Our Studio

The most surprising thing to most people is the preparation that goes into our projects. Sharing ideas, designing, making full scale layouts, finding materials…often we are half way through a project before we cut the first piece of glass. Most people relate only to the actual building of a window, not its creation. The walls of our studio are mostly windows with deep ledges, and often large sheets of glass are propped in these windows, the light streaming through, for our consideration. Minute differences in color or texture, almost indiscernible to the untrained eye, are considered as we choose which piece of glass to use. The glass might be left in place for days so we can see the subtle changes of the light at dawn or midday or dusk; on a sunny day or an overcast one.

We have patterned our business approach after European and colonial artist/craftsmen. Working on our property in the country, frees us from the high overhead of commercial real estate and provides us with the flexibility and solitude to work creatively. With no office staff and marketing people we are able to keep our overhead low and direct the funds we receive for commissions directly into the creation of our projects.

Our Studio

Cain Architectural Art Glass Studio Bremo Bluff Virginia

“We do not get to know people by their coming to us. We must go to them to find out […]

Sharing Ideas

Stained Glass Idea Sharing Cain Art Glass

People appreciate that their project is designed specifically for them and will never be reproduced.

Stained Glass Color Samples

Stained Glass Samples Arlington Virginia

When we find a company that makes stained glass, we order their samples and build a rack so we can […]

Stained Glass Color Interaction

Stained Glass Color Interaction Virginia

  How colors interact with each other is of great concern. On this very complicated project, we placed the cut […]

Stained Glass Color Selection

Stained Glass Color Selection Charlottesville Virginia

We buy our stained glass in sheets to give us a wide range of color to select from. It takes […]

Projects Evolve

Stained Glass Project Evolution Potomac MD

Projects evolve. Each day we see them a little differently, constantly trying to imporve what we have created. All of […]

Glass Cutting

Stained-Glass-Cutting-Washington-DC

We cut each piece of glass by hand. Sometimes we’ll use a diamond band saw for sharp inside cuts and […]

Surrounded By Light

Surrounded By Light Stained Glass Color Marching

Being surrounded by sunlight helps us to create windows that match thedirection of the light they will receive in their […]

Always Exploring

New Contemporary Stained Glass Techniques

  We are always looking for new ways to use glass. Painting, acid etching, carving, beveling, lamp working… combining the […]

Sculpting Solder

Solder Sculpting Vines Branches Trees Stained Glass

Sculpting solder with a 250 watt soldering iron. It is amazing how solder will follow the heat and what one […]

Drying Putty

Stained Glass Weather Proofing Wood Stove Curing

  A cozy way to spend the day. Putty drying by the coal stove, radios on; pushing putty around our […]

Putty

Stained Glass Weather Proofing

To make our windows weather resistant, we push putty under all the leads. This also gives the window much of […]

Glue Chipped Glass

Stained Glass Glue Chip Glass Making

As the glue dries, it grasps the frosted glass and peals it to achieve the chip effect. We always chip […]

Glue Chipping

Stained Glass Glue Chipping

Glue chipping is an old art glass process where one heats aminal glue in a double boiler and pours in […]

My Family

Stained Glass Family Business

All five of my step children worked in the studio as they were growing up. My father took me to […]

My Stepson

Cain White Art Glass Father-Son Team

My stepson, Daniel White, has worked with me since he was a teenager. Now at, 30, we work together as […]

Sandblasting

Stained Glass Etching Sandblasting

After transforming our design to a rubber stencil on the glass, we cut the design with an exacto knife. To […]

Metal Sculpting

Metal Sculpting Contemporary Stained Glass

Sculpting with metal in our windows gives us the ability to create life-like forms like tree and vine motifs, sometimes […]

Project Documentation

Project Documentation Beveled Glass Window

Documenting our projects as they develop for our archives and emailing updates to our clients.

Hand Beveling

Beveled Glass Henry-Lang Antique Machinery

  Hand beveling on our 1915 Henry Lang machinery. By holding the glass over rotating iron, stone, cork, and felt, […]

Stained Glass Painting – Wax Easel

Stained Glass Painting Matt Sticklight

By “waxing” the glass to an area of the studio where the light is the same as where the window […]

Glass Painting

Stained Glass Painting Matt

  Painting on glass is an art unto itself. This is Missy Scott, one of the most gifted people I […]

Tobacco Company – Richmond, Virginia

Tobacco Company Restaurant Stained Glass Richmond Virginia

  We created a wall 26′ x 9′ of cut mirror and black glass for a disco around 30 years […]