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    Although this title evokes "the ancient" and "the majestic" of stained glass windows that we see in cathedrals, the state of the art is a result of technical evolution and fundamentally of a progressive design thinking.

 

Leon Cathedral, Spain. 13th. and 15th. century

    In fact, the former craftsman used hot tips to practice scores on glass while we have modern resources from tungsten-carbide wheels to electric saws, grinders and other advanced devices. Also, the lead cames are now more precise, slimmer and stronger.

    A hundred years ago, contributions were made which extended the Art possibilities to the limits we hitherto know. That way Louis Comfort Tiffany developed his setting technique of Copper Foil.

    In other fields, metallurgy allowed us to enjoy the stylish bronze came and the zinc ones. This last with outstanding capabilities of resistance and shape variety. The Architect Frank Lloyd Wright brought the application of these zinc cames to its highest plastic expression.

    Furthermore, with the rebirth of the stained glass art, appeared special glass factories which enriched the color palette and textures to a point never seen before.

    With regard to design, the majestic stained glass in the Gothic cathedral windows, meant to create a beautiful mystic interior space and to isolate it from the exterior world, gave place to works full of exultant colors and rhythm, evoking peace as well as happiness. We would like to mention the works of Marc Chagall and Louis Comfort Tiffany.

Synagogue of the Hadassah-Hebrew University Medical Center.
Two among twelve windows representing the tribes of Israel. At right, Tribe of Benjamin; to the left, Tribe of Reuben.
Marc Chagall, 1962.

    At the same time, at the turn of the XIXth. and early XXth. centuries artists and architects started a new branch in design conception. In fact, these works of art began to be part of numerous private houses and public buildings. This changed the aesthetic and utilitarian criteria of stained glass. Transparency became desirable. The exterior and interior world were unified by the windows creating a new harmony were light and color, landscape and the warmth of rooms crossed through the glass panel, spreading to achieve a spatial perception. As this revolutionary change can be fathered to so many, we mention architect Frank Lloyd Wright because of his enthusiast contribution in this field.

J. J. Walser House, living room window. Frank Lloyd Wright, circa 1900.
Photography by Thomas A. Heinz in his book Frank Lloyd Wright Stained Glass Portfolio.

    Nowadays, modern computers and graphic design software enables digitizing free-hand creations made the traditional way, allowing a great approach to actual appearance of selected colors. As an example we show in the first place of our gallery a project carried out for a skylight where each piece was actually colored using scanned images of glass samples.

    Below this we display a gallery whose works were made following traditional stained glass techniques.

    Left click on the thumbnail will open an additional window showing the enlarged picture.

 

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Architectural art glass

 

Private house in the city of San Juan de Puerto Rico - Skylight, digitized project

Private house in the town of Fernández Oro - Entry door, transmitted and reflected light

Private house in the city of Neuquén - Window - Design inspired in the work of Frank Lloyd Wright

Private house in the city of Cipolletti - Windows

Private house in the city of Cipolletti - Windows

Private house in the city of  Neuquén - Glass cabineto

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Lamps

 

Gooseneck lamp

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Mirrors

 

Feline mirror, designed by Volkmann+Volkmann, Germany

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Small works

 

The Holly Family

Nativity

Announcing angel

Glass whirl, butterfly. Designed by Deborah Aubin, USA

Glass whirl, hummingbird. Designed by Deborah Aubin, USA

Glass whirl, three chickadees. Designed by Deborah Aubin, USA

Suncatcher, three geese. Design from Glass Patterns Quarterly magazine

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