These wonderful windows were hidden under over a hundred years of filth, covered up so that no light was able to shine through them at all. Many of the more than thirty panels were in severe disrepair as well, bowing, with cracked glass and missing pieces, broken lead joints, and non-existent putty. While the hotel was being restored to welcome the Attorney General, we removed all of the windows and transported them to our studio where we completely restored them over many months. After the building renovation, the windows once again had light shining through them, and they brought the foyer alive. We were very honored to work on this project in tandem with Kjellstrom and Lee Construction, to help with the restoration of the historic Hotel Richmond.
The finished Hotel foyer with the windows.
A look from above.
The three windows before restoration.
A Contemporary panel we created for Winchester Medical Center’s Cardiac Wing. This panel combined our flameworking, sculpturing, and beveling techniques to create a simple yet elegant piece that compliments the aesthetics of the hospital unit. The apple blossoms on branches played to a local tradition, and set on the hand-blown reamy glass sparkled when the light hit the translucent petals.
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|This project was years in the making, and an honor to be a part of. We worked with the curators of the museum as well as with the family of Billy Ireland to design a window that reflected his artistry and informed the public of his brilliance. We felt a connection to Billy Ireland; as self taught artists we appreciated his creativity and liveliness. We custom designed the two windows, one for the reading room and one for the foyer of Sullivent Hall, and spent months painting the panels and custom fabricating the steel and bronze frames. This project is one of our finest achievements, and was a pleasure to be a part of.|
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|A European design for a traditional building. Using a light background hand blown glass from West Germany, with emerald green and beveled glass as accents, we gave this window a feel of “organized energy”.|
The 6th street Market window was created in one piece; a ten foot diameter stained glass window. To achieve this size, the reinforcing bars were a work of art unto themselves. We inserted beveled glass so the window would sparkle with the sun in the day and car lights at night. These windows are now owned by the Valentine Museum in Richmond, Virginia.
A twelve foot diameter skylight for a bank in North Carolina. With a concave bow we constructed this with a framework of T-bars and built the sections to fit like a drop ceiling. The trick is to bend the panels along the lead lines and brace with reinorcing bars to achieve and hold the curve.
Every window begins with ideas. The ideas are worked through on paper, usually staring small and then enlarged to scale and reworked. This is the original full scale sketch of the Tandem window above. Usually, we are half way through a project before we cut the first piece of glass.
This window was created for the art room of a private school, grades 5 through 12. With the tree as their symbol, we wanted the window to express the energy, creativity, and spontaneity of the students. The tree was created using rolled stained glass with varying textures to give the effect of light filtering through the leaves. The surrounding area was created by hand beveling flash glass (a layer of color on a clear base) from West Germany. When completed, we made around 15 glass leaves with our flame-working and attached them to the window as if they were blowing in the wind.
|We designed a mirror to go between the lighting fixtures using our “antique” mirror technique. With a thin line of emerald green reflective glass as an accent, we cut the mirror to the remaining design and placed the edges together so the light from the fixtures would travel along the edges as one moved around the room. This is commonly know as the “French Cut”.|
|Our client did not want the brash look of new mirrors, so by contaminating silver nitrate and rolling it around on a 2′ by 3′ sheet of glass, we created these “antique” mirrors. Cutting our sheets to size, we selected a place for each mirror around the room to achieve a balanced effect.|
A couple of leaded-glass windows that we restored and replaced at college campuses in Virginia.
“We first worked with Mr. Cain in 2017 on a state university project to restore leaded glass transoms. As general contractors, we were more than impressed with Mr. Cain’s updating and reporting during the process. In addition (and most importantly!), we and the university were extremely pleased with the results.
Mr. Cain’s artistic skill set was a key component in helping us to complete restoration of this historic building. In 2018, we did not hesitate to again turn to Mr. Cain for help with restoration work at another state university, again with excellent results. We look forward to future cooperation with Mr. Cain when the next opportunity arises.”
S. Todd Weinberg, Manager
Paisley Kerr Contracting