate the look of authentic stained glass. Everything from adhesive-based films to factory-made identical windows are available to homeowners today, but these alternatives lack the true beauty and lasting effect that authentic stained glass offers any home, and we want to tell you why getting the real thing is fantastic choice!

Why Choose Authentic Stained Glass

Scottish Stained Glass is the largest studio of its kind in the country, and we have produced literally tens of thousands of windows during our more than 20 years in business. We use traditional methods to build our beautiful windows, and since every piece is custom, you’ll be getting exactly what you want for any space in your home.

One common alternative to real leaded glass windows is a film applique that has the image of leaded glass on it.  Typically, you have to cut this film to fit your windows, and applying it can be difficult.  Further, you can see quite easily that this is simply a film product, especially over time since it will likely peel away and bubble.

Some companies offer stained glass windows that are made at a high volume.  This means that they are built in a factory, and several hundreds of windows will be exactly the same.  When you choose authentic pieces, however, no two clients will have the same exact windows, and each one is hand-built per order.  You’ll be able to truly customize the style, colors, and overall shape of your piece, without having to settle for a pre-made window.

At Scottish Stained Glass, our expert team will help you design a window that is all your own, and that is truly a work of glass art.  Your window can be cherished within your family for many years to come, and if properly cared for, can essentially last forever.

Authentic Stained Glass with Scottish

If you would like to learn more about our authentic stained glass, give us a call or send an email today.  We will be able to answer any questions, and set you up with a designer to go over style options and price points.  We can’t wait to help you create a piece that you truly love today!

Bathroom Stained Glass Denver

Posted June 11th, 2013 by Martin Faith

One of our most popular choices at Scottish Stained Glass is our bathroom stained glass windows for homeowners throughout the country. Our custom leaded glass windows are the perfect addition to any home, and we want to show you how our pieces can help you create your dream bathroom, and a space that you’ll always love.

 Bathroom Stained Glass Styles

The term “stained glass” may conjure up images of ornate, colorful windows in a church.  Today, however, stained glass is frequently used in homes for privacy, as well as for decorative appeal, and rarely resembles this traditional image of the art form.

Because each window that we create is custom, you’ll be able to get exactly what you’re looking for, regardless of the size or shape you need.  While you can truly add leaded glass to nearly any window in your home, bathrooms are one of our most common choices for homeowners for several reasons.  If you have a window in your bathroom, you know how important privacy can be in this space. However, you may want to keep the natural light that comes through these windows.  With Scottish Stained Glass, you don’t have to choose between the two.

We offer a vast selection of glass types that block vision, yet still let natural light into your bathroom.  You’ll work with an expert designer through this process to help you find which glass type, or combinations of glass types, works best to incorporate your personal style while adding privacy to your windows.

We pride ourselves in being able to accommodate clients of all differing styles with our beautiful leaded glass windows.  Our designers are experienced with both modern styles, and traditional looks to provide you with excellent style selections to choose from.  Often homeowners choose to design windows without any colored glass for a more timeless look, but we also have a huge selection of colored glass for that splash of color to brighten your bathroom.

Scottish Stained Glass for Bathrooms

With over 20 years in business under our belt, you can count on our expert team to create the most beautiful bathroom stained glass available today.  All of our windows are completely authentic leaded glass, and they are built to last. Contact us today to learn more about our beautiful bathroom stained glass today, and we’ll set you up with a free consultation!

June’s Beautiful Stained Glass Windows

Posted June 5th, 2013 by Martin Faith

5. Hawaiian Stained Glass

This beautiful Hawaiian stained glass from Surf Art Studios as an amazing example of how glass textures, painted glass, and creative design can result in absolutely gorgeous windows.  These bright colors really do match the bright, tropical colors of Hawaii.

4. Entryway Leaded Glass

This entryway/hallway solution provided one of our clients with the design feature that they desired without impacting the natural light that they wanted to flow into their large family room.  This contemporary leaded glass design worked especially well with the natural colored walls and wood framed windows.  See more of our stained glass entryways.

3. Beautiful Stained Glass Woman

Bogenrief Studios and Jim Berberich have been working together for years to craft gorgeous stained glass windows featuring extraordinarily lifelike  faces and hands.  The works are always well constructed and beautiful.  This piece is especially intriguing with the numerous glass colors and textures that are so well used throughout the window.

2. Floral Stained Glass Bathroom

This floral stained glass pattern, installed in a bathroom , is a great way to provide some natural light to a bathroom while ensuring privacy and enhancing beauty.  This particular pattern was created from a client’s request for a particular color scheme.  Click here to see more of our bathroom stained glass

1. Stained Glass Rose

This charming stained glass rose designed by Robert Oddy demonstrates the great power that comes in the juxtaposition of clear glass textured glass with colored glass.  We love the way the lead lines run through the glass so naturally!  

Scottish Stained Glass Entryways

Posted June 5th, 2013 by Martin Faith

Creating beautiful entryways that incorporate stained glass windows is one of our specialties here at Scottish Stained Glass.  Your entryway is the first impression of your home that visitors will get, and we can help you create an area that displays your personal style and offers a welcoming, open feel to your living space.

Creating Stained Glass Entryways

At Scottish Stained Glass, one of our favorite projects is a full entryway renovation.  We offer a beautiful selection of solid wood doors that are completely custom to fit your home and style.  Our doors are heavy wood, to provide you with excellent insulation, and a fabulous looking door that is made to truly last.

You’ll start the process by working with one of our experienced stained glass designers to find the right design and style to fit your needs.  As a homeowner, you want every aspect of your home to reflect your personal style, and to look beautiful.  Our vast glass types and leaded design possibilities offer endless options to create the entryway of your dreams. Your designer will help you find the perfect look whether you have a contemporary home, a traditional space, or something in the middle.

When you choose a full entryway remodel, we can help you find a look that completes your space.  We offer units that have built in sidelights and transoms along with the new door, and we can create any combination of those aspects that fits within your space and your budget.  No matter what you choose, you can count on getting the most beautiful entryway available for your home.

If you already have windows in your entryway door, or sidelights and transoms in this area, we can also simply build stained glass window to fit within these existing spaces.  Depending on which glass types you choose, we can create designs that provide privacy for your home, without blocking the natural light coming through your windows, and while adding style to an otherwise blank space.

Your Stained Glass Entryway

If you would like to learn more about our process for creating custom stained glass entryways, give us a call or send an email today.  We will set you up with one of our experts to give you a free, in-home consultation on your entryway, and get started on the process immediately.  We can’t wait to add the entryway you’ve always wanted to your home!

June’s Beautiful Stained Glass Windows

Posted May 31st, 2013 by Martin Faith

5. Hawaiian Stained Glass

This beautiful Hawaiian stained glass from Surf Art Studios as an amazing example of how glass textures, painted glass, and creative design can result in absolutely gorgeous windows.  These bright colors really do match the bright, tropical colors of Hawaii.

4. Entryway Leaded Glass

This entryway solution provided one of our clients with the privacy that they desired without impacting the natural light that they wanted to flow into their large family room.  This Prairie Style inspired leaded glass design worked especially well with the natural colored walls and  wood framed windows.  See more of our stained glass entryways.

3. Beautiful Stained Glass Woman

Bogenrief Studios and Jim Berberich have been working together for years to craft gorgeous stained glass windows featuring extraordinarily lifelike  faces and hands.  The works are always well constructed and beautiful.  This piece is especially intriguing with the numerous glass colors and textures that are so well used throughout the window.

2. Floral Stained Glass Bathroom

This floral stained glass pattern, installed in a bathroom , is a great way to provide some natural light to a bathroom while ensuring privacy and enhancing beauty.  This particular pattern was created from a client’s request for a particular color scheme.  Click here to see more of our bathroom stained glass

1. Stained Glass Rose

This charming stained glass rose designed by Robert Oddy demonstrates the great power that comes in the juxtaposition of clear glass textured glass with colored glass.  We love the way the lead lines run through the glass so naturally!  

The Ancient Art of Stained Glass Windows Makes History in the Modern World

Posted May 22nd, 2013 by Martin Faith

Here at Scottish Stained Glass, we have the utmost respect for the tradition and history of stained glass, but it is not that often that we find “stained glass history” in the making. So we were fascinated to discover this article in the Stained Glass Quarterly, entitled: “Building Bridges of Glass – How Stained Glass Windows are Furthering Peace in the Middle East.”

Read this article here:

The history of stained glass windows in that part of the world is believed to even predate the most ancient pieces discovered in Europe. Perhaps this is not surprising, considering that the Middle East is a sandy, arid desert land, and the main component of glass is sand!

The ancient Arab cultures there actually made windows using thin slabs of translucent alabaster, with pieces of colored glass inserted. Apparently in the ancient city of Sana’a, in Yemen, (a UNESCO World Heritage Site) many of the tall slender buildings contain vividly colored stained glass. The ancient Arab methodology entailed cutting the glass into pieces known as mullions, then attaching them with strips of gypsum into beautiful abstract patterns.

Although religious icons and biblical scenes were the hallmark of medieval European stained glass art, this kind of storytelling never developed in the Middle East. Stained glass was used strictly for decorative purposes… until recently.

For their 75th birthday, St. John’s Church in Cairo approached an American artist, Deborah Balchen, to create 9 oil paintings depicting various Biblical stories concerning Egypt, stories that were also mentioned in the Qur’an. One of the missions of this highly respected church has been to build a bridge between Christians and Muslims via the arts, to show how East and West can work together and even enhance each other’s’ spiritual lives. The paintings were to be used as the foundation of 9 stained glass windows that were created by Egyptian stained glass artist Dr. Ahmed Nabil and his son Amr, under the guidance of Deborah Balchen, who was living in Cairo at the time.

The nine finished stained glass windows were installed in January of 2006, and the opening of the exhibition, including the windows and the nine original oil paintings, was widely attended and praised by both Christians and Muslims.

A year later, Deborah was commissioned to do a larger set of windows by Nobel Peace Prize finalist Archbishop Chacour, for The Church of the Sermon on the Mount in Galilee, Israel. His charge to Deborah was to create windows that offer the message of peace and the all inclusive nature of God – a challenge she happily accepted.

The article contains wonderful photos of the Deborah Balchen’s oil paintings and all the stained glass windows, as well as a lot of fascinating information about how she researched the project, where she got her inspiration from, and the initiatives of the various churches involved to bring peace and harmony to that fractured and troubled part of the world.

What an inspiring stained glass project! As stained glass artists, we are honored to be a part of this amazing tradition of art, one that stretches back many centuries around the world, and continues to make history to this day.

Contact us to work with one of our talented stained glass artists, to make your own individual piece of stained glass history!

How Scottish Stained Glass Creates Custom Designs for Long Distance Clients

Posted May 22nd, 2013 by Martin Faith

In our twenty plus years in business, we have installed gorgeous stained glass windows in countless Denver area homes and in many other cities as well. Although we’ve been opening more showrooms in other cities, there are still many stained glass lovers across the country who would love to have a custom designed stained glass window, but don’t live near any of our showrooms.

Our nationwide expansion began in a rather unusual, but telling, way. Some of our previous happy clients were moving out of state, but were not content to leave their Scottish Stained Glass windows or door panels behind. They simply didn’t want to part with them! So, we helped these clients remove the windows and relocate them to their new house in a new part of the country, and then the fun began… all of their new neighbors and friends saw this marvelous stained glass, and wanted to order some from us as well.

We’ve now got working with these “long distance” clients down to a science!

We can send many photos of different designs and styles over the internet, to give prospective clients something to choose from. If they have a different idea in mind, they can work with one of our designers on an original design via phone and computer renderings. Over the years, we’ve developed a system that includes the telephone, the computer, and some pretty sophisticated CAD computer programs that allow our designers to show out of town clients exactly what their windows or doors will look like – before we even build them.

In this way, the client is assured of getting the exact style, pattern and colors they want, not to mention the correct size and shape to fit in their existing windows. In fact, although we hand craft our custom stained glass windows the old fashioned way, piece by piece, computer programs have revolutionized the accuracy of the pattern, and create perfect results each and every time.

Once our clients have approved the design, the building process starts in one of our local studios, with one of our highly talented and experienced artisans working from the computer generated pattern, known since medieval times as a “cartoon.” When the stained glass panel is finished, we oh-so-carefully pack and ship it to their home, along with highly detailed instructions and any of the materials necessary for installation.

We also provide a video training for local installers to follow. Although we’ve developed our own installation methods over the years, designed to keep the old window in place as a safeguard for the new panel, honestly, our system is pretty foolproof for any window installer to master. So, if you would love some Scottish Stained Glass, but don’t live near one of our showrooms, don’t let that stop you! We work with clients nationwide, and can safely ship our finished work anywhere.

Where ever you live, please contact us today about beautiful, unique, custom stained glass windows for your home, commercial space or for your church!

Stained Glass Masters of the Past Leave an Unbreakable Legacy

Posted May 18th, 2013 by Martin Faith

As a thoroughly modern stained glass studio, Scottish Stained Glass uses the methods, materials and new technologies that owner Martin Faith has been developing for the last twenty years, as well as the latest in stained glass window installation techniques.

But our passion for this craft, our love for stained glass in all its forms and our inspiration for our work… comes from the stained glass masters of the past.

One of our favorites is Charles Rennie Mackintosh, the architect, designer and watercolorist from our native Scotland. However, there are many other master artists and architects who worked with the medium of glass, as well as other more traditional fine art mediums.

One of the most amazing is John La Farge, a New York painter and muralist. La Farge’s intricately patterned and vividly colored stained glass work rivals that of the medieval craftsman of centuries gone by, who were undoubtedly a huge influence on his work. Take a look at some of John La Farge’s stunning stained glass church windows here:

Irish artist Harry Clarke studied stained glass at the Dublin Art School, but also made part of his living as a book illustrator. Clarke’s first published book was none other than Fairy Tales by Hans Christian Andersen, containing 16 color plates and more than 24 black and white illustrations.

Although Clarke also created stunning church windows, the bulk of his stained glass was secular. See some examples of Harry Clarke’s work here:

Most of you have probably heard of Marc Chagall, arguably one of the most successful 20th century artists. This prolific artist worked in just about every artistic medium, including stage design, tapestry, ceramics and of course, stained glass.  His style was thoroughly unique and modern, yet paid homage to his influences. Interestingly, his first major stained glass window commission came when Chagall was 70 years old!

Take a look at this beautiful stained glass window Chagall created for the Saint-Stephen Cathedral in Metz, France:

No discussion of stained glass masters would be complete without mentioning Christopher Whitworth Whall, an English artist of the late nineteenth and early twentieth century. Whall is hailed as one of the key influencers in the history of modern stained glass. When beginning his career he only designed the stained glass windows, but someone else actually built them. But in 1887 Whall converted his cow shed into a stained glass workshop, taking over every part of the craft, including the cutting of the glass, the painting of the glass, and any necessary firing or glazing. Take a look at some of Christopher Whall’s stained glass windows here:

If this work inspires you, then you might like to add some modern stained glass to your home in the form of entryway windows, transoms, door panels, kitchen cabinets, or even hanging plaques or panels. Why not create your own masterpiece with the help of our design team, one that’s destined to become as famed in your family’s history as these pieces we’ve showcased above!

Stained Glass Windows Tell an Important Story

Posted May 17th, 2013 by Martin Faith
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In the Middle Ages, stained glass windows were used by European churches, cathedrals and palaces to let in light, all the while telling the story of biblical figures and important religious events. This tradition has carried on to the present day, and Scottish Stained Glass has done many lovely stained glass windows for modern churches.

In the ancient Celtic civilization, although representational figures of people were not used, their stained glass art also contained great symbolism, expressing their beliefs about man, nature and the hereafter with symbols such as the famed Celtic Knot.

Storytelling, message and symbolism in stained glass has a long and illustrious history. While many people think this style of stained glass belongs to the past, in fact telling an important story via bits of colored glass woven into a cohesive design with strips of metal is still relevant and still going strong to this day.

The Kigali City Council in Rwanda, along with the UK based Aegis Trust, an organization dedicated to the prevention of genocide, decided to build a memorial center for the victims of the Rwandan genocide. They commissioned Israeli painter and stained glass artist Ardyn Halter, the son of an Auschwitz concentration camp survivor, to create two “Windows of Hope” to tell the story of this tragedy and express their hopes for a different future.

Measuring 9’8″ x 8’8″, these two beautiful windows each direct a strong shaft of light into the dark, underground exhibition. The light is the symbol of the Rwandan people’s remembrance, learning, change and hope.

Ardyn collaborated on the construction of the stained glass pieces with his father, Roman Halter.

The first piece, Descent To Genocide, describes the period leading up to the genocide, with the many dead represented by broken skulls. It depicts a blocked staircase, and is done with dark colors.

The second panel, The Way Forward, shows the same staircase leading towards an open sky, unblocked. The sky and light colors promise a better future. Both the windows are masterful in design and execution. Upon first glance, they are simply wonderful examples of why stained glass is such an important and well loved form of visual art. But when you read the story behind them and really study them to see what message they portray, you can further understand why stained glass has become such a valued part of our history and our current culture.

The Kigali Memorial Centre opened in April of 2004 — the tenth anniversary of the hundred day genocide against the Tutsis tribe in Rwanda. Over 60,000 people visited it in the first three months. Over 250,000 murdered victims are buried on this site, along with several permanent exhibitions detailing the Rwandan genocide and other genocides around our planet. The opening was attended by 9 heads of state, and the memorial and its evocative stained glass windows have been well received.

Click here for more information about the Kigali Memorial Centre.

 

Stained Glass Windows Are Collectors’ Items Worldwide

Posted May 11th, 2013 by Martin Faith

Our friends to the north in Canada have some pretty wonderful stained glass, we have to admit. European trained glass artists founded the first stained glass studios in the provinces of Ontario and Quebec around 1856. According to the Institute for Stained Glass in Canada, stained glass windows constitute what they consider to be the most widespread public art in the country, with over 100,000 known pieces in public buildings, and countless more in private homes.
Apparently public buildings in just about every city and town across that vast nation contain lovely, well preserved examples of this art form. Stained glass collectors have been acquiring all sorts of windows originally commissioned in Europe, some dating back to the early 16th century.
The Institute has undertaken a survey of stained glass windows across Canada, province by province. These are not pieces in a museum or private collection; they are still installed at their original sites. You can see photos of this multi year endeavor on their website.
If you are a stained glass aficionado, please take a look at the Institute’s work. We think you’ll be enchanted and impressed by the fabulous craftsmanship and the breadth of ideas represented, from religious icons in churches to an amazing, modern piece known as the Great Wave which is installed across 40 meters of glass windows in the international terminal of Vancouver International Airport.
We never cease being impressed by this amazing, ancient yet thoroughly modern art form. Like all art, it changes with the times, and like all art, some people are absolute masters with it, creating work that withstands the test of time.
Here at Scottish Stained Glass, our designers and builders have the highest respect for the stained glass masters of old, and for the people in every corner of the globe who carry on this distinguished tradition. Although we have installed stained glass windows for over 15,00 happy customers in our twenty hear history, we never copy someone else’s design.
However, we are inspired by a lot of different sources and that inspiration shows up in our work. If happen to find a piece of stained glass in a unique style or pattern that you absolutely love, we would be happy to use that as the inspiration to make you a completely new, custom stained glass window that reflects that style. If you adore Deco, or the flowing floral effects of Greene and Greene, we would make something with that same flavor and style.
In fact, every piece of stained glass we do is custom designed to your specifications, and hand built using a combination of traditional craftsmanship married with the most modern materials and installation techniques.
To get some ideas of our work, please visit our galleries. And if you were intrigued by the idea of collectors obtaining old stained glass from Europe, you might be interested in one of our antique Scottish leaded glass windows. They make an incredibly powerful statement in a modern home. Contact us today for more details.

Stained Glass Retirement Gifts Denver

Posted May 7th, 2013 by Martin Faith

Stained glass panels reflecting achievements are a great way to celebrate retirement, and Scottish Stained Glass can help you create a great gift for a retiring relative or friend.  Our stained glass panels are hand built, and some pieces can even be hand painted for a unique, personal result that will be cherished for years to come.

These panels can actually last forever, if properly cared for, and many become family heirlooms.  Also, since each panel is custom, we have many different color and style options to build the right piece for your unique situation.

Retirement Gift Options

For many people, retirement is an accomplishment on its own, and our stained glass panels are a great retirement gift for anyone celebrating this milestone.

If your family member or friend is retiring from the military, our products are the perfect way to commemorate his or her many accomplishments during this time.  We can replicate any honors they received while serving our country, or create a special scene to commemorate this time.  No matter how you choose to honor your veteran, stained glass is beautiful, lasting way to do so.

Another celebratory field your family member may be retiring from is the police force.  Giving a stained glass panel is a beautiful way to honor someone who worked to protect people throughout their career, and it will serve as a lasting reminder of their accomplishments.  We can help you to celebrate an officer, all the way up to a sheriff, and recreate honors from their greatest days on the job.

Another popular commemorative panel choice is for those working for the fire department.  This particular job can be extremely dangerous, and when your friend or family member retires, this has likely become more than just a career.  We want to help you honor them in a way that will last forever, and serve as a reminder of the great job they did serving your community.

No matter what area of work you would like to celebrate, our designers will help you each step of the way.  We take the time to learn about your needs for each unique project to ensure the perfect end result.  We have over 600 color options, and the option of getting some parts of your panel hand painted.  Our endless design options mean that we can help you create the retirement gift you’ve been hoping for.

Retirement Gifts With Scottish Stained Glass 

Scottish Stained Glass has been in business for over 20 years, and we are the leading provider of glasswork in the nation.  You can feel completely comfortable putting your project in our hands, as our design team is completely committed to delivering the best stained glass piece for your unique project.

Stained glass panels are a great retirement gift for anyone you know.  By putting their accomplishments on display, you can truly honor your retiree for many years to come, and give them a lasting treasure.  Feel free to contact us with any questions about retirement gifts, or to set up a consultation with one of our talented designers today!

Stained Glass Designs and Styles Make Your Home Unique

Posted May 3rd, 2013 by Martin Faith

Stained glass designs and styles are at the heart of what we do here at Scottish Stained Glass.  Each piece we build is custom, which means you’ll be able to have a stained glass window that is completely unique to your home.  With over 600 colors to choose from, and endless leaded design possibilities, you can bring the glass art piece you’ve been dreaming of to fruition.

Unique Stained Glass Designs and Styles

Even traditional styles and locations are unique to each home.  You can work with your designer for the details of your piece and adjust it until each cut piece of glass lies exactly where you want it to.  No two windows in any two homes will be the same with our custom leaded glass.

Have an idea for a more out of the box piece? Great!  Anything from painted glass pieces, to cut glass artwork, to family crests are within our realm of expertise.  For your uncommon ideas, you may want to consider getting it in the form of a hanging piece so you can take it with you through the years, even if you move.

One of the most beautiful ways to add a stained glass design to your home is in your entryway.  This area gives the first impression of your home, so why not dress it up with beautiful leaded glass styles in your sidelights, transom, or door.

Stained Glass Designs and Styles with Scottish Stained Glass

Our team is made up expert designers who will be able to walk you through the process of color, texture, and design choices to make something functional and fantastic looking for your home.  Contact us today to set up an appointment with one of our designers and begin working on your stained glass project today!

Stained Glass Window Inspiration is Found Around the World

Posted May 1st, 2013 by Martin Faith

At Scottish Stained Glass, all of our stained glass windows and doors are custom made. This requires our clients to work with one of our creative and highly experienced stained glass designers – a process we’ve heard over and over that they greatly enjoy.

If you live anywhere near one of our showrooms, our designers prefer to do onsite consultations. They arrive with a mind-boggling array of photos and samples, so you can pick the style, pattern, colors or textures that you want. If you’ve got a unique idea or have seen something that inspires you in a photo, the designer can sketch it up on graph paper, showing you how it will look in your window and providing a cost estimate at the same time.

If you don’t live near one of our offices, we will still work with you via phone, internet, and all manner of other high tech methods to ensure you still get a piece of stained glass that is absolutely perfect – perfectly sized, the exact right colors and designs to satisfy your tastes and complement your décor.

Are you a nature lover, looking to bring the outdoors in? Then perhaps a floral design or our signature Aspen collection would delight.

Do you most appreciate the dramatic lines of the Art Deco movement? Scottish Stained Glass has designed hundreds of Deco inspired designs for admiring customers over the years.

Do you consider yourself an individualist? Do you want something completely different? Our designers will work with you to bring your idea into vividly colored life – or clear, colorless life if that’s what you have in mind. Many people are surprised when they hear that 90% of our stained glass window installations are actually clear, textured glass and not the traditional colored glass!

Whether you have long admired stained glass or are just beginning to learn about (and lust after) this lovely art form, we think fresh inspiration is always a good thing. Feel free to browse our Scottish Stained Glass galleries, to get your creative juices flowing.

While you are considering exactly what style of stained glass you might like, for even more inspiration we wanted to show off a few of the world’s most amazing, history making, timeless classics:

  1. Ten Spectacular Stained Glass Ceilings (We were particularly blown away by the stained glass mural in the Cosmovitral, a botanic garden in Toluca, Mexico)
  2. Most Beautiful Stained Glass in the World (Be prepared to gasp over the photos of France’s Saint Chapelle.)
  3. Amazing Stained Glass from Around the Globe (check out number 8, the World Map Stained Glass Dome in Boston’s Mapparium Building)

Feeling inspired? Then why not contact us today, and start creating your own stained glass window masterpiece!

Antique Stained Glass Windows

Posted April 25th, 2013 by Martin Faith

Authentic Scottish Stained Glass

Martin Faith of Scottish Stained Glass has one of the nation’s premier collections of Antique Scottish Stained Glass, saved from buildings in Scotland that were being torn down or remodeled. These pieces come in varying styles but are often inspired by Charles Rennie Mackintosh and his beautifully unique design work. The glass textures are one of a kind, no longer produced today. Whether you would like to add a piece from this collection to your home, or you’d simply like to see them, come visit our Centennial, Colorado showroom.

Each piece sold goes to benefit Project C.U.R.E. in their mission to bring desperately needed medical supplies to needy hospitals across the world. Click Here to see more of the collection and hear our owner Martin’s interview about the cause.

Stained Glass Windows – the Focal Point of a Home Renovation Project

Posted April 24th, 2013 by Martin Faith

If you are considering adding some stained glass windows to your house, we invite you to scroll through out stained glass galleries, which show photos of some of the custom, hand built stained glass panels we’ve designed and installed for our customers over the past twenty years. But nothing really says it like a video – so if you really want to know how stained glass could beautify your home, please take a look at these videos.

The first one is part of a renovation that was featured on the tv show, Rescue Renovation. It shows the installation of some gorgeous (if we do say so ourselves) kitchen cabinet door panels as well as stained glass windows. Imagine that in your home!

This next video is really fun, and quite spectacular. It’s another home renovation done on My Big Amazing Renovation, on HGTV. This Boulder, CO mountain home had a lot of exposed stone and wood walls, with not much space anywhere for the homeowners to hang any art. Stained glass to the rescue! For this home, we actually designed pieces to look like paintings, with pretty spectacular results… take a look and see if you don’t agree! The video shows a bit of the design process, a bit of the “building process”, some of the installation, and best of all, the joy and excitement of the owner when she saw the final finished products.

For a more in-depth video showing you exactly what the installation process for your stained glass windows or doors would like, take a look at this next video. It’ll show you exactly what will happen when one of our professional installers shows up with your finished panels. Our installation methods are specifically designed for modern American homes, and our work is always congruent with any local building codes.

As you can see by these videos, the stained glass we did for each of these homes was completely different in style, coloration, and type of glass. This is because each of our pieces is always custom made to order – to your tastes, to your specifications, to complement your architecture or décor. We can design work in a wide variety of styles, including an original, new design that we’ve never done before. Your imagination is the only limit when working with Scottish Stained Glass. (Oh, and your budget, but we think you’ll be surprised at just how affordable stained glass windows can be!)

You will work with one of our talented designers to create a piece of art that will not just last for generations; it will probably be destined to become a family heirloom. The comments we hear over and over from our clients are that they’ve never seen anything so beautiful, and they never get tired of looking at their stunning stained glass windows.

If you’re still not quite sure, why not contact us today for a free, in-home consultation with our designers. You will have all your questions answered, including an estimate of the cost, and you can begin the design process. Call us today!

 

History Comes to Life with Sale of Stained Glass Window Collection for Charity

Posted April 23rd, 2013 by Martin Faith

As connoisseurs of stained glass windows, we have to admit finding the history of this art form fascinating. Read along, and see if you don’t agree that high school history was never like this.

In the world of art, architecture and home décor, styles come and go. Add to that new developments and technologies that can greatly improve the comfort and living conditions of one’s home, and the stage is set for our stained glass window history lesson.

Stained Glass History

Our story opens in Glasgow, Scotland, in the late 19th century. At this time, Glasgow was the second most prosperous city in the United Kingdom, second only to London.

Wealthy merchants built elaborate and beautiful homes and public buildings, and art, sculpture and stained glass windows were some of the most common embellishments. Master stained glass craftsmen turned out gorgeous work to adorn the Victorian style homes and castles of the day, and Glasgow became known for creating some of the finest stained glass in the world. And you can just imagine the exquisite work gracing the city’s many churches.

But times change, and after the First World War, the economy flagged. By the ‘30s, not a single stained glass studio remained open in Glasgow, and to this day very little stained glass is made anywhere in Scotland. It would have been unfortunate enough if no new stained glass was created, but in the ‘60s, the majority of those fine old Victorian homes were no longer so fine, and were razed in the name of progress – to build the latest in modern living, the high rise. Thousands of stained glass windows were simply destroyed!

Then, during the ‘70s and ‘80s, homeowners began replacing their old, single pane leaded glass windows with the next modern innovation to come along – the double paned window, which saved on heating costs and kept their drafty homes more comfortable. Honestly, knowing the Scottish winters, we can’t blame them.

But we have to wonder, did no one really appreciate these stained glass panels as pieces of art anymore? Was it like your grandma’s furniture, which you wouldn’t be caught dead with in your own home?

It was these discarded windows that our founder, Martin Faith “rescued” and brought over to the States, forming a gorgeous collection of over 150 windows representing another time, long gone by.

Scottish Stained Glass Denver

And now, those same windows, apparently unappreciated by their owners, given up in favor of something more modern, imported to Denver where they were lovingly restored (if necessary) by Scottish Stained Glass’s master craftsmen – yes, those same windows will now save the lives of countless children! The entire collection is about to be sold on June 21, in a benefit for charity. The proceeds will go to help Project C.U.R.E. ship $1,000,000 worth of desperately needed medical equipment to a pediatric ICU in Belize!

So these antique stained glass windows are not only a piece of ancient history, for many people they will now make life saving history of the very best kind.

Why Buy Antique Stained Glass Windows from Scottish Stained Glass?

Posted April 20th, 2013 by Martin Faith

Usually when people want to install stained glass windows in their home, they contact us about having new ones custom made to their exact specifications. However, there is another option –purchasing antique stained glass.

Scottish Stained Glass is proud to present for sale our collection of antique stained glass windows. Imported from old homes in Scotland, these glorious windows range from around 50 to possibly even 200 years old. To date we have imported more than 1,000 stained glass antique windows of all shapes, sizes and patterns. Some contain beautifully colored glass and many are clear, without color. We are slowly placing these stunning pieces in the homes of customers who hold a great appreciation for antiques of all kinds.

What Makes an Antique Valuable?

According to the U.S. Customs office, “antique” refers to an item that is at least 100 years old. If it’s less than that it might be considered either a collectible item or a vintage item.

Many people are avid antiques collectors who delight in filling their homes with beautiful pieces of great value. Coming from the Latin word “antiquus” (which means simply old), an antique may be desirable for its level of craftsmanship, rarity, personal or family history, or simply its beauty.

Antiques, including those stained glass windows, represent a specific era of history. Frequently an era that had different production methods, different values, and different craftsmanship than we see in similar items today. Many antiques are items that are no longer made today, or have so much detailed hand labor in them that they would be cost prohibitive to produce in today’s world.

Each of these wonderful old window panels has historical value, features unique glass of a kind that is not made today, and was hand-made to exacting specifications by the very craftsman we so admire. Occasionally the pieces we import are in slight disrepair, in which case we lovingly repair and restore them, taking care to match the color and texture of the glass, and keep the antique look.

When you walk into our workroom and see all these glorious pieces of antique art stacked against a wall, you may feel as if you have suddenly stepped into a bygone era. These pieces have a
depth, a solidness and a majesty to them that is hard to explain, and harder still to rip your eyes away from them.

If you are interested in purchasing one of these leaded glass window panels, why not contact us today? We can schedule a visit to our showroom if you live in the vicinity of our Denver offices, or show you photos online if you are not in our area. Again, if you are in the Denver area, we occasionally will auction off one of these beautiful pieces for charity, so please contact us for more details.

The value of an antique will depend on the demand for that item, its condition, and the degree of workmanship in it. Our antique stained glass windows show the same beautiful degree of detail, style and craftsmanship that continues to inform and inspire our original work today.

 

The Scottish Stained Glass Difference

Posted April 18th, 2013 by Martin Faith

Although stained glass windows have been produced for many centuries and the techniques of this craft have been passed down through the generations, there is something unique about our stained glass.

Owner and founder Martin Faith did learn traditional stained glass window making techniques in his native Glasgow, Scotland – known far and wide as one of the stained glass capitals of the world – since arriving in the U.S. in the early 1990s, Faith has been improving and perfecting that age old art form, adapting it to installation in modern American homes.

Stained Glass Difference Denver

So what’s so different about Scottish Stained Glass? For starters, the market has been flooded with inexpensive Chinese imports. If you take a look at our product up close and personal, you will see the difference for yourself in terms of quality, luster, and sophistication. But you might not know why our windows and door panels are so captivating and eye catching.

There are also enhancements we have developed that you probably cannot see with an untrained eye, although you certainly will appreciate the finished product. Each of our stained glass panels are custom made and hand built by an experienced artisan who has been specially trained in our methods. The process begins with a consultation with a stained glass designer. She (or he) works with the customer, sometimes even sketching out the customers ideas freehand, to scale, on graph paper until the customer sees exactly what they want. After that, all of our designs go into computer program which ensures that the color choices are exactly correct, the proportions will perfectly fit the window, and all horizontal and vertical lines match up, providing a perfect pattern. Each custom piece is reviewed multiple times, including a final customer approval before the hand building process begins.

We also use special dark leads, precise soldering temperatures for greater stability, and our own unique polishing process that gives our finished products a gorgeous luster. Feedback from over 15,000 delighted fans, oops, we mean customers, tells us that although most of them don’t know anything about our special methods, they can clearly see the superior results.

Stained Glass Denver

After hearing all of this, you won’t be surprised to learn that our stained glass windows take approximately double the time to make than “ordinary” stained glass does. And cost a bit more as well. However, we aren’t interested in being ordinary… we are interested in manufacturing the best possible product we can supply for your money.

We pride ourselves on quality that lasts. We want you to be as delighted with your stained glass masterpiece the millionth time you look at it as you were the day we arrived to install it. Our installation process is unique as well, with the new glass panels sealed to the inside of your existing panes of glass to enhance energy efficiency and protect your investment.

By the way, all our installations are up to building code specs for your area, and our installers are specially trained as well.

From first inspiration to final installation, Scottish Stained Glass delivers!

 

Stained Glass Addition to 1912 Victorian Home

Posted April 12th, 2013 by Martin Faith

I am excited to share with you a photograph of a completed Stained Glass front door project that was recently added to a 1912 Victorian home in Denver, Colorado. I am a stained glass designer working with Scottish Stained Glass and I recently had the opportunity to work with the home owner in an attempt to replicate an original stained glass window from his living room to add the design, colors, and textures for his front door and sidelights.

Our process began with an initial face-to-face meeting and discussion of what the client was trying to achieve. He showed me the interior of his home and the two original stained glass windows in his living room. I took multiple pictures so I would remember and design accordingly. We measured both his front door and he also had two sidelights on each side of the door. The idea was to let light in from the outside, provide privacy from the outside all while maintaining the feel of his Victorian home style. Let the design begin!

We wanted to make sure that the glass work was cohesive with the rest of this Victorian style home. The exterior of the home was the original brick, the door itself was wooden with clear glass and the home itself was full of natural colors with the pop of colors in the original stained glass windows.

Working together with our experienced CAD designer we were able to create cut pieces of glass to fit into the dimensions of the homeowners door and send him a couple of variations for his approval. Once the design was selected and approved, the client and I made an appointment to sit down and pick out both the textures and colors of the glass to begin the process of building his new Stained Glass.

My favorite part of this project was going through all the different textures and colors of glass to match the colors and textures of his original stained glass. We took the glass pieces into different areas of the house with sunlight and without the sunlight to mimic the different light that would be at his front door. This process did take us awhile, changing and moving around all of the different options. Once we made all the glass choices we dropped the colored glass into our drawings and sent to our client for final approval before being sent out to builder. From our initial meeting to the final product the time line was 6 weeks.

The final stained glass product was amazing! Once we completed this project, it was difficult to tell which piece was new and which was the one we based our work off of. Our client was extremely overwhelmed and pleased with his new front door; a true work of art!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Custom Stained Glass Studio Makes Clients’ Dreams into Reality

Posted April 11th, 2013 by Martin Faith
Every so often, one of our customers approaches us with a very special idea for a custom stained glass design. While much of our business consists of stained glass windows, in this particular case we were asked to make a chandelier for a client’s home.

Take a look at some photos of the finished product here:

This project was quite different to our usual ones in a variety of ways:

  • Our client provided us with a photo of what he wanted, and we were able to reproduce it to his specifications.
  • Instead of small pieces of glass forming intricate patterns, like most stained glass panels, these lamps were made of the most gorgeous hand blown glass slabs. Unfortunately, the photos don’t do this glass justice, but if you look closely you will see the warm honey-gold color and unique, organic swirls of cream running through it.

We had the pleasure of watching the builder at work, when he was constructing the stained glass lamps, and were blown away by the beauty of the glass itself. It looked “lit from within” and that’s before the pieces were assembled and a light bulb was added!

  • Whereas most of the stained glass work we do uses lead caming (those are the thin metal strips that holds the individual pieces of glass together) for this project, we used copper caming, which added a whole other level of class and beauty to the finished light fixtures.

Did you know the famed stained glass company, Tiffany, always used copper foil in their stunning and intricate lamp designs?

This was an exciting project to work on, from start to finish. These chandeliers will doubtless be the focal point of the entire room, and they make a powerful design statement.

However, there was one thing about this project that was no different to any of our other work: When it comes to stained glass windows and doors, every piece we do here at Scottish Stained Glass is custom made to our clients’ specifications.

If you have an idea for a stained glass window, and you don’t see anything like it in our online photo galleries, we will design and build it just for you. Our designers provide a free consultation and can draw out your design on graph paper, to scale, so that you can see exactly what it will look like installed in your windows.

Scottish Stained Glass is the largest studio of its kind in the U.S., and our builders are all well versed in the traditional stained glass making techniques that have been passed down through the centuries, as well as the use of the most modern materials and technologies.

Whatever style, whatever colors or textures, whatever shape or size, we’d love to collaborate with you and bring your exciting idea into reality. Why not contact us today?

Stained Glass Windows for the Modern Church

Posted April 5th, 2013 by Martin Faith
Church stained glass

Although 90% of our stained glass window installations are clear glass, not colored, and most of them are residential, we have to admit that there is no place that shows off the spectacular beauty of stained glass better than religious institutions. Of course, churches are usually the first thing that comes to mind when someone hears the words “stained glass windows.”

Since some of the earliest stained glass pieces were found in Europe’s ancient churches, cathedrals and abbeys, and stunning stained glass church windows remain one of Europe’s major cultural attractions. Many of these windows rank right up there with master artists’ paintings; in fact many of them were inspired by the religious art of the day.

Some of the most striking and well known examples of church stained glass windows include the beautiful abstract designs in the Liverpool Cathedral, the extraordinary depictions of saints in the stained glass altar of the Trinity Church in New York City, and the scene showing the Virgin Mary as the Queen of the Universe in the Votive Church in Vienna, Austria. The Chartres Cathedral in France is famed for its stunning array of stained glass windows. And there are so many more…

Church Stained Glass Denver

Stained glass is a natural fit for churches of all different sizes and styles of architecture. By adding stained glass to your church, you are following in an ancient tradition. Many of the stained glass church windows of old depicted biblical scenes or other religious symbols, and the light shining through was symbolic indeed!

Scottish Stained Glass has done church windows of all designs and sizes. All of our stained glass is custom designed to your exact needs, tastes and specifications. We never make exact copies of our work, or anyone else’s for that matter, so your windows will be unique to your church.

Our extensive experience in the field of religious stained glass and our twenty years in business assures your congregation of the highest quality work. Today, church stained glass can be religious in nature, or simply beautiful, with vivid colors and striking patterns. It can be traditional, modern or abstract, geometric or floral, as suits the needs of your congregation.

If your church has stained glass that needs repair or full restoration, that is something our firm offers and has extensive experience with as well.

If you are building a new house of worship, or seeking to add beauty and impact to the building you already have, stained glass is the perfect choice. You’ll work with one of our experienced stained glass designers, to assure that you are getting the perfect style that complements the architecture, the taste of the congregation, and fulfills the purpose of the work.

If you have not investigated stained glass for your religious building before, because of cost concerns, we have experience in helping institutions with their fundraising efforts. Please contact us today for a consultation with one of our designers or an estimate.

 

Design Your Own Masterpiece with Custom Stained Glass Windows

Posted April 4th, 2013 by Martin Faith

Although we’ve been in business over 20 years and have created thousands upon thousands of stained glass window designs, every single piece we do is custom made. This allows you – the client – to design your own masterpiece; one that perfectly complements your décor, your personal aesthetics and your needs.

When you work with us, in effect you are collaborating with one of our talented designers. Even if you are one of those people who insist they have no artistic talent, your input can be all over the final design and choice of colors, textures and style of glass. (With the advice and experience of our team, of course, to make sure you wind up with something you’ll be absolutely proud of and delighted with.)

Yes, you can take the credit for the gorgeous piece of stained glass art that will soon be installed in your home!

Do you have a passion for classic, Victorian looking floral designs? Or do you prefer a modern, free form abstract design, or perhaps a traditional Celtic pattern?

You can start the design process looking through our existing designs and use them as the jumping off point for letting your creativity flow.

And if you are an artist or have your own unique vision, our designers can sketch your ideas out freehand, and keep working with you until the sketch perfectly matches your idea. There are few things more rewarding than watching your artistic vision come to life.

Although we’re all familiar with stained glass, many times people fail to realize just how detailed and how exquisite it really is until it arrives in their home, with their personal stamp on it. A stained glass window or door is a practical piece of art, but its practicality takes nothing away from its beauty.  We hear over and over from our clients that they never get tired of gazing at their stained glass “masterpieces” and watching the fascinating play of color, light and shadow they provide to a room.

Please consider that your stained glass might just become a family heirloom, and your contribution to the design may well be a story handed down from generation to generation.

If you are an admirer of fine art, cutting edge design, or master craftsmanship, you know what a difference these things make to your home. But perhaps you’ve lusted for a stained glass window for years, never thinking you could afford it? Although we use a combination of old world craftsmanship and modern technology to create and install our stained glass, one of our main missions is to bring stained glass to everyone. We think you’ll be surprised and pleased to find out how affordable it can be. Give us a call to start the design process, and get a free estimate of your stained glass project.

We’d love to show you what YOU can do and earn your business.

Stained Glass vs. Leaded Glass – Is there a Difference?

Posted March 27th, 2013 by Martin Faith

Here at Scottish Stained Glass, we frequently hear the terms stained glass and leaded glass used interchangeably. Most people assume that the lead in “leaded” glass refers to the metal caming which holds the pieces of stained glass together. However, this isn’t an accurate assumption.

When we use the term leaded glass, we are specifically describing patterns of clear glass, with various textures, finishes, and beveling. These panels can be completely clear, or combine different glass with various degrees of transparency. But it is called leaded glass because there is indeed lead in the chemical composition of the glass itself. Ordinary glass contains a percentage of calcium, but in the making of leaded glass that calcium is replaced with lead oxide while still molten. This gives it certain properties that make it perfect for stained glass window panels. It has a lower working temperature, and a greater refractivity.

What does all this mean? Basically, it means that our leaded glass windows create some of the most timeless and beautiful windows and doors you have ever seen. The way they catch the light and refract it into complex and delightful patterns of light and shadow in your home will enchant you.

What do people prefer?

Many clients prefer clear windows to colored, because they know the lack of color makes it easy to decorate around. You can decide to redecorate at any time and your clear leaded glass windows will not clash with your new color scheme. And if you decide to sell your home (and don’t want to take your stained glass windows with you) then you can feel confident that the clear glass will not conflict with a prospective buyer’s idea for a color scheme either.

The Dangers of Leaded Glass

Although lead is indeed toxic and leaded drinking glasses are no longer manufactured, there is no danger to enhancing the beauty of your home with leaded glass windows. You don’t have to worry about lead poisoning. Unless of course, you plan on eating off them…!

Our clear leaded glass panels are used for kitchen cabinets, skylights, entryways, transom windows and just about anywhere you need some privacy but still want to let in the sun.

So how do you decide – colored stained glass, or clear leaded glass?

We recommend looking at our extensive online galleries, to see not just different glass patterns but examples of rooms we have installed them in as well. As with everything Scottish Stained Glass does, your pieces will be custom made to your exact specifications. You can choose from an existing design, or work with one of our design techs to create your own.

Scottish Stained Glass Last a Life Time

Whether you decided on colored or clear, you can be sure that your stained glass windows or door panels will give your home a classy, unique look that will delight you for many years to come. Many of our clients have asked us to assist them in moving their stained glass windows when they move, and many have reported that these timeless beauties have become highly coveted family heirlooms!

Want to learn more? Give us a call today and make an appointment for an in home consult with one of our stained glass design pros!

 

Stained Glass Installation Q & A – What You Need to Know

Posted March 26th, 2013 by Martin Faith

When our clients are considering adding stained glass windows or doors to their home, they are always curious about the installation aspect. Here are some of the questions we hear on a regular basis:

1.      Do my current windows need to be removed?

Usually not. In about 75% of our installations, the new stained glass panel has been custom made to the exact measurements of the existing window. We have developed a special bonding process that attaches the panel to the inside of the window. In this way, the stained glass is protected from the elements, the window actually receives a second layer of insulation, and the sealing process insures that no dust or moisture will come between the stained glass and the original glass.

2.      Will the installation process make a big mess?

Not at all. We build the stained glass panels in our own studio, and deliver a fully finished product to your home. Because your windows are usually not being removed, installation is a fairly clean and quick process. Offices and retail stores can easily have stained glass installed without any significant disruption of their daily business.

3.      How stable and durable will these stained glass windows be?

At least as stable and durable as your current windows – and probably more. However, if your windows are not in good condition, you may need them repaired or replaced before having the stained glass added. Scottish Stained Glass custom windows are designed to last for generations. The fact that stained glass is put together with lead, copper or brass caming strips and solder actually makes it very sturdy. Bonding the panel to a window makes the entire window stronger and more energy efficient at the same time.

 4.      If I want stained glass in the bathroom, such as a shower window or door, will the constant wetness destroy the stained glass?

 We take no chances with that happening. For this type of situation we actually install the stained glass between two other panes of glass, ensuring no moisture can enter.

 5.      If I move, is it possible to take my stained glass windows with me?

 Yes! We have helped many clients removed their custom stained glass artwork and take it to be reinstalled at their new home. If your windows are an odd size or shape, or if you think at some point in the future you might be moving, you could consider a different installation option. You can have the stained glass panel “hung” in the existing window with hooks. In this way, you could easily take it with you and hang it somewhere in your next home, even if the size match is not exact.

Obviously, our methods are different depending on where the panel is to be located, and whether it is a new home installation or existing, possibly much older homes. However, with over 40,000 installations under our belt in more than 20 years, we feel confident that you will be delighted with both the quality and workmanship of the stained glass, and the ease, practicality and longevity of the finished installation.

 

Let the Sunshine In — With Stained, Leaded or Beveled Glass Windows

Posted March 25th, 2013 by Martin Faith

Stained glass windows are beautiful in and of themselves, whether colored or clear, because of the artistry and aesthetic of the work itself. The beautiful patterns of the glass, the colors, the textures and the exquisitely detailed workmanship leave you no doubt that you are looking at a piece of art. But there is one thing about stained glass that makes it very different to any other form of art and that is the way it interacts with any light, but sunlight in particular.

Although you certainly could install stained glass in an interior door or kitchen cabinet door, and many people do, the most common application is in windows – so the sun can shine through. This creates a variety of effects: rainbows, dancing patterns of color and light, which make the room look magical during all different times of the day. Although the effects caused by refraction of the sunlight through the glass are pretty fantastic, even lovelier is the gorgeous glow of the windows themselves.

Glass is a common substance, isn’t it, one that is in every home and generally taken for granted. But our clients tell us repeatedly that they never get tired of looking at their custom designed, hand crafted Scottish Stained Glass windows because they are just so spectacular with the sun shining through them.

By the way, although we call all of our work “stained glass” in general the term leaded glass refers to windows that have no color. They use a special type of glass with that uses lead added instead of the usual calcium – and no, this lead is not dangerous in any way. As for the term “beveled,” this indicates decorative glass in which the edges have been angled, allowing the sunlight to refract in spectacular patterns.

Stained glass windows have practical applications!

Aside from the gorgeousness aspect, were you aware that stained glass has a practical aspect as well? Many of our clients use clear, textured leaded glass to solve some privacy problems. If you don’t want callers to be able to see into your home when they come up your front walk, leaded glass provides the perfect solution while creating a distinctive entryway. If your neighbors are a bit too close, clear leaded glass in the bathroom or bedroom windows gives you that much needed privacy. But unlike other privacy solutions like shades and curtains – stained glass lets in the sun! It doesn’t darken your home for the sake of privacy.

And if you are looking for a bit of thermal efficiency, the addition of stained glass windows to your existing windows is like turning a single pane into a double pane! We have developed our own installation process to bond the stained glass panel to the inside of a window. This protects the stained glass from the elements, and keeps any dust or dirt from getting in between the two panes of glass.

If you love the look and feel of natural sun light in your home, you’ll be delighted even more by stained glass windows. Rather than blocking the light, they actually enhance it. Take a look at our galleries and you’ll see what we mean! Then contact us about creating your own custom Scottish Stained Glass.

Privacy Stained Glass; More than Just Beautiful

Posted March 22nd, 2013 by Martin Faith

Stained glass is often thought of as a decorative addition to a home, and while that’s true, it can also be functional.  In fact, a great deal of our clients chooses to invest in stained glass because it can offer beautiful looking privacy for any area of a home.  Clear windows are great for views, but you might have a window or two that show an unwanted view of the inside of your house to neighbors or visitors.

Colored glass options offer excellent privacy, or if you prefer clear glass, consider designs that incorporate textured glass and bevels to keep your window discrete.  When you’re choosing the look for your window, an expert designer is a key aspect of coming to a custom piece that offers the right level of privacy, and a design that you love.

Privacy Stained Glass Options

Consider these options for improving the privacy of your home:

  • Sidelight stained glass: Sidelights are one of the most popular areas homeowners choose to add stained glass.  If you have clear sidelights, it’s common that you’ll notice visitors peeking into your house to see if you’re home.  By added a textured piece of leaded glass to your sidelights, you won’t have to worry about peeking visitors anymore.
  • Bathrooms:  Many bathrooms have windows to offer natural light into the room.  However, bathrooms require a high level of privacy, and many people end up covering these windows and blocking out the natural light in favor of blocked vision.  Instead, consider an obscuring piece of stained glass to increase privacy without decreasing the natural light.
  • Bedrooms: Bedrooms are another area in a home where privacy is important.  Especially in areas where your home may be close to a neighbor’s, the last thing you want is for someone to be able to look straight through your bedroom window.  Adding stained glass allows you to add something beautiful to your bedroom, and solves any privacy problems you may have.
  • Windows facing other homes: Many neighborhoods have homes fairly close together, and no matter where your problem window is, we can help you cover it with something you’ll love.  Because our glass is custom, you’ll be able to design something that flows with the décor you have in whichever you room you need more privacy.

Privacy Stained Glass with Scottish Stained Glass

Scottish Stained Glass has been building beautiful pieces to add privacy to homes for over 20 years, so you can feel comfortable using our time tested custom glass process.  To learn more about adding the privacy you need with stained glass, give us a call or send an email today.  You can begin working on your piece with one of our talented designers immediately!

Creating Custom Scottish Stained Glass Windows – It Takes a Team!

Posted March 14th, 2013 by Martin Faith

When you order windows, doors, or other stained glass panels from Scottish Stained Glass, each piece is custom made to your tastes and your specifications. To accomplish this, you will be working directly with a team of specially trained professionals, consisting of your own personal stained glass designer, and an artist that we call a “builder.”

Scottish Stained Glass Designer

 These are the talented individuals who will work with you to determine the patterns, styles, colors and overall look of your custom stained glass windows. If you live near any of our showrooms, one of our designers will visit you at home, to show you a wide array of photos and samples of glass. If you have your own idea in mind, our designers will actually work with you to bring this idea into reality, sometimes sketching it out on graph paper, to scale, so you can see exactly what it looks like.

 

Your designers will oversee your project from initial design consultation all the way through the building process, and can even work with you to bring a project in at a lower cost to fit your budget, by altering or simplifying the design.

Scottish Stained Glass Builder

 The builder is the person who actually cuts each piece of glass to the exact size and shape your pattern requires, joins them with lead strips and a bit of solder and assembles the entire thing into a gorgeous, unique stained glass window. Although the term “builder” is not particularly glamorous and brings to mind a big sweaty guy with a tool belt, our builders are dedicated artists and master craftsmen who have trained for as long as ten years to be certified to make Scottish Stained Glass, using our special techniques and materials. (However, they might indeed sport a tool belt!)

Because of our exacting methods, builders can take many weeks to create a single stained glass window, of course depending on the size and complexity of the design. They must have the highest attention to detail and quality in their work.

Scottish Stained Glass Process

Watching one of our builders at work cutting each piece of glass to the precise size and shape is a fascinating experience. They work from what we call a “cartoon,” the pattern that one of our designers started by hand, which was then run through a sophisticated computer program to ensure that it is perfectly balanced, perfectly trued up, and exactly sized for efficient installation into your window or door. Can you imagine a stained glass panel turning out one quarter of an inch larger than your window? It would be absolutely impossible to install it. In fact, every one of our custom designs is reviewed 8 to ten times, including a final client review and approval. Our special computer process ensures that the pattern is perfect, and our builders take over from there.

Our dedication to quality materials and workmanship is evident in our final product, and in the rave reviews we receive from our customers. Why not give us a call today, and start working with your own stained glass team?  We look forward to working with you!

Celtic, Deco, Floral or Prairie Style Stained Glass… How Do You Choose?

Posted March 12th, 2013 by Martin Faith

Not to mention Aspen, contemporary, Art Nouveau, traditional, and many many other types. What are we referring to? All the different styles you have to choose from when you decide to add some Scottish Stained Glass windows or doors to your home.

So how do you choose?

Well, if you’ve already got a style in mind, it’s easy. If not, your home’s era and architecture might inform your decision.

Stained Glass Choices for Victorian or Older Homes

Perhaps your home is Victorian. If so, a traditional style like a floral or Celtic pattern would suit it perfectly. Or one of the stunning designs influenced by the famed Scottish watercolorist and architect, Charles Rennie Mackintosh. (If you are not familiar with Mackintosh’s work, click here and prepare to be delighted by vibrant color and striking patterns.) You might even want to purchase antique stained glass panels, instead of having new ones created.

Perhaps you have decorated your home with Deco touches. One of our Deco stained glass window designs would be a delightful complement. You could choose colors to match your décor, contrast with it, or even no color at all – the choice guaranteed to match any interior forever.

Stained Glass Choices for Modern Homes

Perhaps your home is modern and minimalist? Our signature Aspen collection (after all, Scottish Stained Glass was founded in Denver, land of the spectacular Rockies and its endless forests of Aspen trees) might be the perfect match. Or a Prairie Style inspired geometric design might be the perfect fit.

However, for most homes these days, there are a wide variety of stained glass styles that would suit. So that brings us again back to our original question, how do you choose?

This is where our custom design process enters the picture. Regardless of how many styles we have to choose from, each piece of stained glass we make is custom made to order, and hand built by one of our specially trained artisans.

A member of our expert stained glass design team will visit you at your home, free of charge, bearing inspiration in the form of many photos of different designs, patterns, styles and types of glass. If you have an idea in mind, she might sketch it out freehand on graph paper, till it looks like what you want. If not, our designers will work with you, making suggestions as to what would work best in your home.

Colored glass or clear? Pastels or jewel tones? Textured glass or smooth? An delicate, intricate pattern or a big, bold one?

All of these things will change the look and feel of your finished piece, and along with that the look and feel of the room you install it in, of course. (Some of them will change the price too, namely whether you choose an intricate pattern with dozens of pieces or a simpler design with bigger shapes.)

Please don’t let the amount of choices daunt you in the slightest. After all, our more than 15,000 previous customers didn’t, why should you? Contact our design team today for an estimate, to answer any questions or to get the ball rolling.

Stained Glass Designer Denver

Posted March 10th, 2013 by Martin Faith

I recently took a trip to France, and, as one of the designers for Scottish Stained Glass, I had a desire to find some beautiful stained glass pieces throughout the country. With so many churches to explore, I knew I would not be disappointed. The pieces I discovered were unlike anything I have seen in the United States. France has so much history and is so old in comparison to our country that the stained glass still being intact seemed to be an art form of its own.

Chagall Stained Glass

The cathedral in Reims, France held some of my favorite stained glass pieces. The Notre-Dame Cathedral of Reims is where most of the French kings were coroneted. The church stained glass varied from antique, restored, and traditional, to modern and abstract pieces. My favorite discoveries from exploring this church, however, were the Chagall stained glass pieces that were in the axial chapel.  Though these pieces are not nearly as old as some of the other church stained glass, the project took six years to complete, and the three stained glass windows were installed in 1974.

To begin the project, Chagall immersed himself in the medieval stained glass that already existed in the space. Both he and his partner, Charles Marq, worked to recreate the color schemes that were abundant in the other stained glass pieces throughout Notre Dame Cathedral of Reims, the prominent color being an ancient blue. The windows depict a variety of biblical scenes. The themes include the history of Abraham, the Tree of Jesse, and other stories from both the Old and New Testaments. Marc Chagall successfully created church stained glass that had a flowing composition and a modern feel while simultaneously complimenting (through color harmony) the medieval stained glass pieces that decorate the rest of the church.

Marc Chagall Stained Glass Artist

Marc Chagall is easily on of my favorite stained glass artists and, actually, may be one of my favorite artists in general. Known as one of the most influential artists of the twentieth century, he worked in many mediums including painting, fine prints, illustrations, ceramics, and (of course) stained glass. Chagall was able to embrace stained glass as a medium. He understood and embraced that the weather, the viewer’s perspective, and the lighting would constantly be changing the stained glass, and by embracing those elements he was able to create beautiful, complex compositions and colors unlike any other stained glass artist before him. Besides having his stained glass prominently displayed in the Reims Cathedral, he also has stained glass pieces in many other churches and buildings including St. Stephen’s Church in Germany, All Saints’ Church in the UK, the United ­­Nations Building, and the Jerusalem Windows in the synagogue of the Haddasah Medical Center.

Custom Stained Glass Windows Denver

Posted March 2nd, 2013 by Martin Faith

Scottish Stained Glass is based in Denver, and we’ve perfected our custom design process here.  Stained glass can truly function as an expression of your personal style, and our custom pieces allow you to create something completely unique to your home.

With over 600 color options, and a vast array of colorless textures and bevels, you’ll be able to create a piece of glass artwork that you’ll love for years to come.

Design Process for Custom Stained Glass Windows Denver

The possibilities for custom leaded glass designs are endless.  We’ve built windows that vary from traditional, all the way to design intensive stained glass scenes.  The traditional method of building stained glass that we use here allows for extensive design options to truly bring your stained glass ideas to fruition.

Our process begins with an in home consultation with one of our talented designers.  They will bring samples and photos to help you decide which styles you prefer, and what kinds of glass you would like to use.  Your designer will spend the time to get to know what exactly you want for your leaded glass piece, and work with you to sketch out some design options as well.

Once you have worked with a designer and settled on what you want for your stained glass, our team of experienced builders will begin production.  This process is meticulous, which is what creates perfect custom stained glass windows that will outlast the test of time.  Our installations are also simple, so you don’t have to worry about a messy process.

Custom Stained Glass Windows Denver with Scottish

We have been building custom leaded and stained glass windows for over 20 years in the Denver area.  Invest in a piece of our glasswork, and you’ll have the peace of mind of a reliable, established company to build to your something beautiful.

Give us a call or send an email today to set up an appointment with one of our talented designers.  We can’t wait to get started on creating your one of a kind piece

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