A Stained Glass Wish Comes True

Posted October 29th, 2012 by Martin Faith

I first met Shirley at the Fall Colorado Home Show in September. She stopped in our Scottish Stained Glass house to admire our beautiful windows and to visit. At that time she shared with me that she has always wanted to have some stained glass in her home but thought that it would be out of her price range. Shirley is a wonderful lady and has always gone “without” giving all of her time, energy and money to a daughter with many disabilities. During our visit at the home show and she mentioned a window she has going down to her basement and from her dining room you could view the house next door. Shirley always has wanted to have stained glass put in this window and in her home. I suggested a free in home consultation and that I would come up with a design that she would both love and be able to afford.

Stained Glass Colors

We met a week after the show and she showed me the window in question. Shirley also shared with me how much she loves color, especially the color orange. We looked at all the different designs, bevels and glass choices. Shirley chose a very simple diamond design with a border. The most fun was going through all the many colors and textures of glass for her design. We selected a very heavy texture for the main glass to hide the view of her neighbor’s home and used a very different texture of glass with multiple colors for her border as well as her main diamond piece. Of course there was her favorite color orange within the glass!

I went to visit with Shirley again after her stained glass window was installed and she is so thrilled with her new stained glass. She wanted me to mention that she has waited 26 years to finally have some stained glass in her home!

Antique Stained Glass Window Collection Sold to Save Lives

Posted October 25th, 2012 by Martin Faith
Antique Window

If you love stained glass and have been perusing our sites looking at all the lovely photos of our work, then you already know that every stained glass window we produce is custom made, and built to last for generations. But there is another kind of stained glass we are excited to tell you about – the kind that already has successfully withstood the test of time – antique stained glass!

On June 21st, Scottish Stained Glass will be hosting a benefit for Project C.U.R.E, a highly regarded charity that takes in donations of used, new or reusable medical equipment and supplies, and ships it off to needy clinics in third world countries around the globe.

To date, they have collected around $1,000,000 worth of supplies for the recently finished pediatric ICU in the Karl Heusner Memorial Hospital. This is one of that nation’s primary health care facilities, located in Belize City, Belize.  But although these much needed supplies have been donated free of charge, shipping that amount of tonnage to Belize is another matter entirely.
And that’s where we come in! Scottish Stained Glass founder, Martin Faith, has collected over 150 antique stained glass windows from his native Glasgow. They were “rescued” when many homeowners modernized their windows in the seventies and eighties, perhaps not realizing the worth of these lovely antiques. And although Martin dearly loves this stunning collection of 100+ year old windows, when he realized that selling it could potentially save hundreds of lives – his decision to sell them was easy.

During the 19th century, Glasgow Scotland was a mecca of stained glass art, the city filled with master craftsman plying their ancient trade and outfitting the Victorian homes and castles of the day with their amazing artworks. Stained glass has a long history across Europe, and particularly in Glasgow, home of master architect and stained glass artist Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

The windows in Martin Faith’s personal collection are one of-a-kind treasures of all sizes, colors and types of glass. In fact, many of them are made out of types of glass that are no longer possible to produce today, so not only are they beautiful, they are a tangible chunk of history. If you’d like to add one of these treasures to your home, it can be hung in a larger existing window via hooks, so you can let the sun shine through it, always the best way to view stained glass windows.

To see what these antique windows look like please view our stained glass samples.

Please visit Project C.U.R.E to make a donation or learn more about this wonderful cause.

The bulk of them will be viewed and then sold at our cocktail party fundraiser, to be held at our main Centennial, CO showroom on the evening of the summer solstice. We chose that particular evening so our guests would have the longest possible amount of daylight to admire their beauty, and choose the one they love the most to purchase. We’re expecting a great evening, complete with Glass, Grapes and Gruyere! The prices range from $500 to $20,000 for these beauties.

Please contact us for more information!

Designing the Perfect Stained Glass Windows for Your Home

Posted October 21st, 2012 by Martin Faith

How do you design the perfect stained glass windows for your home, windows you will never grow tired of admiring?  How do you design windows so special and unique that you will insist on taking them with you if you ever move? Where do you get stained glass windows that are valuable pieces of art, adding real value to your home? Who can create stained glass windows that your kids will fight over after you’re gone, that will become treasured family heirlooms?

The answer to all of these, is of course, Scottish Stained Glass.  However, for us to create exactly the stained glass design you want, you first must think through what the perfect stained glass piece means to you and your home.

There are many things to take into consideration:

  • Your personal tastes – modern, traditional, abstract, geometric, floral, Aspen, Deco, etc.
  • The architecture, period or style of your home – from Victorian to a suburban ranch home
  • Your existing décor and color scheme – do you love vivid colors, neutrals, or completely clear so it will match with any current décor and any remodeling in the future as well
  • Your specific needs, such as more privacy
  • Location – do you want stained glass sidelights or transoms, or stained glass panels in the kitchen cabinet doors or above your bar?
  • You can have hanging panels, instead of installed window panes (easier to move!)
  • Clear, colored, beveled, painted, etched, textured, or any combination
  • Caming is an important part of the design as well. (That refers to the metal strips between the pieces of glass.) Caming can be lead, copper, brass and come in a variety of widths, from1/4” up to 1”, each adding a very different feel to your design
  • Whether or not you foresee yourself moving at some point in the future
  • And last, but hardly least, your budget.

Which Stained Glass Design Is Right For Me?

So how do you decide on what you want? It’s pretty easy, in fact. Our Scottish Stained Glass design team is highly experienced and very familiar with many different styles of stained glass throughout history. Contact us for a free in-home consultation with one of our talented design pros. They’ll show up with photos, ideas, samples, and all the know-how and experience to answer all your questions and point you in the right direction.

Many of our clients consider the design process to be the most exciting part, other than actually enjoying their finished stained glass windows for years to come, of course! If you have an idea of what you’d want, our designers will sketch it out freehand on graph paper, to show you exactly what it would look like in your space and create the pattern.

One of the main factors in the cost of custom, hand crafted stained glass is the intricacy of the design. So, if your original idea turns out too costly, our designers can adapt the design right in front of your eyes, simplifying it to get it into your budget.

Why not have fun with the design process? Check out our galleries of the many stained glass designs we have constructed for previous clients and see what inspires you. Then contact us and get the ball rolling on those amazingly perfect stained glass windows for your home or commercial space.

Stained Glass Window FAQs

Posted October 18th, 2012 by Martin Faith
geometric stained glass design

In our 20+ years of experience designing, building and installing stained glass windows in peoples’ homes and offices, many of the same questions arise. People are concerned about the installation of stained glass windows, or how to care for them once they’ve been installed.

Some of the Top Stained Glass Window Questions:


Do I have to pick one of your stained glass designs or can I have one custom designed?

People are surprised to hear that all our stained glass windows and doors are custom designed with your input. You can pick an existing design as a starting point, work with one of our designers from a completely unique idea of your own – or anything in between.

If I am on a tight budget, is there any way I can still have stained glass in my home?

There are various ways we can work within your budget. One of the main costs is square footage. If our estimate is way beyond your budget, consider adding stained glass to a smaller window or perhaps a door panel instead of an entire door. The intricacy of the pattern is the other main factor. Once our designers get a sense of what you want, they can adjust the pattern, perhaps using fewer pieces, to bring it within your budget but still create the look you want.

How long does stained glass last?

Your stained glass windows or doors should last for generations. We use the most modern and technologically advanced methods of construction and installation. However, even before modern times, stained glass was pretty durable. Panels have been found intact dating back hundreds of years. We suspect your stained glass panels will outlive you, looking as beautiful as the day they were installed.

Do my stained glass windows need any special care?

Usually, our windows are installed on the inside of the existing window. The original pane acts to protect the stained glass from the elements. Dusting or cleaning with a mild cleanser is all the maintenance these windows require.

What happens if I invest all this money in stained glass and then decide to sell my home?

Many realtors believe that stained glass is a terrific investment, adding to the overall value of the home. The unique beauty of this investment might be what sells your home! Furthermore, you can always take your stained glass panels with you when you move.

My home is filled with antiques. Is it possible to purchase genuine, antique stained glass?

Yes, we have a lovely selection imported from Scotland that will be available on our website soon. And if you come across an antique stained glass window or other type of panel that needs repair, we also provide restoration services. The work we do will be indistinguishable from the original, preserving the weather, antique appearance. Contact us for more information!

I Don’t See My Question On This List

We are here to answer every question and allay any concern. If your stained glass window question isn’t on this list, take a look at our Frequently Asked Questions for even more information!

Greene & Greene, Masters of Exquisite Stained Glass

Posted October 10th, 2012 by Martin Faith

The comprehensive design and art style known as the American Arts and Crafts Movement began in the last years of the 19th century and continued rising in popularity until the 1930s. Brothers Charles Sumner Greene and Henry Mather Greene were two influential American architects, who are considered the “best of the best” of this movement, also known as the American Craftsman Movement. Greene and Greene left an amazing legacy of stained glass artwork in the houses they designed, some of which are considered icons of modern design even to this day.

Along with their stained glass windows and doors, they also designed numerous stained glass chandeliers, light fixtures and lanterns which survive to this day.

This is one of their most well-known stained glass pieces, from one of their most famous architectural masterpieces, The Gamble House. This huge tourist attraction sees upwards of 30,000 visitors each year coming from every corner of the globe.

Stained Glass Design from Greene & Greene


Greene & Greene – Architecture as Art

Although Greene and Greene did most of their work in California, that work is today included in museums across the U.S. and in Europe. The American Institute of Architects recognized them in 1952 for creating and contributing to a “new and native architecture”. Here’s another of their most well-known stained glass pieces, courtesy of the Smithsonian.

To see more of Greene and Greene architecture, furniture and stained glass, take a look on Pinterest.

If you are a long time Greene and Greene aficionado, or are just learning about them now, you might be salivating over the idea of having a piece of Greene and Greene style stained glass in your entryway, your bay window, or perhaps your wine cellar door, but never imagined it was possible.

Well, it is! Scottish Stained Glass does not do reproductions. In other words, we don’t copy existing Greene and Greene designs directly. However, our designers are well versed in their style and use it as inspiration and a springboard to custom make something in the Greene and Greene vein – yet completely original at the same time. Show us your favorite Greene and Greene stained glass, so we can discuss exactly what it is that so appeals to your aesthetic. Is it the rich, deep colors, or the elegant and graceful flow of the natural shapes? Whatever it is, we would be delighted to work with you and design some stunning Arts and Crafts Movement style stained glass for your home or commercial space.

Intrigued? Contact us today. Our designers come to you, for a no cost consultation. They are experts at creating the exact look and style you want.

Which Installation Method is Right for Your Stained Glass Windows?

Posted October 8th, 2012 by Martin Faith

Although most of our clients’ usually focus on the design and production of their new stained glass windows, in fact, the installation process is equally important. Our stained glass is hand built with the highest quality materials and the most efficient techniques, but installation is another area in which Scottish Stained Glass excels.

Over the years, we have developed our own methods to meet the needs of our clients and their homes. Our most popular method of installation is a process whereby the new stained glass window panel is actually bonded to the inside of the existing pane of glass. This method provides superior insulation, effectively providing a single paned window with the thermal efficiency of a double. By keeping the existing window in place, we also protect the stained glass from the elements, the wind, hail, or even flying debris that could otherwise damage it.

Our bonding process assures you that your stained glass windows can be installed very cleanly and quickly. We use a specially developed bonding tape, and finish it off with a tiny amount of caulk around the edge of the stained glass panel. This has two purposes – it matches the color of the window trim, so no separation between the panel and the window frame is seen, and it prevents any dust or debris from somehow finding its way behind the stained glass and dulling its beauty.

Stained Glass Installation Methods

However, this method is not appropriate 100% of the time. In some cases, the existing windows are not in good enough condition, so they need to be replaced before the stained glass windows can be installed.

For other uses, such as shower doors or bathroom windows where there is constant exposure to moisture, we prefer to sandwich the stained glass in between two panels of clear glass, effectively creating a factory sealed, triple paned unit that is easy to clean, and protects the stained glass art from the damaging effects of moisture over time. For this type of installation we use tempered glass, and always comply with all local building codes and new construction safety regulations.

It’s not the glass itself that is negatively impacted by moisture, it’s the metal strips that hold it together which could become corroded or weakened over time.

There’s another method of stained glass installation which most people have never considered. This is actually less of an installation, than simply hanging the panel in the window from hooks, as if you were hanging a painting. For this method, we could construct a metal or wooden frame around the stained glass panel, and attach the hooks.

If you’re wondering why anyone would prefer this method, there are a few good reasons. Many people move over the course of their lives, and you might be very sorry to have to leave your gorgeous stained glass windows behind if that becomes your situation! Simply unhooking the panel and taking it with you to your new home is a lot easier than having to uninstall the entire window pane. (Although this is a service we offer as well!)

Get The Right Stained Glass Installation Method For Your Home

When you work with Scottish Stained Glass to custom design a window or door, our designers will discuss the installation options with you. Contact us today for more information.

The Making of Stained Glass Windows — From Medieval Times to Modern Times

Posted October 5th, 2012 by Martin Faith

Traditional stained glass windows in Europe’s churches and cathedrals reached their heyday in the middle ages, as gothic architecture used massive vertical windows to provide more light. These early stained glass windows portrayed biblical history and church dogma in the form of gorgeous glass mosaics, many of which remain in situ today, to the delight of art connoisseurs and tourists alike. It is a testament to the craftsmanship and methods of these early stained glass artisans that their work has lasted, admired and respected through the centuries, although their names have been long forgotten.

Europe’s Stained Glass Masterpieces

One of the most impressive examples is the Cathedral of Our Lady of Chartres, in Chartres, France, where almost all of the 176 windows contains awe inspiring stained glass “paintings.” Another amazing architectural masterpiece is Sainte-Chapelle, (The Holy Chapel) the only building left of the Capetian royal palace in Paris, France. This chapel is famous specifically for its stained glass windows, which give the illusion of entire walls made of superbly crafted stained glass.

Given Europe’s tumultuous history, it’s amazing that any of these stained glass window masterpieces are still intact! Indeed, only two thirds of the stained glass in Sainte-Chapelle is still the original work, with the rest having been restored and replicated over the years.

Stained Glass Traditions

Scottish Stained Glass follows this ancient tradition of glass crafting when we make our thoroughly modern stained glass windows, panels and doors for our clients, whether churches, residential or commercial. The custom design and hand crafting of each piece have not changed at all!

Several things about the art of stained glass have changed though, most notably in terms of the tools and equipment used to make it.

Medeival glaziers followed a sketched “cartoon” (pattern) for their stained glass window design, as do our builders. But the cartoons we use today, although started by hand, are perfected on the computer, down to the millimeter.

In medieval times, a re-hot iron of some sort was used to cut the glass into the necessary shapes. Sounds unappealing and a bit dangerous, doesn’t it? Today, we use a hand held glass cutter that scores the glass, and the perfect shaped piece can simply be “snapped off.”

When the pieces of glass were ready to be assembled by medieval artists, they were fitted into caming, lead strips with channels that held them into place, then they were soldered together at the junction points. This has not changed very much to this day, although the solder and caming are much more modern versions.

Modern Stained Glass Techniques

There has been much advancement in the production of colored glass itself. However, the roughness of the surface and uneven thickness of medieval glass afforded a stunning array of refracted light when the sunlight passed through them. Many types of ancient stained glass are simply not made today… however, when we do a stained glass restoration, we do our best to match the exact color and look of the original glass.

If you’d like some thoroughly modern stained glass windows to grace your home, why not give us a call today? Our designers are ready to work with you, and we think you’ll be surprised at just how affordable stained glass windows can be!

Floral Style Stained Glass Windows Add Natural Beauty To Any Home

Posted October 3rd, 2012 by Martin Faith

If you are a gardener, a horticulturalist or just a nature and flower lover (and aren’t we all?) then an exciting choice for stained glass windows might just incorporate floral or foliage designs. Although this is one of the oldest and most traditional styles of stained glass work, it can also look thoroughly modern as well.

Here at Scottish Stained Glass, we’ve developed our own unique and elegant floral designs, including our wildly popular, vividly colored morning glories. Because we are based out of Colorado, we’ve also designed stained glass windows and doors using some of the flowers that are local to our area, including the dramatic Rocky Mountain Columbine, which is the state flower of Colorado, and the brightly colored Castilleja, also known as Indian Paintbrush or Prairie Fire.

Our own, unique signature collection incorporates modern images of the tree Colorado is most famed for – the lovely Aspen with its distinctive white bark, graceful limbs and fluttering leaves.

As we all know, real flowers don’t last very long once you’ve brought them home. But our floral stained glass designs are built to last for generations, using modern materials and techniques for durability and ongoing beauty.

Don’t Be Surprised If Your Windows Become Family Heirlooms

After all, the appeal of floral art is timeless and eternal, from the vivid masterpieces of Georgia O’Keefe to the famed Glasgow Rose made popular by Scottish artist, architect and stained glass designer Charles Rennie Mackintosh.

Flowers simply beautify any space, and yet, a floral stained glass window can have various practical purposes as well. Many of our clients decide to add stained glass to their homes to solve a privacy problem. They might not want anyone to see into their home from their entryway, yet they don’t want to block the light with curtains or shades. The same holds true for bathroom windows. Stained glass is a perfect solution, offering beauty, added value to the home and enhanced privacy, all the while letting the sun still shine through.

Floral Stained Glass Design Options

Bring the beauty of nature into your home or office with a floral stained glass window or door panel. Floral designs can be literal or more stylized, using a more graphic design approach that offers a floral feel without actual flowers in the design.

Did you know that every Scottish Stained Glass window or panel is custom designed to your needs, your tastes and your specifications? Not only that, our stained glass installation process uses only the most modern, up to code methods and includes a certificate of authenticity and valuation.

Why not contact us today for a consultation about floral stained glass? A member from our talented design team will work with you to create the perfect composition to complement and enhance the beauty of your home.  Whether you prefer clear, colored, floral, geometric or a unique combination of styles, floral stained glass is a wonderful way to bring elegance and beauty into your home.

People are Talking About Scottish Stained Glass Windows

Posted September 28th, 2012 by Martin Faith
  • “They give the house a more individual touch…”
  • “Makes my remodeled kitchen look so elegant…”
  • “Absolutely exquisite! I LOVE it! I knew it would be gorgeous, but the completed work far exceeded my expectations….”
  • “Designing my door was so much fun and seeing the upshot completely exceeded my imagination …”
  • “We waited years … thought it would be a lot more expensive (than it was)… “
  • “Exactly what we had wanted – giving us some privacy while letting in the light in our master bath…”

By now you’ve probably guessed that these are comments from our clients, talking about their new, custom designed and hand built stained glass windows from Scottish Stained Glass. With over twenty years in business and over 40,000 windows installed to more than 15,000 delighted customers, we’ve started to notice something – a trend, you might say.

Giving Customers What They Want in Stained Glass

Many of our customers love their stained glass so much that they can’t wait to order more. They want it in the entryway… in the bedroom… in their kitchen cabinet doors… even in the basement to hide those ugly well windows while still letting in every precious bit of light!

They want new stained glass and sometimes they even want antique stained glass. They want floral stained glass and they want Mission Style stained glass. They want Deco stained glass and they want Art Nouveau stained glass. They want vividly colored stained glass and they want earth toned, neutral stained glass.

They want clear leaded glass, textured glass, beveled glass and some of them even want etched or painted stained glass!

What is going on here?

Plain glass windows – be afraid! Be very afraid!

Of course we like to toot our own horn, and pride ourselves on our exquisite craftsmanship, professional installation, and top-notch customer service, but why believe us? Take it from your peers, our clients, who are continually thrilled with what we offer, how we do it, and what it does to their home or commercial space.

We wish we had a nickel for each time we’ve heard the word “perfect” about one of our stained glass window or door installations – we could go on vacation!

But since we are not on vacation, perhaps now is the time to order the stained glass windows you’ve been dreaming of? Our professional designers come to your home, showing you a stunning array of styles, patterns and colors of glass to choose from. Or help you design your own original pattern. Imagine the fun of participating in the design of a unique piece of art that will likely be in your family for generations.

Isn’t It Time You Loved Your Home’s Windows?

If you’ve always wanted stained glass windows but were afraid you could never afford them, why not give us a call for an estimate? We think you’ll be pleasantly surprised. We look forward to earning your business, and promise not to say “I told you so” when it’s all said and done and you’re gushing over how much you love your new windows.

Stained Glass Gifts are Perfect for the Holidays

Posted September 26th, 2012 by Martin Faith

Custom Stained Glass Gifts

Every piece that we build at Scottish Stained Glass is custom, which means you can create a completely unique gift for a birthday, anniversary or as a present this holiday season.  We’ll pair you with one of our expert designers to work through the process of composing your stained glass gift until we find the perfect leaded design and style you want to give.

Stained Glass Gift Options

Whether you choose to have a piece of stained glass installed, or want to create a hanging piece, we can create your perfect stained glass gift.  We often build hanging pieces or family crests for gifts because they can be hung anywhere, and they can move with the owner if they ever leave their current home.  These pieces can also be mounted inside of window to achieve the same effect of installed stained glass windows.

Of course, we also offer stained glass gifts that are installed into a window.  Giving our beautiful stained glass as a gift will look fantastic and serve as a functional piece by adding privacy throughout a home.  Some of the most popular applications of stained glass include sidelights, entryways, bathrooms, transoms, and kitchens, so matter where you would like to give this amazing gift, we can work with your needs.

Stained Glass Makes A Unique Holiday Gift

At Scottish Stained Glass, we work with only the highest quality stained glass to create the most beautiful and longest lasting pieces available.  Because every piece we build is custom, you can give a stained glass gift that is one of kind, and something that fits the style of the person you give it to.  As the gift-giver, being involved in the creation of the piece adds a personal touch that’s unique to stained glass gifts.

Scottish Stained Glass Gifts

At Scottish Stained Glass, we’ve worked with many clients looking to give stained glass gifts.  Recently one of our designers, Terri, worked with a woman who surprised her husband with a stained glass piece in his study.  Terri said that helping someone create a stained glass gift is particularly fun because of how exciting it can be to give this type of gift.  If you’ve got a friend or family member that you always have trouble thinking of a gift to give them, this year consider a stained glass gift that will be treasured for years to come!

If you have any questions about our products, our process, or to set up a consultation for your stained glass gift, feel free to give us a call today.  We can’t wait to help you give someone you love a piece of beautiful stained glass!

What are Stained Glass Panels?

Posted September 20th, 2012 by Martin Faith
Stained Glass Panels

The general assumption of stained glass is that it must replace a window, or at least be fully attached to a window.  However, stained glass panels are a great option that often goes unnoticed by many homeowners today.

Stained Glass Panel Options

If you’re interested in stained glass windows, but worried that you may not live in your current home forever, a custom designed stained glass window panel is a great solution.  This is a modification of traditional stained glass, and stained glass panels are usually hanging stained glass pieces that either hang inside of a window, or are attached to a window with removable brackets.

One of the most popular options for this type of stained glass is to get a family crest.  We can help you research your family name, and come up with a beautiful design that represents the history of your family.  This crest can be pasted on from generation to generation to your loved ones.

Stained Glass Panels Are a Great Choice for Homeowners

Stained glass can be an investment, and no matter where your life takes you, it may be important to take that investment with you.  Since our normal installation process involves bonding the stained glass to the inside of an existing, clear glass window, you can still achieve a similar look with a panel.  If you end up moving, you can add the same stained glass panel to a window in your new home.

One of the most amazing things about stained glass panels is that, if properly cared for, they can essentially last forever.  This means that you pass your unique work of glass art through your family for years to come.  Of course, if your panel is damaged, you can always contact us to have it repaired.

We often frame our leaded glass panels, and since we usually frame with wood, you can have it stained to match the look of your home.  When it comes to our custom stained glass, in fact, every aspect will personalized to the look of your home, and your own personal styles. We’ll pair you with one of our expert designers to work through this process, and ensure that you end up with stained glass panels that you truly love.

Let Scottish Create a Stained Glass Panel for You

If you have any questions about stained glass panels, or to set up a consultation with a designer in your area today, feel free to give us a call or send an email.  We can’t wait to help you add a beautiful, long lasting, family heirloom to your home today!

Down With Dull Kitchens!

Posted September 10th, 2012 by Martin Faith

Is your kitchen your favorite room in the house? Is it warm and cheery, beckoning guests, family and party goers to wander in and never leave? Or do you desperately wish you could update it, buy new granite counters, the most modern appliances, or even completely replace your old wood kitchen cabinets, the ones that have been stripped, finished, refinished, painted, stenciled – but still don’t give you the high end look you want?

Stained Glass Windows and Kitchen Cabinets to the Rescue

Stained glass kitchen cabinets from Scottish Stained Glass are a fantastic way to completely upgrade the look of your kitchen, without replacing the cabinets entirely. While most people thing windows when they think stained glass, we actually design and install it into kitchen cabinet doors on a regular basis.

Take a look at some of the stained glass kitchen cabinet doors we’ve done. And then imagine any of them in your kitchen! And then grab a napkin and wipe away that drool…

Why not call us for an estimate today? We think you’ll be surprised at the stunning, high quality stained glass you can have for an affordable price. And if antiques are your thing, we have an amazing selection of antique stained glass windows imported from Scotland. One of them might be just the perfect touch to hang in a kitchen window – or anywhere else.

Of course, if you are renovating the kitchen and adding new cabinets, we can work with your contractor to ensure the perfect match of colors and style. But we can also usually remove your existing cabinet doors and insert the stained glass, or build new doors that might work better for what you have in mind.

As far as kitchen renovations go, this one gives you a lot of visual bang for your buck. It will definitely make the kitchen the focal point of your home, if it wasn’t already. And no guest or potential buyer will ever forget your beautiful, eye-catching, mouth watering stained glass cabinet doors. Along with beauty, stained glass adds real value to your home.

Kitchen Stained Glass Designs & Styles

Clear or colored, etched or beveled, Celtic or floral, Deco or Art Nouveau, Prairie Style or Greene and Greene, your imagination is the only limit for our custom stained glass pieces. Imagine a design that “travels” across your cabinets, like a mural in glass! And if you have beautiful china or antique crystal, we can design the cabinet doors to show them off.

And if you want to take this a bit further, how about stained glass for your curio cabinet, your wine cellar door, dull pantry door, your plain sliding glass patio door, or that window above the kitchen sink, you know, the one you can never reach to open, if it opens at all. That is the perfect place for some glowing glass art to tie in those cabinets.

Contact Scottish Stained Glass to make an in-home appointment with one of our designers. Let us show you our designs – or you show us yours. We guarantee, your kitchen will never be the same!

Taking a Closer Look at the Fine Art of Stained Glass Windows

Posted September 7th, 2012 by Martin Faith

Wandering through an outdoor art show in Denver the other day, I enjoyed seeing the pastels, the mixed media and the oil paintings. Then, unexpectedly, in one booth I came across a lovely, detailed stained glass window that had been installed into an old wooden frame. It took me by surprise, and I stopped to admire it.

And just like my favorite paintings, I found that the more I looked at it, the more beautiful it became. The more I studied it, the more amazed I was by the workmanship and talent involved. And the more I admired it, the more I lusted for it!

Stained Glass Fine Art

I must admit that I’ve always thought stained glass was pretty, and some pieces even gorgeous, but I never really stopped and looked at it in the same way that I’ve looked at other “fine art” such as the masters’ paintings hanging in museums. Although I myself am an artist, and have the greatest respect for other artists and all kinds of art expressions, I am embarrassed now to admit that I seem to have taken stained glass for granted! Have you?

Since I’ve been working for Scottish Stained Glass, the largest custom stained glass studio of its kind in the country, I’ve developed a new appreciation for this ancient art form that dates back to medieval times. The design, talent and craftsmanship that goes into making a “painting” out of tiny pieces of colored glass held together by equally tiny strips of metal is truly extraordinary!

The design must fit into a specified set of dimensions—that of the window frame—and yet must be balanced, composed, and use a color palate that complements the existing décor. In fact, stained glass windows or doors are a double threat, because they provide functional beauty that enhances your home not just visually but in its actual value as well.

Imagine the skill and precise attention to detail that must be followed to cut those tiny pieces of glass into the precise shapes that form the precise pattern, and have the entire thing come together as one seamless whole, a finished, polished and sophisticated piece of art!

Stained Glass Artists

Some of the artists who’ve worked in stained glass are quite famous, including the Scottish water colorist and architect Charles Rennie Mackintosh, and the famed California duo of Greene and Greene. They saw stained glass windows not as a separate art form, but as an organic and vital part of the overall design and aesthetic value of the buildings they designed.

Are you a casual admirer of stained glass, or have you ever stopped and really taken a close look at a stained glass window the same way you might look at an oil painting done by a master? Stained glass window designs run the gamut from floral to geometric to abstract. Indeed, just as with any art form, the only limit is the imagination, talent and skill of the artist!

Intrigued? Want to hear more? Please contact us about having this beautiful art form added to your fine art collection in the form of stained glass windows or doors in your home!

Top 5 Reasons to Add Stained Glass to Your Entryway

Posted September 6th, 2012 by Martin Faith
Stained Entryway Glass

Does your home have a glass panel in the front door? Or how about two sidelights on either side of the front door, or a transom window at the top of the door? These are one of the most popular places for people to add stained glass windows, for a wide variety of reasons.

Entryway Stained Glass

Your home’s entryway is the first thing a visitor sees when coming to your home. It is their first impression of you and the way you live. In fact, it is also the first thing you see when you get home, so you’d like it to be warm and inviting. You want it to “welcome” you home. Many homeowners jazz up that area with flowers, interestingly sculpted bushes, or even painting their front door a brighter, more dramatic contrasting color than the rest of the house, such as cherry red or forest green.

Another option which will really make your home stand out is the addition of either colored stained glass, or clear leaded glass.

Here are the top 5 benefits of having custom stained glass in your home’s entryway:

  1. Make a striking first – and last – impression on friends, visitors and family. It will be obvious to all who see it that your home is well loved and cared for, a prized possession and reflection of its owner’s great taste.
  2. Give your home an individual, personalized look in today’s oh-so-similar housing developments. You know, the ones where every house looks exactly the same as the ones next to it – except yours!
  3. Add privacy, without blocking the light.  When people come to your front door, they cannot see into your home from the outside. You can see them through the peephole, but no one will know if you are home or not in case you decide not to answer the door.
  4. Add value to your home. Custom stained glass windows from Scottish Stained Glass add value just like any other home improvement. They might be the very thing that sells your house, if the time should come that you decide to put it on the market. (On the other hand, you can have us remove your stained glass windows and take them with you, if you simply cannot bear to part with them!)
  5. Add the beauty of fine, hand crafted and custom designed artwork to your home in a way that is not just lovely and decorative, it’s practical as well for all the preceding reasons!

We have a wide variety of options for entryways, including traditional colored stained glass patterns in many different styles, as well as beveled and textured glass with varying degrees of transparency. If your front door is solid wood, we can even create a new, custom door with a cutout for a stained glass panel in the center.

Custom Stained Glass Options Available

And speaking of custom, all of our stained glass windows and doors are custom made, to your tastes and specific needs. You’ll be working with one of our designers to get the exact look and style for your entryway that will complement your décor and delight your aesthetic senses.

Take a look at some of the entryways we have already designed for our clients and see if you can imagine them in your home. Or perhaps you are imagining something completely different? Many of our most stunning designs come from clients’ ideas, so we’d love to hear yours!

Kitchen Stained Glass will Liven up Windows and Cabinets

Posted August 29th, 2012 by Martin Faith
Kitchen Stained Glass Windows by Scottish


Is your kitchen your favorite room in the house? Is it warm and cheery, beckoning guests, family and party goers to wander in and never leave? Or do you desperately wish you could update it, buy new granite counters, the most modern appliances, or even completely replace your old wood kitchen cabinets, the ones that have been stripped, finished, refinished, painted, stenciled – but still don’t give you the high end look you want?

Stained glass kitchen cabinets from Scottish Stained Glass are a fantastic way to completely upgrade the look of your kitchen, without replacing the cabinets entirely. While most people thing windows when they think stained glass, we actually design and install it into kitchen cabinet doors on a regular basis.

Take a look at some of the stained glass kitchen cabinet doors we’ve done. And then imagine any of them in your kitchen! And then grab a napkin and wipe away that drool…

Why not call Scottish Stained Glass for an estimate today? We think you’ll be surprised at the stunning, high quality kitchen stained glass you can have for an affordable price. And if antiques are your thing, we have an amazing selection of antique stained glass windows imported from Scotland. One of them might be just the perfect touch to hang in a kitchen window – or anywhere else.

Great for Kitchen Renovations

Of course, if you are renovating the kitchen and adding new cabinets, we can work with your contractor to ensure the perfect match of colors and style. But we can also usually remove your existing cabinet doors and insert the stained glass, or build new doors that might work better for what you have in mind.

As far as kitchen renovations go, this one gives you a lot of visual bang for your buck. It will definitely make the kitchen the focal point of your home, if it wasn’t already. And no guest or potential buyer will ever forget your beautiful, eye-catching, mouth watering stained glass cabinet doors. Along with beauty, stained glass adds real value to your home.

Clear or colored, etched or beveled, Celtic or floral, Deco or Art Nouveau, Prairie Style, or Greene and Greene, your imagination is the only limit for our custom stained glass pieces. Imagine a design that “travels” across your cabinets, like a mural in glass! And if you have beautiful china or antique crystal, we can design the cabinet doors to show them off.

And if you want to take this a bit further, how about stained glass for your curio cabinet, your wine cellar door, dull pantry door, your plain sliding glass patio door, or that window above the kitchen sink, you know, the one you can never reach to open, if it opens at all. That is the perfect place for some glowing glass art to tie in those cabinets.

Contact Scottish Stained Glass to make an in-home appointment with one of our designers. Let us show you our designs – or you show us yours. We guarantee, your kitchen will never be the same!

Painted Stained Glass as Fine Art

Posted August 24th, 2012 by Martin Faith

At Scottish Stained Glass, we work with innumerous tastes and styles for our home stained glass options.  While the most common type of stained glass is our colorless, textured privacy glass choices, occasionally we come across an uncommon request.

Recently, we had the pleasure of working with a client to add a unique, hand painted piece of stained glass to her entryway.  As you can see from the photos here, this piece depicts a beautiful young woman, actually an angel, with red wings behind her.

Creating Painted Stained Glass Art

For this particular piece, we drew inspiration from a painting by Dante Gabriel Rossetti called “La Bella Mano,” which depicts many angels together. Our client came across this painting and loved it.

“I wanted to subdue some of the harsh sunlight that was coming through the transom windows above my front door, but I wanted to do something creative with it,” said our client. By using this beautiful painting in the center, and surrounding it with textured glass, she was able to create the perfect look for her home; both fine art and functional glass.

The process of painting glass is a delicate art, and our expert painter, Nancy, is skilled in this process. Painting glass is a layering process in which the glass is painted, then fired, then painted again, and so on.  This particular piece was fired in a 1200 degree kiln at least 15 times, cooling for about 24 hours after each fire.

Fine Art Stained Glass

“Just the hair used three colors to create the right depth,” Nancy said.  This process actually melts the paint into the glass, making the artwork permanent.  If properly taken care of, a piece of this kind of glass can be passed on for generations and last forever.

Nancy actually restarted the process after her first few steps.  “I was using a technique commonly used in painted glass for churches, but it creates more solid lines.  After I saw how this would look on the angel piece, I decided I wanted something softer looking.  I really wanted it to look perfect,” she said.

Our piece of this beautiful glass artwork is finished, but our client is getting one more addition.  She’s having wrought iron installed to the outside of the window to match the exterior look of her front door.  “I’m very happy with all of the glasswork.  Everyone did such a great job, and I love the way it looks,” she said.

Adding Glass Artwork to Your Home

This project is a beautiful example of fine art stained glass.  Since every piece we build is custom, you’ll be able to actually choose a piece that you’ll truly love.  One of our most popular choices for hand-painted glass is to get a beautiful family crest to honor your family name and heritage.

If you’re interested in getting a painted piece of glass artwork in your home, feel free to give us a call or send an email.  Our designers and painter will help you find the right piece for your unique home, that you will love for years to come!

Can You Afford Stained Glass Windows? Yes!

Posted August 22nd, 2012 by Martin Faith
Affordable Stained Glass

Stained glass windows and designs have an ancient and distinguished history. Examples of this time honored craft have been found in Europe’s ancient churches dating back centuries. In fact, when U.S. citizens go abroad, one of Europe’s main attractions are those imposing and venerated churches with their jaw-dropping stained glass windows.

Tourists everywhere are stunned by the colors, still so vivid despite the passing of hundreds of years, as well as the intricate detail and the moving depictions of religious symbolism. It’s likely that more photos are snapped of stained glass masterpieces than of any other architectural wonder throughout Europe.

Take a look at some of these stained glass marvels and see for yourself!

Stained Glass Design Is An Art Of Its Own

If you love the work of Vincent van Gogh or Monet, you might have a reproduction or tastefully framed poster in your home.  You might have even purchased original work painted in that style as an heirloom to treasure for generations to come.

With stained glass, there’s no need to get a reproduction or work that pays homage to the greats.  Stained glass window designs are affordable treasures that allow you to actually have an original masterpiece!  Made with a combination of both ancient and thoroughly modern methodologies, stained glass art work is guaranteed to add beauty to your home.

Perhaps you’ve always loved and admired ancient stained glass, but never considered that you could have modern stained glass in your home. Think about it… is it really such a far-fetched idea that you could add an artistic glass treasure to your home’s decor?

One of the missions of Scottish Stained Glass is to bring the art form we are so passionate about into American homes. (And offices, and churches, and just about anywhere else, of course!) All of our pieces are indeed custom made and hand built, by experienced and highly trained American artisans.

You are likely wondering “if stained glass windows are all custom made and hand-built, with today’s labor prices, how can I afford it?”

How Affordable Is Stained Glass Artwork?

Let’s take a look at the main factors that influence the cost of an original stained glass panel, whether for a window or a door.

  1. The square footage: our prices start at $150 per square foot, so the bigger the space or the more windows you desire, the more expensive it will be. But part of having a stained glass window custom made includes working with a Scottish Stained Glass designer. They are used to showing clients how to get what they want at a price they can afford. If your estimate comes in too high, perhaps there is a smaller window you could add stained glass to, or just a cut out in the center of a door instead of an entire door panel.
  2. Intricacy of the pattern: It stands to reason that the more detailed the pattern, and the more pieces involved, the more expensive it will be to produce. Tweaking your design to make it slightly simpler, with fewer pieces of glass and larger shapes can bring down the price substantially, while still giving you a stunning, beautiful piece of stained glass art that will add great aesthetic beauty and value to your home.

Interestingly, the type of glass, texture, or color does not really impact the price at all.

If you have never imagined that you could afford original stained glass in your home, we invite you to contact us. One of our designers will call on you at your home or office, and work up a sketch and an estimate on the spot. We think you will be surprised and delighted by the outcome!

Anatomy of a Stained Glass Window Restoration

Posted August 16th, 2012 by Martin Faith
Lobby Restoration at the Boulderado Hotel

Our clients are delighted when we tell them that our custom stained glass windows will last for generations, and probably become much loved family heirlooms over time. And in fact, time doesn’t cause glass to deteriorate to any significant degree, (okay, perhaps over thousands of years!) but of course anything can happen over the years that might chip, break or even shatter it completely. That is one of the reasons we’ve developed our special stained glass installation methods, where we will place the stained glass panel on the inside of an existing pane of glass.

How Stained Glass Restoration Can Save Your Windows

However, the lead strips which are generally used to hold the individual pieces of glass together can and does deteriorate. These strips are called “caming,” and can be made out of lead, brass, or even copper—the preferred metal used by the famed glass designer, Tiffany.

In the case of lead caming, the lead reacts with humidity or other weather conditions which cause oxidation, and over time the metal becomes brittle, losing any flexibility and making it ineffective at its primary job—holding the stained glass pattern together. The good news is that this doesn’t happen right away, it can take anywhere from 60 years to double that length of time.

By the time the lead does need to be replaced in a stained glass window—that window is usually an antique, with great value. It is usually worth it to do a full restoration of that piece, and here at Scottish Stained Glass, we take restoration of antique stained glass very seriously. We are honored to restore the pieces created by the stained glass masters who came before.

Whether an antique stained glass panel has been broken due to the elements, or is in danger of breaking because the lead has deteriorated over the passage of time, restoration involves taking the entire panel apart. Each piece of glass must be removed, and if they have been broken or are missing, we do our best to match the exact color or texture. Of course, in many cases the type of glass that was used is not even produced any more, but our restoration experts know exactly what glass to use so that no one would ever know it’s been replaced.

Stained Glass Restoration Experts Make All the Difference

The glass pieces are cleaned and polished, and then reassembled into the exact same pattern with brand new lead caming. If it sounds like a time consuming process, it is. However, once the restoration is finished, the panel is restored to its former glory and if installed behind another pane of clear glass, it will last at least another 100 years and probably much more.

The largest restoration we’ve done to date was the famous stained glass lobby ceiling in the Boulderado Hotel, which took us approximately six to seven months to complete.

If you have a stained glass piece that needs restoration work, how do you know whether it’s worth the money and effort? Perhaps you’d be better off if we simply made a new piece, with the same pattern and design as the older one? The fact is that restoration of an antique is much more costly than commissioning a brand new window. And yet, after a good, high quality restoration job, that original window would be 2 to 3 times more valuable than the new one.

How do you decide? Contact us for a free consultation about a stained glass window restoration.

Religious Stained Glass in Denver

Posted August 14th, 2012 by Martin Faith
religious stained glass

Stained glass in churches is one of the most well-known applications of our product. Churches have actually been using stained glass for over 400 years, and many all over the world are filled with these beautiful pieces.

Scottish Stained Glass Denver has extensive experience with both new religious stained glass, and replacing damaged or worn pieces. Whatever addition you are looking for in your building, we can accommodate your needs, and since each piece is custom, no two churches will look the same.

We have created many different styles for numerous denominations in Denver. Our team can design beautiful floral windows, biblical depictions, or whatever compliments your congregation. The options are endless, and our designers will work with you to create exactly what you’re looking for.

This process begins with an on-site consultation for your building. From there, our designers will begin creating a piece that fits your needs. For smaller windows along the sides of your church, we can create a simple yet beautiful design, while adding more intricate larger pieces as focal points. Our experienced designers can help you make key decisions on your windows.

Our glass is the best quality in the industry, so you can rest easy with the knowledge that you’ve invested in a great work of art that will last. We have over 20 years of experience in Denver, and we are the leading religious stained glass providers in the nation.

Religious Stained Glass Replacement and Restoration in Denver

Many churches in Colorado are old, and while they may have been built with stained glass, it might have been damaged over the years. Our designers and builders are experts at replicating antique pieces as exactly as possible, and we have over 600 colors to choose from. This gives us the ability to match even the colors of your original windows very closely.

Restoring and replacing old stained glass is a delicate process. Founder Martin Faith learned this subtle craft in his home of Scotland, and his experience reflects in all our builders and designers, who take the time to make sure each piece is created with care.

Contact us today to get started on your religious stained glass piece in Denver. Adding stained glass to your church will create a new-found charm that will be cherished for ages to come.

Three Things to Consider Before Ordering Custom Stained Glass Windows

Posted August 10th, 2012 by Martin Faith
custom stained glass windows

Here at Scottish Stained Glass, all of our windows are custom designed to your exact specifications, hand crafted using traditional techniques combined with modern materials, and installed in the most durable and efficient manner.
If you are considering stained glass windows for your entryway, your sliding patio door, your transoms, or anywhere else in your home, here are some things to consider:

1. Design: Our custom design process allows you to choose from the many hundreds of stained glass window styles we have already created, or imagine something entirely new and see that come to life. You can choose from Art Deco, floral, Aspen, Prairie Style inspired designs and many more — and we have 600 colors of glass to choose from! Depending on your tastes, your current décor, or the architecture of your home, you could choose between colored stained glass, clear textured stained glass, beveled or etched glass, or any combination of these beautiful styles. If you can dream it, we can first sketch it and then build it!

See the various different styles we offer here. We also offer in-home consultation if you live near any of our showrooms, so give us a call for an appointment. If you don’t live near one of our studios, no problem! We have extensive experience working with out-of-town clients via phone, computer and mail.

2. Quality: Of course you want stained glass windows of the highest quality, ones that will last for generations and add to the value of your home. The fact is, not all stained glass is created equal. At Scottish Stained Glass, we pride ourselves on use the highest quality materials available. Our builders are artists with special training and experience in using our unique methods.

Over our twenty years in business, we’ve incorporated CAD computer technology to make sure each and every pattern is perfect, we’ve perfected precise soldering temperatures and specialized polishing methods – and we even have developed our own installation techniques. For instance, our stained glass windows are bonded to the inside of an existing window. This allows you to keep your windows (assuming they are in good enough condition) and makes the installation process quick and clean. It also protects the stained glass panel from the elements, and as an added bonus increases the thermal efficiency of the window!

All of these factors ensure that you will find no higher quality stained glass windows made anywhere.

3. Cost: It is our mission to make stained glass affordable, and our prices start as low as $150 per square foot. If you wonder if you can actually afford the stained glass project you have in mind, remember that along with the square footage, it’s the detail or intricacy of the pattern that adds to the cost. A simple pattern will always be less expensive than one using many tiny pieces, but that doesn’t mean it has to be any less beautiful.

Contact us so one of our stained glass designers can give you an estimate for what you have in mind, and work with you to create something you will be thrilled with at a price you can afford.

For more stained glass information, check out our FAQ or give us a call today.

Stained Glass – Not Just For Windows but For Interiors Too

Posted August 8th, 2012 by Martin Faith
Interior Stained Glass

Most people think windows immediately when they think stained glass, but there are many beautiful uses for stained glass in the interior or a home or commercial space.

For homes, one of the most popular is stained glass panels installed into the kitchen cabinet doors. You can imagine just how this “classes” up a kitchen, giving it an elegant designer look. The stained glass can be designed to look antique or contemporary, depending on whether you are trying to complement an older, Victorian style home, or thoroughly modernize your kitchen, perhaps along with the purchase of brand new appliances. Stained glass kitchen cabinets can be the beginning of a theme in the home. How about stained glass in your curio cabinet doors, or in your wine cellar door? Or for a stunning and unique lighting fixture?

Stained glass is beautiful in an interior doorway, or even to create privacy or separation of different spaces as a room divider. This affords a barrier, yet it still keeps a spacious feel because the translucent glass allows the sunshine or room lighting to pass right through. It’s a wonderful choice as a divider in an office or workspace as well.

And for retail establishments such as bars, hotels, restaurants, stained glass has a long tradition. It’s frequently used as a back splash behind a bar, or to create a distinctive sign with the establishment’s name displayed in a way that patrons will not miss. Another popular interior use for stained glass is in a family crest or a plaque commemorating some special event or achievement. Scottish Stained Glass has done many plaques for golf courses and other establishments.

Another idea is a beautiful antique stained glass window or panel, hung either in a window or on a wall as a piece of art. Although if you hang a piece of stained glass on a wall, the sunlight cannot pass through it, it can still be placed where the sun will hit it and bring it to life! We import some lovely antique stained glass pieces out of Scotland. They are masterfully crafted and made with types of glass that are no longer made today. These wonderful slices of history all but command your attention and are guaranteed to add a unique “flavor” to a home or office.

Although most of our customers do wind up installing stained glass in exterior windows or doors, as you can see, there are many other creative and fabulous uses for this medium. Skylights, fireplace screens (just imagine the firelight dancing through a piece of stained glass, casting it’s rainbow colors and dancing lights all about your room), ceilings, wall hangings… where would you like to see stained glass?

Where ever you put stained glass, it will add life, energy, light and beauty and value to your space.

If this article has gotten your creative juices flowing, why not contact usand set up an appointment with one of our highly experienced and talented design staff? During your consultation, you can choose from any of our different styles and patterns and work with a designer to create a custom piece of stained glass, for anywhere in your home. Any style, any pattern, any size… all our work is custom designed and hand crafted exactly for you.

Most Beautiful Stained Glass Windows, From Ancient Classics to Modern Marvels

Posted August 3rd, 2012 by Martin Faith
stained glass window

Working in solid, non-bendable but highly breakable glass would not seem like a very versatile craft. But through the ages, master craftsman have done an absolutely astounding array of styles and forms using glass as their medium. Many of these stained glass windows rank right up there with the world’s most famed paintings in terms of timeless beauty and artistic mastery.

On the popular social site Quora, we came across someone asking,“What and where are the most beautiful stained glass windows in the world?” Different people offered photos of their choices, and others voted on their favorites. As stained glass artists and historians, we were frankly delighted to see this amount of interest in stained glass art.

Many of the “nominated” stained glass works are truly classics, masterpieces even, so we are thrilled to see the interest and respect for these works of fine art.

We were not surprised that the windows which received the most votes from viewers were that of Sainte Chapelle, in Paris. This mid-13th century gothic chapel is the only building remaining of the Capetian royal palace. It was designed and constructed to give the appearance of walls of stained glass, and the photos of it are quite spectacular. Here are some more photos of this architectural wonder.

Although in olden times, churches used stained glass windows to tell biblical tales, today modern stained glass artists are using stained glass to tell modern tales of equal importance to their culture, such as the striking “Windows of Hope” at the Genocide Memorial in Kigali, Rwanda.

The photos people posted on this page are quite amazing, showcasing both ancient and modern stained glass of a wide array of styles. One that we particularly liked was a stunning glass portrait of a horse, done by the artist Marc Chagall. This piece is currently on display at the MuséesNationaux duXXe Siècle des Alpes-Maritimes in France. There is also a spectacular Prairie Style piece, Saguaro Forms and Cactus Flowers, loaded withvivid color and intricate detail. This stained glass window was part of Wright’s organic design of the famed Arizona Biltmore Hotel in Phoenix. See another photo of this panel, a href=”http://www.flickr.com/photos/alanenglish/6717554375/” target=”_blank”>here.

If you like the look of Prairie Style stained glass, or any other style, you can work with a Scottish Stained Glass designer to have a custom stained glass window done in that style. Over the years we have done hundreds of Wright inspired stained glass, along with pieces inspired by Greene and Greene and many other influences.

We hope looking at all these lovely photos has opened up your idea of what stained glass can be. If you can imagine it, we can build it! Contact us today for more information or to get an estimate on stained glass art for your home, church or commercial space.

Beveled Stained Glass Windows: The Timeless Touch of Elegance

Posted July 30th, 2012 by Martin Faith
beveled stained glass windows

Do you love beveled stained glass windows? For many of our clients, it’s the beveling on their glass that they love the most, because that is what creates those gorgeous prisms of rainbow light dancing across their room, that sparkle and magic that they just never get tired of.

We are extremely pleased with the custom glass windows that you designed and installed in our home. They are a delightful topic of conversation… They truly give our home a sense of individuality. We enjoy the refracted “play of light” from the beveled pieces.”
-The Roy family

Here at Scottish Stained Glass, all of our artisans are specially trained in the art of beveling and creating gorgeous patterns from this type of glass. But what exactly are we talking about when we say beveling?

What are Beveled Stained Glass Windows?

Beveled glass refers to a fairly thick piece of clear glass that has had an angle cut around its entire edge, which is then polished to the smoothest imaginable finish. The glass we use is usually 1/8″ thick. This angled edge is the bevel and it acts as a prism, refracting sunlight or any other kind of light that strikes it. This creates interesting effects both on the glass itself and throughout the room it is installed in.

At one point in history, all beveled stained glass windows were made by hand, using different rotating wheels which ground down and polished these slanted edges. Today, the process is sometimes still done the old fashioned way, but semi-automated machines have also been developed to produce beautiful beveling for much less cost.

We’d bet your grandma had a mirror made out of beveled glass that you might remember from your childhood. Beveled glass evokes a wonderful feeling of bygone elegance; it’s classy, classic and completely timeless.

Many prospective customers are surprised to hear that clear glass designs account for the bulk of our stained glass window installations. Also known as leaded glass, these clear windows are popular because they provide privacy while letting the light through, and also have no colors which might clash with your current décor, or any new décor you might decide upon in the future. And if you put your home up for sale at some point, they aren’t any colors which might turn off prospective buyers. If you are considering a clear leaded glass window, talk to us about adding the sophisticated and graceful touch of beveled glass.

Beveled glass can stand on its own as the focal point of a stained glass window or door design, but it can also be combined with textured glass or the traditional colored glass in an infinite number of stunning designs and patterns.

Contact Scottish Stained Glass today to learn more about the art of beveled stained glass windows or to have a piece custom built.

All Stained Glass Windows are not Created Equal!

Posted July 27th, 2012 by Martin Faith
Stained Glass Windows

Did you know that our “builders,” the craftsmen who actually cut and assemble each piece of glass for stained glass windows, train for up to ten years? Our methods are somewhat different than those used for “plain old stained glass” so we like to train and certify our artists, ensuring their work meets our standards.

Once a stained glass artisan has mastered our specific methods, they produce precise, stunning, highly detailed, pieces of stained glass, including beveling and etching as well as both clear, texured leaded glass and the traditional colored panels you think of when you think “stained glass windows.” These dedicated and talented artists may take weeks building one stained glass panel!

If you know anything about the history of stained glass windows, you might think that its production has not changed much over the centuries — and you would be correct! Scottish Stained Glass founder Martin Faith was trained in the traditional methods in his native Scotland. However, although each piece of Scottish Stained Glass is still custom designed and built by hand as it was centuries ago, Martin has spent the past twenty years refining and improving this process.

In this way, Scottish Stained Glass incorporates the age old tradition of stained glass making with the most modern computer technologies and improved materials, to bring clients modern, yet classic stained glass windows that are both a works of art and a practical home improvements adding value to your home.

All Stained Glass Windows are not the Same!

We’ve seen many pieces that look mass produced, with lines that don’t match up and the solder in the joints a completely different color than the “caming” or lead strips. Much of this stained glass looks great from afar, but when you see it up close, to be perfectly frank, it looks cheap. It doesn’t give the sense of being lovingly made by a master craftsman. And we have to wonder it its construction would stand the test of time.

Some of the Scottish Stained Glass differences include:

  • Work one on one with a designer, to create your stained glass window design and supervise your project
  • Meticulous design, with the final pattern done to exact specs via computer
  • Highly trained, experienced and certified stained glass artists
  • One “builder” to cut, join, solder, and polish your entire stained glass panel. No assembly line work!
  • Highest possible accuracy of glass cutting, ensuring each piece is the exact shape and size to fit the pattern
  • Use of dark leads to give a more expensive look
  • Hidden soldering joints and precise soldering temperatures, so the lead looks seamless and the joints are stable
  • Our own unique glass polishing process removes any excess solder and gives the finished piece a gorgeous, gasp-worthy glow – even before the sun hits it

Because of our certification process, our attention to detail, our use of computer technologies and best available materials, our clients are ensured of receiving beautiful, high quality and long lasting pieces of art.

Scottish Stained Glass might take longer to produce, indeed it might cost a bit more, but our mission has always been to make stained glass windows of the highest quality that are affordable to everyone – not just the monarchy, the uber-wealthy, or churches whose congregations have deep pockets. So why not contact us today about custom stained glass windows for your home, and experience the Scottish difference for yourself?

Antique Stained Glass Windows Provide the Perfect Accent in Modern Homes

Posted July 24th, 2012 by Martin Faith
Antique Stained Glass Windows

Over the years Scottish Stained Glass has imported upwards of one thousand antique stained glass windows from Scotland, the homeland of founder Martin Faith. These pieces can be more than 100 years old, but we pick them based on the beauty of their designs and the mastery of the craftsmanship. They are extraordinarily well built, in fact the work of master craftsmen for whom we have the utmost respect.

The fact is that these antique stained glass windows cannot be duplicated because much of the glass used is of a type no longer made. But this makes these lovely antiques all the more valuable.

Why might you want antique stained glass windows in your home instead of having a brand new, custom made stained glass window made to your exact specifications? For the same reason that many people seek out and highly value antiques of any kind, whether cars, furniture or artwork – an intense love and appreciation for history, artifacts from a different era, and craftsmanship that is rarely seen in the modern world.

However, here at Scottish Stained Glass we pride ourselves on our craftsmanship, even going so far as to specially train and certify our stained glass artisans.

If you’re an antique stained glass connoisseur or aficionado, take a look at some of these stained glass beauties.

Now, perhaps you are wondering, “but what are the chances that one of these antique stained glass windows would fit precisely into my modern windows?” Although each antique window is custom made and one of a kind, the fact is that the windows in modern homes are usually bigger than the windows of old. However, this can work to your advantage, as we can install the smaller antique with hooks, to hang in the middle of an existing window.

It’s possible that you might find one of our antiques to be the same size as the window you’d like to see it in – but even if not, we can install it in a different way. And there’s yet another option… if you fall in love with an antique pattern, we can copy that for you, custom made to the exact specifications of your windows. You can have the look of antique stained glass, although by necessity it will be made with all modern materials. (We do not build with antique glass.)

Show Us Your Antique Stained Glass Windows

By the way, if you are already in possession of any antique stained glass, from a window panel to an heirloom lamp, we would love to restore it to any degree necessary. We’ve restored many broken or damaged antique stained glass windows to their original glory, including several months work on the famous lobby’s stained glass ceiling at the Boulderado Hotel in Colorado. We take care to match the colors exactly, and will go so far as to remove every single piece of the glass, redo all the lead strips, and clean and polish the piece till it glows!

Please contact us today for more information about our antique stained glass windows, any restoration projects, or of course, any new stained glass windows or doors.

Breathtaking Art Deco Stained Glass Withstands the Test of Time

Posted July 20th, 2012 by Martin Faith

A Classic Piece of Art Deco Stained Glass

Feast your eyes on this stained glass masterpiece, arguably the most famous Art Deco stained glass in the country. What you are looking at is actually the ceiling of the Council Chamber in the Buffalo, NY City Hall. This spectacular ceiling was commissioned, built and installed in the twenties – they heyday of Art Deco design.

But this style has stayed popular over the years, and with good reason! The art, furniture and architecture of that period simply appeal to the eye, with their dramatic clean lines and bold design.

Although this piece is almost 100 years old, it remains magnificent, its design timeless. Honestly no photos can do it justice, so if you are ever in Buffalo please add this to your list of “must-sees.” And make sure to go on a sunny day! Although widely considered a Deco piece, the designer also paid homage to Buffalo’s Native American history and indigenous art as well by incorporating the image of a sunburst.

Of course, one of the most amazing things about Art Deco stained glass windows, doors and ceilings is that they look different and refract the light differently under different times of day and different weather conditions. Here’s another look at this spectacular piece of Art Deco stained glass under different sky conditions.

If you are a fan of Deco, perhaps you’d like to add a touch of Art Deco stained glass to your home, office or retail space. It’s unlikely that you’d want a stained glass ceiling in your home, (although you might definitely want one in a public building, a church, a hotel, or other public and commercial spaces!) but what about creating a similar effect with a skylight? Imagine the sun streaming through some beautiful colored, textured or beveled glass into your home, casting dancing colors and patterns across the floor, the walls and the furniture. An Art Deco stained glass skylight or window could introduce a touch of magic to your home.

Art Deco stained glass affords the elegance, class and defining style of a bygone era that still manages to remain modern.

In our twenty years in business, Scottish Stained Glass has designed many pieces in the Deco style for admiring customers. Your Art Deco windows or door panels can be as bold and dramatic as you’d like, or contain just a touch of color and a hint of the Deco flavor. In fact, for residences, 90% of our installations consist of clear, colorless stained glass, but even with that choice you could still include an elegant Deco pattern.

Here are some of the Art Deco stained glass windows we’ve done for our clients over the years.

Whether you long for the classiness of Art Deco or any other type of stained glass, from traditional to modern, Scottish Stained Glass has the experience to create exactly what you want. All of our stained glass windows are custom made and hand built, using a combination of traditional craftsmanship and modern materials and technologies. Why not contact ustoday?

A Primer on Stained Glass Windows

Posted July 18th, 2012 by Martin Faith
Stained Glass Window

The term “stained glass” can refer to the colored glass itself or the finished products that are produced when talented craftsmen combine pieces of this colored glass together in beautiful, intricate patterns, all held together with strips of metal which is soldered at the joins. Stained glass can be installed in windows, doors, or uses as a free hanging panel. Because glass is transparent or translucent, stained glass can be best appreciated in a place where either artificial or natural light can stream through it, such as the beautiful church windows of ancient European cathedrals or the well-known and still popular Tiffany lamps.

Or installed in a modern entryway, bay window, or door panel.

Although we usually think of stained glass as vividly colored, here at Scottish Stained Glass around 90% of our installations actually consist of clear glass. We still refer to these panels as stained glass windows, although perhaps the more specific term would be “leaded glass.” Calcium is one of the ingredients of glass, but in traditional leaded glass, it is replaced with a type of lead, hence the name! These type of stained glass windows can use textured glass, patterned glass, opaque glass, etched glass or beveling to add interest without clashing with any décor or color scheme.

To further confuse you, there is also a type of stained glass wherein color is painted onto clear glass, then made permanent by firing it in a kiln! What ties all these different forms of stained glass together is their history, their beauty and their artistry. Whether colored or clear, it takes a skilled craftsman with great training, patience, precision and attention to detail, along with an artist’s eye, to make a stained glass masterpiece.

The Versatility & Endurance of Stained Glass Windows

Although glass is considered a fragile, easily destroyed substance, the art form of stained glass is enduring throughout the ages. As are many ancient yet well preserved specimens of this beautiful art form. Many European stained glass masterpieces have survived in situ, remaining more or less intact for all the world to admire since their construction in the Middle Ages. Pretty amazing, when you think about it!

Stained glass in all its forms remains a popular addition to modern homes, churches and commercial spaces, adding value, uniqueness and loveliness. In our twenty years in business, we’ve installed approximately 40,000 custom made stained glass windows for over 15,000 delighted clients across the country.

Once upon a time, a stained glass pattern started out as a sketch or a painting. Today, our custom stained glass windows might still come from a sketch, or a photo. But we use modern computer technology to perfect the pattern, ensuring that it is the exact right size and shape, that all the lines of the pattern match up, and so that the client can see exactly what they’ll be getting.

All stained glass window used to be pieced together by hand with the utmost artistry. Today, all of Scottish Stained Glass’s windows and doors are still custom designed and hand built. Our artists are specially trained and revere the history of this art… so you can be guaranteed that your modern stained glass windows will have the same care and attention to every detail as afforded by the masters of old.

Contact us today for a modern stained glass masterpiece, perfect for home, retail, offices or anywhere you want a touch of modern elegance with a touch of history attached.

Express Creativity in Your Home With Custom Stained Glass Panels

Posted July 13th, 2012 by Martin Faith

Creativity may be expressed in many ways, whether through writing, drawing, dancing or any of the myriad other forms of expression. When desiring that creative outlet to be showcased in your home, expressions can be limited to painting walls an exciting new color or switching out a kitchen faucet for a sleek designer piece. Previously creativity with windows seemed restricted to choosing between blinds or curtains, but there is a third opportunity far more beautiful and lasting that either of those previous options: stained glass panels. It is a decision that can enhance an interior room while simultaneously bringing a touch of sparkling elegance to your home’s exterior.

Think of stained glass panels as translucent paintings that you can compose or perhaps even a modern geometric room dividing screen to the outside. Stained glass windows are often associated with colored glass which in itself can be a very rewarding creative journey to design, however many people overlook the variety of textures that are available. In our designer’s treasure chest of glass samples anything from crystal clear prismatic bevels to intricate lacey frost patterns or rough rock textures to delicate raindrops frozen in glass can be considered for your custom stained glass panels. When the possibilities are fully considered the endless options can even be a bit overwhelming, but Scottish Stained Glass has experienced designers to guide you every step of the way through the design process to creating your perfect piece of stained glass.

While we feature many beautiful sample designs in our stained glass portfolio, we strive to make every customer an individual window by including touches of personalized customization. During a free in home consultation, our designers will hand draw a design for the specified window size influenced by the customer’s design suggestions. Want to fine tune your stained glass panels with the curling border from Sample 10, the sparkling diamonds from Sample 83 and a flowering bevel cluster from Sample 56? No problem – between our hundreds of stained glass window samples, there are design elements for every style and personality.

On the other hand, Scottish Stained Glass also welcomes entirely unique and customized designs for customers who simply need something that has never been done before. For some homeowners, they may have a perfect vision of the stained glass panels they have always wanted, yet felt they could never master the equivalent skill of Scottish Stained Glass’s artisans to build it with absolute perfection. Others may have a theme throughout a particular room or even entire house and a new stained glass panel addition would complete the overall picture. Our designers at Scottish Stained Glass were selected for their discerning knowledge of architectural and historical art styles as well as their ability to translate those influences into unique stained glass panels for your home.

Ready to unleash your creativity by customizing your home? Call or email Scottish Stained Glass to set up your free home consultation to have a skilled designer turn your visions into a reality.

Design Your Own Stained Glass Masterpiece with the help of Scottish Stained Glass

Posted July 12th, 2012 by Martin Faith
Stained Glass Masterpiece

Choosing a masterpiece of art to be the perfect accent to your home can be a daunting task. Do you go with an oil painting or would perhaps a graphic wall pattern would be the better option? Should you focus on a fashionable accent color or play it safe with neutrals? The endless media types and stylistic decisions can instigate a moment of hesitation with even the most seasoned home designers, so what is a homeowner to do? A stained glass masterpiece can be a great idea.

The concept of artistic home décor is most often associated with vertical wall applications, leaving a returning trend in home accents often overlooked: stained glass windows. Most every home features a neutral wall paint and hanging pictures and most windows are only clear panes of glass or add a touch of detail with a standard white mullion grid. Stained glass windows are perhaps the most versatile option with the many features they provide. It is an art piece that can be enjoyed privately inside while simultaneously being an accent piece to the front of your home for all your neighbors to view and perhaps even envy. A stained glass masterpiece can range in privacy levels from completely clear to a solid opaque with endless texture options in-between to provide the exact level of discretion the home owner desires. Then there are of course colors- the dozens of exquisite colors that provide soft colored light to any room in the house. All those options and we have only begun discussing glass choices when there are also lead colors, framing, and design styles.

In our free in-home consultations, your Scottish Stained Glass designer will be your guide through all of these options with their seasoned knowledge of window composition, complementary styles, proportions, and color combinations to create the perfect stained glass masterpiece for your home. Homeowners can be as involved in the design process as much or as little as they like. Your Scottish Stained Glass Designer can assess your home’s unique style and surprise you with a stained glass window design that pulls the entire room together. With a few simple questions to align them to the right direction, you will be amazed how quickly a Scottish Stained Glass Designer can draw a design for you to fall in love with.

Be the Designer for Your Own Stained Glass Masterpiece

Alternately there is a unique opportunity for homeowners that have a precise vision of their stained glass masterpiece. Perhaps you have always considered signing up for a stained glass window workshop to bring those dreams to life. Well what makes Scottish Stained Glass exceptional in their craft is the level of precision they bring to glass cutting. It takes many years of practice to be able to cut and assemble a stained glass window design perfectly, but with the required 5 years of training all our stained glass artisans must go through, we can promise that the design chosen in the free in-home consultation will be the exact design delivered to your home. So no need to bother with the cuts and scrapes that inevitably comes along with being a stained glass beginner builder. Why don’t you let Scottish Stained Glass handle the building that they are masters of their craft at? You really can design your own masterpiece and have Scottish Stained Glass build your one of a kind vision.

Landmark Tabernacle Church Gets Beautiful New Stained Glass

Posted June 7th, 2012 by Martin Faith
Chuch Stained Glass

We recently designed and built some beautiful stained glass for the Landmark Tabernacle Church in Denver, and we want to share this amazing process with you! Often churches are some of our biggest projects, and this one is no exception.

This task actually sprang out of a larger part of the church’s remodeling process; a huge stained glass wall behind their altar. This larger piece will cover the entire back wall of the sanctuary, around 280 square feet, and will be lit from behind.

For these smaller windows, our designers produced replacement windows that border the sanctuary area. Our team created four windows to go on either side of the stairways to the altar in this already beautiful church. As you can see from the pictures, these windows are full of vibrant colors that look fantastic in the sunlight.

Barb Timmons, one of our expert designers, spent a lot of time making sure that this piece was perfect. “We always knew that they wanted very bright colors, and an abstract design, so we worked from there,” she says.

The Landmark Tabernacle Church opened over 30 years ago, and they are in the process of a complete renovation. Our stained glass replaced a plastic, faux-stained glass window insert, and a refashion was definitely in order.

While this church as a whole has been a challenge from a design stand point, Barb says that the challenge has actually been her favorite part along the way. “Creating something so big and so unique is difficult, but rewarding. Everyone at the church is really happy with the new windows.”

Cathy Jones was the talented builder who put together the many pieces of this glasswork. She says this piece was particularly challenging because of its size; it took three people to flip the windows for work on the other side during production.

Each of these bordering stained glass windows has over a hundred different pieces of colored glass, each hand cut and then placed into the window. For such an intricate build, it’s important to take the time to ensure that each piece is the right size so that the window as a whole fits into the frame correctly. Since our windows are custom and built by hand, even large windows like these are constructed piece by piece. Cathy was up to the challenge.

“There wasn’t actually any breakage throughout the building process,” Cathy says, “just a lot of holding breath.” Because of the long, narrow pieces throughout this window, the building process was a particularly delicate one.

Cathy’s favorite part of this project was actually after her work was done; she had the chance to watch these windows being installed. “It was so cool. I usually just see the windows in the shop, but it’s so different to see the windows in their home, so to speak,” she says.

Barb, Cathy, and most importantly our clients, were extremely happy with this church addition. “Our clients are madly in love with the glass pieces, and that’s the most important part,” says Barb.

To see more of of the Church Stained Glass projects Scottish has completed, visit our Religious Stained Glass page or our Religious Stained Glass Gallery.

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