Our studio prides itself in investing in ourselves, in working and perfecting our craft over time. Here, Wayne inspects a bevel he is working on for a custom beveled glass window soon to go into a home outside of Richmond, Virginia. Over 30 years ago, Wayne taught himself to bevel on glass, without the aid of YouTube or Google, and researched all he could find on beveling glass at the Library of Congress in DC. After taking what he could from the books, he worked for years practicing until he mastered the craft. Now, our studio is one of few left in the country to do custom hand bevels on antique machines, using low speeds to give our bevels the same warm glow you see in 200 year old windows up and down the east coast. Our polishing stones, from Newcastle, England, helps us distinguish our bevels from those done on industrial diamond equipment, which in turn makes our windows sparkle.
This detail from one of the two rose windows we created for the new St. Thomas Aquinas Priory in Charlottesville, VA, is of the Dove, representing the Holy Spirit. The diapering on the hand-blown blue German glass, done in the classic style of painting on glass, is meant to be imperfect, to remember a time when stained glass art was imperfect. These imperfections are what makes the window have it’s unique character, why oil paintings are much better than photocopies.
These blossoms, hand-worked over a flame to achieve their translucency and character, were commissioned by Winchester Medical Center for their new Cardiac Unit. This panel, the first in a series, used mainly pink blossoms and darker leaves. The floating petals, as seen on the top right, give the panel the illusion of motion, as if the tree is succumbing to a brisk breeze. The sculpted branches and completely one-of-a-kind design, make this panel appear alive.