Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington
Arlington, Virginia

Stained Glass Unitarian Universalist Chalice Contemporary Window ©Cain Art Glass 2016, All Rights Reserved

Contemporary Art Glass Window Arlington Virginia Unitarian Universalist ©Cain Art Glass 2016, All Rights Reserved

This window was commissioned by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington Virginia to compliment the new Celebration Hall they had built. With beautiful German glass, hand-ground accent bevels, and beautiful custom metal work,  this stunning window brings the room to life with its richness.

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Stained Glass Painting Restoration
Haymarket, VA

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This was a private restoration for a couple in the Washington DC area. They had a beautiful painted glass window they had brought back from England, but it had a few broken and missing pieces. We carefully matched the color of the glass, as well as the painting techniques to achieve a perfect match. You’d have to look very carefully to distinguish our work from the original.

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St. Johns Lutheran Church
Emporia, Virginia

Stained Glass Mirror Cross St Johns Lutheran Church Emporia Virginia ©Cain Art Glass 2016, All Rights Reserved St Johns Lutheran Church Emporia Virginia ©Cain Art Glass 2016, All Rights Reserved

We were approached by the congregation to enhance the visual impact of a wooden cross behind the altar in their sanctuary. Without lights behind the cross, we developed an idea to use colored mirrors to use the available light above and in front of the cross to make the sunburst design sparkle as you moved throughout the sanctuary.

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Tabernacle Baptist Church
Petersburg, Virginia

Tabernacle Baptist Church Stained Glass Transom ©Cain Art Glass 2016, All Rights Reserved

After this historic Baptist church in Petersburg was vandalized, we were tasked to replicate the century-old window for this historic church. When a window is so badly damaged, it is sometimes best to create an all new duplicate. We matched the glass, and made a charcoal rubbing of the original, and then started the recreation. After a great deal of hard work, the finished piece brings the entryway back to life.

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Monterey United Methodist Church
Monterey, VA

St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church
Charlottesville, Va

Our Lady of Perpetual Help ©Cain Art Glass 2016, All Rights Reserved

We were given this Icon by the stained glass committee to reproduce for their new chapel. One does not change an icon. We created the highlights for this window by acid etching european flash glass that is blow clean and dipped into a colored glass. The background was stippled onto a golden piece of glass to look like parchment. Glass jewels were used in the crown surrounded by small pieces of beveled glass for highlights. The faces and hands we delicately painted over a period of four firings in the kilns.

St. Thomas Aquinas Priory
Charlottesville, Virginia

Stained Glass Rose Window Sacred Heart of Jesus

One of our most spectacular projects, a pair of Rose Windows custom designed and created for the new St. Thomas Aquinas Priory in Charlottesville, Virginia. The Dominican Friars that live at the Priory will pray in the chapel where these windows live five times a day. Each individual symbol is placed to instruct the faithful, as well as inspire prayer, which hearkens back to the purpose of stained glass back in ancient times. Each individual painted piece was fired multiple times, and painted using antique processes and techniques. The Dominicans are an old order, and new-style windows wound’t suit their new home.

Stained Glass Rose Window Charlottesville Virginia ©Cain Art Glass 2016, All Rights Reserved

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Painted Stained Glass Madonna
Bremo Bluff, VA

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Much of what we have learned has come from our study of historic windows. We were particularly drawn to this section of the 14th century Eaton Bishop church in Herefordshire, England because it represented a turning point in religious art. The Virgin no longer seems stiff as in earlier windows, and is depicted with a supple, s-shaped form and lively, facial expressions.

We created this window to learn from the artists and craftsmen of this period. Using the finest handblown glass from Europe for color and glass painting for the subtleties of line, this window represents some of our finest work.

The Eaton Bishop study (shown left) is on display in our studio and is used in presentations to church committees considering stained glass for their places of worship.

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Grace Episcopal Church
Bremo Bluff, VA

St. Francis Stained Glass Window ©Cain Art Glass 2016, All Rights Reserved

A memorial window for one of the members. Our challenge here was the face of St. Francis. To achieve his sweet, gaunt face took many experiments and seven firings to achieve. A wild rabbit was a part of the deceased’s daily life.

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Amelia Presbyterian Church
Amelia, Virginia

Amelia Presbyterian Stained Glass Sanctuary Windows ©Cain Art Glass 2016, All Rights Reserved

This photograph shows a third of the windows in this sanctuary. By using a hand blown translucent glass from West Germany, we were able to blend the trees and bushes on the exterior into our concept. The striations in the glass gives movement to the windows as one walks through the sanctuary. This was my first complete church project, over 30 years ago.

Amelia Presbyterian Stained Glass Windows ©Cain Art Glass 2016, All Rights Reserved

 

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A view of the exterior of the church.

 

St. John’s Episcopal Church
Columbia, Virginia

Stained Glass Angel Tiffany Style ©Cain Art Glass 2016, All Rights ReservedThis window was created in memorial to the minister’s life work at St. John’s Episcopal Church in Columbia, Virginia. I was in charge of installing the window over the back door of the small country church during the service and then taking a back row seat in the sanctuary. When the service was over, one of the members approached the minister and announced the church had a special birthday gift for him. As the doors opened to reveal the “Guardian Angel” over the entrance doors, I don’t think I have ever seen so many tears, smiles, and joy expressed. One of the most moving experiences of my career

Fork Union Presbyterian Church
Fork Union, Virginia

Presbyterian Church Leaded Glass Windows ©Cain Art Glass 2016, All Rights Reserved

A beautiful Gothic church built in 1886 resisted stained glass all of those years, feeling it was inappropriate for its all white color scheme. We started this project by asking if we could place some sheets of glass in their windows. By “living” with stained glass they began to appreciate the warmth and beauty it contributed to their worship area. Soon there were three donors for memorial windows, each with a desired symbol, scripture, and memorial plaque for their loved one.

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Grace Episcopal Church
Bremo Bluff, VA

Episcopal Church Beveled Glass Window ©Cain Art Glass 2016, All Rights ReservedThis window was created using our 1915 Henry Lang machinerey. We glue chipped 1/4″ glass for the background first, always making at least three times as much as we need so we could select for the effect we wanted. Here we were searching for a natural frost look to contrast the border. By hand beveling various thincknesses of glass over rotating iron, stone, cork, and felt we were able to bring the beveled edges to life with many small facets. The opening for this window was an interior wall, so to bring our art piece to life we hung a chandelier behind it. The light from the many small bulbs reflecting off the bevels is stunning as one moves around the sanctuary. As one member called it, “Our Spiritual Window”.

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Faith in Christ Community Church – Orange, VA

Simplicity can create a very powerful, emotional environment by allowing us to focus on what is important to us. Symbols spark our thoughts and feelings into interpretations that are meaningful to our lives. Color heightens our senses and emotions.

Elk Hill Farm School Chapel – Goochland, VA

The changing of the seasons surrounded by royal colors gives this stained glass window a balance of casualness and formality; nice combination for a boys school. We cut holes in the window about the size of a quarter and inserted chandelier parts so when the sun moves, rays of light travel around the chapel.

St. Peter Baptist Church – Glen Allen, Virginia

Working with the stained glass committee, we were given symbols that were importnat to the congregation. Many of the symbols were from children’s educational materials and literature collected over the years. It was our job to use our expertise and skill to interpret these symbols in art glass.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

A wispy, iridescent white glass was chosen for the background for it’s ethereal quality. The symbols at the top were executed in stained glass, while some of the images were enhanced by painting. Beveled glass was used in the circles to add sparkle and light as if the symbols were an opening in our background of wispy white. We chose the scrolls because we felt they gave a historical look to the scriptures. The lion and lily are just two of the many symbols we created specifically for St. Peter Baptist Church

Buckingham Baptist Church – Buckingham, VA

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This is a rather simple window in design with two significantly important components. The crown of thorns is three dimensional using our solder sculpting method, and the lettering on the bible is beautifully rendered as it follows the curve of the page. The green background was chosen to coordinate with the lighting fixtures and the gold to match the tassels on the American Flag.

 

St. Thomas Aquinas Church – Charlottesville, VA

Along with the icon, the stained glass committee wanted thirteen contemporary stained glass windows interpreting the paintings of one of their parishioners, Mary Atkinson. Here we chose to use an adhesive to bond the stained glass to a sheet of tempered glass, removing the need for lead lines and giving us a “painted canvas” effect.