How Custom Stained Glass Can Benefit Your Kansas City Church

Posted February 1st, 2019 by Martin Faith

Kansas City churches tend to have strong community ties and close-knit congregations. Embodying these values and really promoting an even stronger church message can bring people together even more. Stained glass has always been a means of teaching important biblical messages and worshiping significant figures. Custom stained glass is the best way to continue this beautiful tradition that has lasted over the centuries while offering bountiful benefits that any church can really appreciate.

The Importance of Custom Stained Glass in Kansas City Churches

Custom stained glass can embody virtually anything you desire. From grand, cathedral-style painted glass to meaningful colored, geometric designs, custom stained glass provides endless creative opportunities for promoting what is important to your church. With family and community in mind, stained glass can lend unlimited inspiration that touches on everybody’s life who gets the chance to see it. When stained glass is well maintained, it can last for generations. Stained glass can offer historic value for your community, antique value for the church property, and sentimental value and tradition for congregation members. Custom stained glass also offers functionality for churches— block unwanted views into your church, providing the privacy needed for any great service. Stained glass blocks views while maintaining beautiful sunlight into your property.

Starting the Custom Stained Glass Process for Kansas City Churches

Churches usually put together a committee for starting the custom stained glass process. These committees are responsible for finding the right stained glass studio, brainstorming the designs, and determining a budget. It is so important to find the right stained glass studio– pricing shouldn’t vary much from company to company, it only varies with the intended design. Custom stained glass can require significant skill, making it even more important to choose an experienced contractor.

For more information regarding custom stained glass, please contact us!

Tips on How to Keep Your Dallas Church Stained Glass in Great Condition

Posted February 1st, 2019 by Martin Faith

Stained glass plays a major role in any church. Congregation members draw inspiration from these pieces of art during each service and start implementing them into their daily routines and family traditions. Stained glass can also have a significant impact in Dallas communities, providing great historic value. When properly maintained, stained glass can last for centuries. While stained glass will always need to undergo restoration every 75 years to 100 years, there are definitely things churches can do to keep their stained glass in great condition.

Regular Cleaning Tips for Dallas Church Stained Glass

Cleaning stained glass does require different cleaning methods than regular glass windows. It is important to never use anything abrasive when cleaning your stained glass– use a soft cloth for all regular cleanings. For the cleaning solution, it is important to never use anything acidic or with vinegar. Acidic cleaning agents will damage painted glass and accelerate the deterioration of the lead came, which supports the window. We recommend purchasing a neutral PH cleaner or mild soap and mixing it with distilled water to create a very gentle cleaner for your stained glass windows. Regular cleaning of protective glass panels, window frames, and any supports is vital in ensuring these integral parts remain in great condition as well.

Minor Repairs in Between Restorations for Your Dallas Church Stained Glass

Minor damage can happen at anytime. Whether vandalism or severe weather has impacted your stained glass, minor damage can always lead to bigger problems. The good news is that minor repairs can typically be completed without removing your stained glass windows. If you notice any minor damage and are interested in seeking repairs before more expensive restoration is required, we’re here to help!

For more information regarding proper stained glass maintenance and tips in your Dallas church, please contact us!

Signs that Your San Antonio Chapel Stained Glass is Ready for Restoration

Posted February 1st, 2019 by Martin Faith

San Antonio chapels definitely house some of the most gorgeous religious stained glass windows in Texas. With beautiful, antique stained glass that’s been enjoyed for multiple generations, these windows and panels are definitely cherished by their communities. Did you know that stained glass needs to be restored every 75 to 100 years in order to keep them intact? Often times, clergy or congregation members will begin to notice certain signs of deterioration but won’t be sure of what to do. Catching these signs and being proactive about restoration can save you thousands during the process.

Stained Glass Signs of Deterioration in San Antonio Chapels

If you notice any of these signs of deterioration, it is time to get your stained glass checked out! When it comes to the glass itself, if you see any cracks, missing pieces, warped shapes– concave or convex, discoloration, etc. starting the restoration process is vital. For the lead came, which is the framework supporting the individual glass pieces, if the lead is beginning to soften, deteriorate, mishapen, or cause white dust that appears on the window itself, these are other signifiers that your chapel stained glass is ready for restoration. There was a time period when stained glass studios thought plexiglass would be a great idea for adding a protective layer for stained glass. This has resulted in heat trapped between the stained glass and plexiglass causing yellowing and advanced deterioration.

Finding the Right Stained Glass Studio for Religious Restoration

When it comes to choosing a stained glass studio for restoration, it’s vital to find the right contractor that has experience, great references, and the technical skill. Choosing a cheap stained glass studio can really affect the results, leading to more costs down the line.

For more information regarding stained glass restoration for your San Antonio chapel, please contact us!

Benefits of Custom Stained Glass for Your Austin Church

Posted February 1st, 2019 by Martin Faith

Stained glass has played a large role in churches for centuries. Originally, stained glass was utilized as a tool for teaching the illiterate about the teachings of the Bible. Today, stained glass continues to play a significant role in churches, offering inspiration and meaningful symbolism for congregation members. Stained glass often becomes a highly treasured part of any church, providing unique perceptions of every service for each individual member. Custom stained glass offers numerous benefits for any Austin church.

Advantages of Custom Stained Glass for Austin Churches

Custom stained glass gives churches the perfect medium for conveying what’s important to them. By showcasing specific values, important figures, and inspiring quotes, stained glass can really improve the worshiping process while offering a significant piece of art for your community. When properly cared for, stained glass can last for centuries, allowing churches to really create longstanding works of art that are full of meaningful symbolism. Custom stained glass has a very large range for pricing– churches can create simple, geometric designs to stunning, cathedral-style painted glass. Stained glass can be treasured from generation to generation, becoming an important part of your community. Historical value is easily achieved with this medium, creating lasting inspiration and hope.

Design Process for Custom Stained Glass in Austin Churches

Scottish Stained Glass has been offering industry-leading custom stained glass services for over two decades. We’ve worked with countless churches in their stained glass efforts and have produced stunning results. We’re passionate about religious stained glass and its impact on the community. That’s why we offer free consultations to churches and houses of worship throughout the Austin area. Work with us to create the stained glass investment that’s true to your church. The design process is the funnest part!

For more information regarding custom stained glass for your Austin church, please contact us!

Address Privacy Concerns in Your Denver Home with Custom Stained Glass

Posted February 1st, 2019 by Martin Faith

Denver homes are definitely more susceptible to privacy concerns. With properties located within close proximity to each other, many homeowners experience privacy issues and trying to find a true solution that’s effective and has a nice aesthetic. While window coverings are effective in blocking unwanted views, they block out natural sunlight and can often appear tacky. Window coverings aren’t always applicable, especially in bathroom settings. Custom stained glass offers a wonderful way to improve privacy needs while also enhancing curb appeal.

Advantages of Custom Stained Glass for Denver Homes

Custom stained glass is the perfect addition to any home that’s struggling with privacy. Leaded glass offers a more contemporary look while really addressing privacy by obscuring all unwanted views from the outside in. For any room in your home that’s in direct view of noisy neighbors or people walking by, stained glass is a great option. Stained glass is also perfect for bathrooms and bedrooms– places that do require more seclusion. The wonderful thing about custom stained glass is that you can skip the window coverings and let that beautiful sunlight into your home. Your home can remain bright and welcoming without having the sacrifice privacy or aesthetics. For those seeking a more traditional look, privacy solutions can also be accomplished through colorful, textured glass.

Design Process for Custom Stained Glass in Your Denver Home

Scottish Stained Glass is the industry leader in custom stained glass, completing over 80,000 custom windows for clients across the nation. Work with one of our stained glass artisans to create your custom design. Whether you have some inspiration for starting points or you’re starting completely from scratch, we can help bring all of your ideas to fruition. We’ll work hard to make sure your design is perfect before manufacturing.

For more information regarding custom stained glass, contact us!

Does Your Kansas City Church Stained Glass Need Restoration? Find Out Here!

Posted January 29th, 2019 by Martin Faith

Stained Glass:  Durable But Needs Regular Restoration And Repair

Stained glass is actually an extremely durable material, made only better by the fact that it takes color through paints, pigments, and dye. This means it is a wonderful medium for adorning churches and giving it that coveted ethereal feel. Just because stained glass is durable, does not mean it never needs repair though. The fact is church stained glass windows should be repaired or restored every 80-100 years. If your church has stained glass and you wonder if it may soon need repair, read on to find out what surefire signs of disrepair to look for on your chapel’s stained glass and keep it looking lovely and intact for your congregation for decades to come.

Gaps In Your Church’s Stained Glass Window Showing Daylight

An obvious sign it is time to repair your Kansas City church stained glass are gaps of visible light through your window. This is when you can actually see through these holes outside. They can be small or large and you will find them between the glass and the leading or frame. The reason these gaps appear is because there is stretching of the lead and the issue with this is–the surrounding glass panels are no longer held securely in place. The possibility of a piece of glass falling out of the window is high and stained glass professional should be brought in to take a look.

Church Stained Glass That is Buckling, Bowing And Sagging

If the stained glass windows in your church are buckling, bowing, bulging or sagging, your windows are in bad repair and could collapse. This, of course, is a worst case scenario but any falling glass is bad glass and could harm a church member. This type of damage is not about the glass itself decaying but rather the wood frame, which has been expanding and contracting over time and is losing strength. In the long run, these rapid shifts in the frame take a big toll on the lead and cause it to lose strength too. This is an issue that needs to be repaired soon to immediately.

Chips And Cracks On The Stained Glass Of Your KC Church

The most frequent repair church stained glass windows need (and the least “dangerous”) are to chips and cracks in the glass. Not a fix that is pressing for safety reasons but because they affect the beauty and luster of your church’s stained glass. Keep in mind that cracks in glass are sometimes an indicator of “stress zones” in the glass from a failing frame. So, if you notice cracks getting bigger or increasingly popping up, contact a professional stained glass repair company like Scottish Stained Glass In Kansas.

 

Ways to Incorporate Stained Glass into Your Modern Kansas City Church Design

Posted January 26th, 2019 by Martin Faith

The way that churches are being designed today is drastically different from the past. Church designs used to focus on creating an ambiance of grandeur, and included ornate decor, artwork with religious figures, towering steeples, and high ceilings.

But today, churches realize that their worshipers are seeking a different experience. Modern church designs focus on creating a space for quiet contemplation, inner reflection, and peaceful meditation, which means they have become much more simple and minimalist.

Some would argue that stained glass is not as popular today in these modern Kansas City churches, but this simply is not true. Stained glass is a traditional part of religious design and many church groups feel strongly about preserving past history. Rather, many Kansas City churches are using stained glass in more modern and creative ways to draw in light, add calming colors, and open their church to the outdoors.

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Restore Your Kansas City Church’s Stained Glass to Continue Inspiring Your Congregation

Posted January 11th, 2019 by Martin Faith

Kansas City churches have some of the most gorgeous, historic stained glass pieces in the country. With rich historical context and highly inspirational imagery, these stained glass pieces are a real integral part of the worship process. Congregation members often associate these stained glass panels to personal perceptions of each service, guiding their spiritual process. Many of these stained glass pieces offer historic value for the community as well. Restoration offers a great way for you to maintain the antique value while ensuring future generations can enjoy these treasures as well.

Advantages of Stained Glass Restoration for Your Kansas City Church

Stained glass restoration is a comprehensive process that needs be completed about every 100 years in order to properly maintain your church’s stained glass. This in-depth process is comprised of decades of experience– from mimicking hand-painted glass techniques to finding the perfect replacement glass for damaged pieces, our stained glass artisans meticulously work on your stained glass windows to bring them back to their original condition. Stained glass restoration can be very significant for improving property value, maintaining antique value, as well as ensuring your congregation is able to keep their beloved pieces. Future generations will be able to appreciate the historic value and ties to their community when worshiping to the same stained glass their parents and grandparents did.

Stained Glass Restoration Assessment for Kansas City Churches

Scottish Stained Glass offers industry-leading stained glass restoration for churches all over the nation. Working with an experienced stained glass artisan makes all the difference in the outcome of your project. The restoration process should always begin with an on-site assessment of your stained glass– no stained glass studio should be able to give you estimates over the phone.

For more information regarding stained glass restoration for your Kansas City church, please contact us!

Featured Modern Leaded Glass Project: Altar’d State Boulder

Posted December 7th, 2018 by Martin Faith

Scottish Stained Glass is honored to have been chosen to manufacture and assemble the complete leaded glass storefront in addition to interior leaded glass features in Altar’d State’s newest location in Boulder. Altar’d State is a faith-based national retailer with over 100 boutiques throughout thirty states. Altar’d State is renowned for its branded unique fashion experience that’s illuminated through gorgeous, modern stained glass displays in many of their locations. With a powerful mission behind their retail experience, Altar’d State prioritizes giving back to the community through child sponsorships, team volunteer work, and charitable giving. Partnering with such an illustrious, philanthropic organization was a really special experience and we’re humbled to have contributed to their specialized shopping experience.

Contemporary Leaded Glass Features: Manufacturing and Assembly

Our team of stained glass artisans worked hard to complete the scope of this project within the strict timeline given. Once Altar’d State obtained their permits, we had exactly three weeks to complete the entire leaded glass project before the installation deadline. The project was comprised of a complete leaded glass storefront, a 12-foot privacy leaded glass interior feature, as well as an 8-foot leaded glass rotunda ceiling feature. All three components totaled 400 square feet of custom leaded stained glass. Since the storefront didn’t exist yet, we had to build all of the leaded glass features based on the given plans and dimensions.

One of the more technical aspects of this project was the curved leaded glass components. We had to calculate the exact radius of each curved leaded glass feature in order to make two proper molds for each piece. With such a limited time frame, we had no room for error. Each piece had to be created perfectly according to the given dimensions. Our 15-person team worked diligently and precisely and when it came it installation time, all leaded glass pieces fit perfectly.

Installation Process and Final Result of Our Contemporary Leaded Glass Project

Working alongside numerous other contractors and designers, we all simultaneously came together to create this incredible store from the ground up. While our team meticulously installed each piece of leaded glass, others were installing copper cladding and metal framing. As we pieced together the leaded storefront, designers were creating interior clothing displays and organizing inventory. The entire production worked seamlessly together to accomplish something that looked like it should’ve taken months.

The 12-foot leaded glass feature was installed directly in front of the dressing rooms to provide a beautiful focal point while also offering privacy. Altar’d State had customer-written prayer books turned into custom wallpaper that adorned the walls behind our leaded glass, providing a stunning contrast. On the other side of the 12-foot leaded glass feature, we installed the 8-foot leaded glass dome as a rotunda feature. With lighting incorporated into the center of the leaded glass dome, an almost angelic feel transcends the space.

Scottish Welcomes You to Visit Altar’d State Boulder

We are proud of this contemporary leaded glass project and welcome our clients to visit Altar’d State located in Boulder’s 29th Street Mall. It is truly a one-of-a-kind shopping experience complete with beautiful artistic features. If you have any questions regarding these leaded glass features or would like to discuss your upcoming stained glass project, please contact us!

Benefits of Antique Stained Glass Restoration for Fort Collins Historic Homes, Restaurants and Hotels

Posted December 7th, 2018 by Martin Faith
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There is great value and virtue in preserving antique art. Antiques and collectibles are our ties to the past, the history and culture of mankind. When we look at the skill that many artists had to employ at the time of creation, we are amazed to find that their intellect far proceeded their time. And in today’s world of mass manufacturing, such handcrafted works are truly a rarity. All of these principles can be applied to the preservation of Fort Collins’ antique stained glass.

Fort Collins is a town rich with history and culture, and there is no shortage of the presence of stained glass in its architecture. With just a quick stroll through Old Town, one can see that stained glass is an important defining characteristic of Fort Collins homes and buildings. Whether a part of restaurants, hotels, churches, or homes, these antique stained glass windows are a treasure not to be taken for granted. By investing in stained glass restoration, owners of antique stained glass can preserve their beautiful artwork and the historic nature of their property.

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What You Need To Know Before Your Colorado Springs Church Begins Its Antique Stained Glass Restoration Process

Posted November 17th, 2018 by Martin Faith
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Many religious groups consider their stained glass an important part of their church. If a church is very old, the stained glass has likely been a part of the church for a long time and therefore has memories and sentimental value attached to it. Even stained glass windows that are newer or more modern may still be meaningful to a church due to their aesthetic value. Seeing the way that the sun floods in through the stained glass and sends beautiful colors and dancing rays of light across the floor and interior is almost a spiritual experience in itself. That’s why when stained glass windows begin to suffer due to age and deterioration, many churches opt for stained glass restoration.

At this point in time, many churches in the Colorado Springs area are due for stained glass restoration. Colorado Springs was founded in 1871 and therefore many of its churches and structures are well over a hundred years old. If stained glass has been around for over a century, it is likely due for some cleaning and minor repairs. With stained glass restoration, your Colorado Springs church can enjoy your beautiful stained glass windows for another hundred years.

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Benefits of Antique Stained Glass Restoration for Dallas Historic Homes, Restaurants and Hotels

Posted November 17th, 2018 by Martin Faith
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Stained and leaded glass can be found in homes, churches, and establishments all across the country. In Dallas, stained glass can be found in historic areas like Munger Place, Oak Cliff, Preston Hollow, and Kessler Park. Today, many of these neighborhoods are over a century old and many stained glass windows in Dallas are nearing the point where they are now considered antiques.

For stained glass owners, there are considerable advantages from preserving antique pieces. Not only can antique stained glass significantly raise the resale value of a property, but it also provides privacy, creates an ambiance of elegance and refinement, and adds light and color to a room. However, in order for stained glass to stay in optimal condition, it usually needs to be cleaned and restored at least once in its lifetime. In this article, we’ll discuss the how and why behind antique stained glass restoration for Dallas property owners.

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How to get started with your Fort Worth home’s antique stained glass restoration project

Posted November 17th, 2018 by Martin Faith

Preparation: The Key To A Smooth Stained Glass Restoration

So you have decided to get the stained glass in your Fort Worth home restored. Good for you! You will be astonished at the life and luster that comes with stained glass restoration. Now that the decision is made, next will come the work and, like any job involving renovations and/or a contractor coming into your home, there are some things you can do to prepare your Fort Worth home. Below we have outlined a few suggestions for your preparations based on questions we get and advice we give to our customers.

How To Prepare For A Stained Glass Restoration

Should I stay in the house or leave?

We hear this question frequently and for something like home stained glass restoration, the answer is almost always–go ahead and stay. For the most part, stained glass restoration involves cleaning and scrapping. In the cases when more in-depth repair work needs to be done, most times we will be doing it off-sight in our studio.

Clear The Area Around Your Stained Glass Window

Since stained glass is breakable (although, no more so than normal glass) you will want the area to be completely clear so your stained glass restoration specialist can maneuver as easy as possible. Also Clear all ledges, shelves and in particularly, stairs.

Protect Your Furnishings And Keep Kids And Pets Away

Make sure you take a good look at the surrounding furnishings and fixtures near the stained glass window and cover anything you cannot move. Although most of the cleaners used to restore your stained glass are non-toxic– things like water stains are possible if things aren’t covered. Also, make sure to keep kids and pets away from the work area. Things like ladders, buckets, dirty rags, and even loose glass are all typical worksite items that could be dangerous for children and animals–even adults too!

Most importantly, if you have any question on stained glass restoration and/or crews, make sure to ask. At Scottish we are happy to answer any questions before, during and even after we restore your Fort Worth home’s stained glass. Contact us today for more information on stained glass restoration!

What You Need To Know Before Your San Antonio Church Begins Its Antique Stained Glass Restoration Process

Posted November 16th, 2018 by Martin Faith
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San Antonio is home to some of the oldest and most beautiful church stained glass windows in Texas. Few churches can compete with the stunning beauty of The Basilica of the Little Flower and its beautiful stained glass windows. The San Fernando Cathedral also boasts a breathtaking exterior, fashioned in the Roman Gothic style of architecture, and is made complete with a gorgeous rose window and ornate stained glass.

Stained glass windows are valuable to a church and its congregation for many reasons. In some cases, if the glass is particularly old and considered an antique, it can draw the attention of tourists and individuals looking for a special place to host weddings, baptisms, and other ceremonies. Individuals who regularly attend mass may feel that their spiritual experience is heightened by the beauty of the church’s stained glass windows and feel personally connected to them.

For these reasons, it’s important that churches take great care to preserve their antique stained glass. This includes attending to issues of deterioration when they arise. For San Antonio churches, stained glass restoration can greatly extend the lifetime of a stained glass window so that it can be enjoyed by future generations.

In this article, we’ll cover the details of what San Antonio churches need to know before beginning an antique stained glass restoration project.

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To Keep Or Replace: A Closer Look At The Value of Stained Glass in Austin Historic Homes

Posted November 16th, 2018 by Martin Faith
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Stained glass windows can add considerable character and charm to a home. In Austin, stained glass is a very common feature in historic homes located in neighborhoods like Old Enfield, North University, Clarksville, Hyde Park, and Travis Heights.

Whether you’re the owner of a home with stained glass or are thinking about moving into a historic home with stained glass, you may have questions about whether or not your stained glass is worth keeping. Aesthetics aside, one factor that you may want to take into consideration when deciding whether to keep or replace your stained glass is value. Austin homes with stained glass that is old enough to be antique could be very valuable. However, the condition of the piece should also be taken into consideration.

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Keep the Character of Your Denver Victorian Home Intact By Restoring Stained Glass

Posted November 16th, 2018 by Martin Faith
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Victorian homes in historic areas of Denver like Wash Park, Capitol Hill, and Park Hill are the stuff that dreams are made of. Wide wrap around porches, decorative railings, and a tall, narrow frame give a Victorian home a striking look that simply cannot be compared to modern styles of architecture.

Preserving the defining characters and stylistic elements of a Victorian home is usually important to most owners. While maintenance does need to be conducted in order to keep a home safe and energy efficient, most homeowners take great care to ensure that their renovations do not alter the overall character and appearance of their historic home.

This includes preserving all stained glass windows. Stained glass windows are extremely common in Victorian homes in Denver. However, stained glass does require restoration from time to time. Restoration not only helps to preserve the beautiful appearance of stained glass, but it also preserves its structural integrity and provides a way to quickly remedy damage or deterioration that has occurred.

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A Brief Guide on How to Interpret Church Stained Glass Biblical Messages

Posted November 7th, 2018 by Martin Faith
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You have likely seen stained glass windows in churches many times over your life. Perhaps you’re a part of a church that has stained glass windows. But have you ever stopped to think about what they mean or symbolize?

In this article we discuss church stained glass common symbols, messages, and colors used in the stained glass windows and what they mean.
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Where to Find Beautiful Church Stained Glass Windows in Kansas

Posted November 6th, 2018 by Martin Faith
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Kansas has a strong religious community that spans all faiths, with a wide range of churches known for their remarkable stained glass. Below, we’ve detailed where Kansas church members can see breathtaking stained glass creations in houses of worship across the state.

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Exploring the History and Purpose of Church Stained Glass

Posted November 6th, 2018 by Martin Faith
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The history of church stained glass goes back over 1,000 years, with stained glass art captivating our spirits and enlivening faith inside of our houses of worship. More than the beautiful artistic vision it provides, stained glass adds value to your house of worship through its spiritual message.

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From Dallas to Barcelona: Stained Glass Masterpieces Around the World

Posted November 6th, 2018 by Martin Faith
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Near and far, gorgeous examples of stained glass masterpieces exist in stunning settings, ranging from houses of worship and stately historic homes to ritzy hotels and artsy contemporary buildings. Below, we’ve outlined globally renowned stained glass artwork, as well as how you can achieve similarly breathtaking aesthetics in your own building, home, or church.

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Learning How To Interpret Church Stained Glass Biblical Messages

Posted November 5th, 2018 by Martin Faith
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Within your church, stained glass may be seen as an ornament, beautifying your house of worship in a way that reflects faith. However, church stained glass is more significant than artistic decoration. Depending on the design, colors, and imagery used, you’ll find wonderful biblical messages within the stained glass in your house of worship.

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Exploring Modern Examples of Stained Glass Around the World

Posted November 1st, 2018 by Martin Faith

What Is Modern Stained Glass?

There are many ways stained glass can be styled, and artisans are getting more creative now than ever. Stained glass is an ancient art, with some of the oldest pieces being featured in Catholic churches, Victorian mansions, and palaces of Europe. Modern artists are combining the best features of traditional stained glass with a new twist to create delightful new pieces that could never before be imagined.

There are more ways to imagine stained glass for your Kansas City home, business, or church so it stands out whether it is located in River Market or Brookside. Take a look at some of these examples of modern stained glass from the New York Times and My Modern Met to inspire your next property update.

Modern Stained Glass for a Musem

The Netherlands Institute for Sound and Vision is a bold example of modern stained glass. Brightly colored stained glass covers almost the entirety of this example modern architecture, making it a hard-to-miss focal point in the city of Hilversum, in the Netherlands. In this behemoth work of stained glass, Dutch architects Willem Jan Neutelings and Michiel Riedijk critique of advertising and marketing, and reaffirm art for art’s sake.

Graphic Design Inspired Stained Glass

UK-based artist Flora Jamieson creates modern stained glass pieces inspired by graphic design, nature, organic forms, and geometry. She fuses her tastes which are more contemporary with the traditional art of stained glass to create colorful and cheery art like this one of birds and animals on a tree. Her favorite part of the stained glass crafting process is “selecting just the right tones and shades so that they sing out next to each other.”

See his Instagram here.

Modern Stained Glass in a Cathedral

These unique stained glass panels were created in 2009 by the late German artist Sigmar Polke for the Grossmünster Cathedral in Zürich. Unlike traditional stained glass, these decorative windows were created using thin slices of agate mosaics creating a colorful composition resembling geode crystals.

Scottish Stained Glass for Modern Stained Glass in Kansas City

Scottish Stained Glass is your go-to solution for stained glass not only Kansas City but the whole state of Kansas. We create custom stained glass works for residential, commercial, and religious properties. Scottish Stained Glass artisans have created over 10,000 custom pieces in a variety of styles from traditional stained glass to modern or contemporary stained glass. Contact us today if you have any questions or would like consultations for what might be the best fit for your building and tastes.

Why Stained Glass Lovers Should Add Sainte Chapelle To Their Paris Bucket List

Posted October 30th, 2018 by Martin Faith

Stained Glass For True Stained Glass Lovers

Included in the culture of Denver is an admiration of beauty and a unique appreciation for history paired with a compelling sense of wanderlust. A trip to Sainte Chapelle, located in the center of the Île de la Cité in Paris, may seem a sidestep just several minutes walk from Notre Dame. However, the unparalleled examples of the church stained glass housed in its upper chapel will mesmerize with the marriage of High-gothic architecture and the scintillating beauty of light-play. Tucked into the grounds of the Palais de Justice, and a short distance from the famed French flower markets, Sainte Chapelle houses the unique and awesome beauty of 13th-century stained glass commissioned by Louis IX. The religious traveler will no doubt be richly rewarded with a visit to one of the locations that solidified France as a hub for Christian pilgrimage. A French holiday for those piqued by history or art appreciation would not be complete without the gemstone light-filled chapel in Sainte Chapelle either. This is a must visit location for the sunshine-loving Coloradan.

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Stained Glass In Colorado

A perfect way to memorialize your trip of a lifetime would be to bring the unique beauty of Paris back to Denver. Building upon hundreds of years of technique, and perfecting their proficiency with more than 20 years of experience in religious, commercial and home stained glass design Scottish Stained Glass are masters of design, installation and restoration. The beautiful Rocky Mountain light streaming through a unique piece of stained glass can set your Colorado home apart. With the convenience of locations in Denver, Fort Collins and Colorado Springs which service the Front Range and beyond, bring beautiful old-world art into your distinctive home. For a personalized collaboration to bring the beauty of Sainte Chapelle, or a more contemporary or prairie-style glass piece to your bright Colorado home. Contact the master artisans at Scottish Stained Glass today!

From London to Iran: Stained Glass Masterpieces Around the World

Posted October 29th, 2018 by Martin Faith

Amazing Stained Glass World Wide

Whether you are a stained glass expert or just someone who enjoys the beauty and splendor of this unique art form, there are a few stained glass masterpieces around the world that shouldn’t be missed. If you have the ability to travel to any of these destinations, you won’t regret it, for the awe-inspiring beauty of stained glass windows awaits.

Who had the idea to paint in glass? No one knows for sure, but the process of coloring glass can be dated back to ancient Egypt. It wasn’t until the Middle Ages that stained glass developed as a major art form. Thankfully stained glass windows are durable, and thousands remain in tact for us to enjoy today, from London to Iran.

In London, be sure to check out Kings College Chapel, which is the chapel at King’s College in the University of Cambridge. The chapel is considered one of the best examples of late Perpendicular Gothic English architecture. The more than a dozen large stained glass windows were completed in the early 1500s by Flemish artisans and are some of the grandest in the world.

The Nasir al-Mulk Mosque is a 19th-century place of worship in Shiraz, Iran, that is a splendid example of Islamic architecture. Also known as the Pink Mosque, due to the prolific use of pink tiles in its interior design, Nasir al-Mulk features many colorful stained glass windows. If you are ever in Iran, be sure to add this mosque to your itinerary.

Scottish Stained Glass for Your Stained Glass Window Needs

In Fort Worth, Texas, we have many stained glass windows that add to the historic beauty of our city. For all your stained glass window needs, make sure to call Scottish Stained Glass. We are the Fort Worth stained glass window experts and have been designing, restoring, and repairing stained glass windows for years. Our passion for stained glass windows spans across the country and encompasses residential, religious, and commercial applications. We look forward to hearing from you.

 

Best Stained Glass Churches: The Ultimate Bucket List for Stained Glass Lovers

Posted October 29th, 2018 by Martin Faith

Beautiful Stained Glass Churches

Stained glass windows in churches all over the world have been capturing our attention for centuries. If you are a true stained glass lover, you are probably aware of the following churches that are renowned for their stained glass masterpieces. However, if you haven’t been to the following churches and cathedrals, start making your travel plans now.

Here are three of the best churches for stained glass that should be on every stained glass lover’s bucket list!

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Brown Memorial Park Avenue Presbyterian Church in Baltimore, Maryland, is a large, Gothic Revival-style church built in 1870. The church features 11 Tiffany windows, in addition to several others. One of the famed stained glass windows created by Louis Comfort Tiffany is The Annunciation to the Shepherds. Tiffany used methods that had never been used before, like blending colors while the glass was still molten, producing a milky or opalescent effect. These stained glass windows must be seen in person to be truly appreciated.

 

There are many beautiful churches and cathedrals in Paris, but the Sainte-Chapelle, on Paris’s central Ile de la Cité, is a must-see for stained glass lovers. Sainte-Chapelle houses 15 tall stained glass windows which depict tales from the Old and New Testaments of the Bible. For the patrons of the Middle Ages, this was their only method of learning the Holy Scriptures.

Augsburg Cathedral is another church that should be on every stained glass lover’s bucket list. This Romanesque Church in Augsburg, Germany, in the heart of Bavaria, boasts stained glass portraits of Moses, Daniel and other Biblical figures that have withstood the test of time.

Church Stained Glass Design and Restoration In San Antonio

Church stained glass can be seen all over the world, and even in our city of San Antonio. At Scottish Stained Glass, we can take care of all your San Antonio stained glass needs. San Antonio is a vibrant city rich in art, history and culture and, as much as the architecture unique to San Antonio, the church stained glass is part of the city. Scottish Stained Glass has been restoring church stained glass in San Antonio for years, as well as helping San Antonio homeowners create one-of-a-kind stained glass masterpieces in their homes. Contact us to help you with your church stained glass.

 

Texas Churches That Stained Glass Enthusiasts will Love

Posted October 24th, 2018 by Martin Faith
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Texas is home to some of the oldest and most beautiful churches in the country. Architectural styles have been influenced by southern culture, Roman Gothic styles of architecture, Art Deco styles, and famous architects such as O’Neil Ford and Nicholas Clayton.

Many of Texas churches, both old and modern, are home to stunning stained glass windows. Colorful and luminous, stained glass windows are often viewed as the soul of a church, opening up its inner walls to the heavens and the sky. For centuries, stained glass has held its prominence in religious settings and Texas churches are no exception, especially since some of the oldest churches are hundreds of years old.

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The Ultimate Bucket List for Stained Glass Lovers

Posted October 24th, 2018 by Martin Faith
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There are very few things in this world that exceed the beauty of stained glass windows. Brilliant, dazzling, and intricately detailed, stained glass windows have an enchanting beauty and are reminiscent of a time long ago. The way they hold and capture light makes them resemble the precious multi-faceted gems in fine jewelry, instantly drawing one’s attention and holding it steadfast long after.

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Symbolism Behind Stained Glass Color in Churches

Posted October 19th, 2018 by Martin Faith

The Beautiful Art Form Of Stained Glass In Churches

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

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The Deep Meaning In The Colors Of Stained Glass

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

The Meaning Of Stained Glass Colors On Stained Glass

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

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

A Brief History Of Stained Glass In the US

Posted October 16th, 2018 by Martin Faith

Stained Glass in America

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

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

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

Innovations In Church And Home Stained Glass In The US

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

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

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

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

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

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

Exploring the History and Purpose of Church Stained Glass

Posted October 13th, 2018 by Martin Faith
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Today, stained glass is a common architectural feature that can be found in various types of buildings throughout Salt Lake City. In hotels and restaurants, stained glass is often used to create interesting light fixtures or lampshade covers. And in homes in Salt Lake City, stained glass is used to provide privacy. However, the place where stained glass appears in the highest prevalence is churches and religious architecture.

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

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