Details from Shanti Windows
Our most advanced project to date, using our “painting with glass” technique – inspired by
impressionist paintings with their emphasis on light and color.
The completion of Shanti windows.
Created in the style of the Impressionists – the spontaneous interplay of light and color.
Lao Tzu, Rama Krishna, Confucius, St. Francis, Buddha, Mary and Jesus, Sri Krishna, and a Scroll.
Pantry Door and Transom
One of our more unusual, contemporary windows. A playful interplay of line and color draws the eye into observing the detail.
Although it is difficult to see, the lines in the door overlap to give the feel of an iron gate. The sculptured branches in the transom give balance to this technique in the two windows – tying them together.
Moon Passing Over Dark Forest – Skylight
A truly challenging interplay of light and dark.
This is a recent commission to represent two Irish golf courses, one in Ireland, the other in New Kent County, Virginia.
By using our flameworking techniques, we wanted to give the effect of knife painting along with the play of light as expressed in impressionist painting.
I have never seen or heard of this process being used in stained glass before. It is certainly a milestone in my career.
Tree-Top Flameworked and Solder Sculpted Stained Glass
By attaching individual flameworked fall leaves to our striation-rich, solder sculpted stained glass, we created a “whirlwind” tree-top effect for a second story window.
Wisteria Flameworked Stained Glass
Whiplash designs are one of my favorites – so graceful with a life of their own.
The 3-dimensional effect of our flameworked petals gives the window a depth that I haven’t been able to achieve before.
White Lily Flameworked Stained Glass
This window is a combination of many of the techniques we have developed over the years. It is a reflection of the sharing of ideas and processes that are a part of our everyday life in our studio. I would like to thank artist Daniel White and craftsman Will White for their insight, contributions, and comradery. We would also like to thank the many forward-thinking clients that we are so fortunate to work with.
Sculpted Tree Top Skylight
I was so pleased with how realistic the solder-sculptured branches appear in this window. They also allowed us to support this horizontal window by embedding finishing nails into the branches instead of having to place reinforcing bars through our design. This was certainly one of my favorite projects.
By beveling certain areas of hand-blown, flashed glass, we were able to bring sparkle to our window as if the sun was hitting the early morning dew.
If you look closely, in the center, you can see the “Morning Moon.”
Winter Tree – Sculpted Stained Glass
This special window was for a home that wanted something truly unique. Using our sculpted soldering technique, we build the tree up to be three-dimensional, creating a bark texture, weaving branches in and out, and doing our best to capture a bare winter tree. The spectacular glass allowed us to capture the sparkle that a late sunset can create and helped bring this project to life.
Art Nouveau Stained Glass Tree
With the pileated woodpecker as our focal point, we designed a tree that is overgrown and untamed, giving us a three-dimensional effect. This creates interest in the large area around the woodpecker, along with the sunlight bringing the iridized glass to life, changing throughout the day, and picking up on the colors in the stone that surround it.
Contemporary Stained Glass Window
This window brings many of our studio’s finest skills together.
Each colored bevel couples hand-blown German glass with bevels hand-ground on our antique Henry Lang machinery. The sculpted branches, brilliant red leaves, and, accent bevels give the tree an illusion of movement. If you look closely, you can see three beveled sculptures along with their faceted counterparts.
The blown background glass is one of a kind and was selected for its movement and its wispy blue and gold veins to complement other points of interest in the room.
Painted Stained Glass Vine
This whimsical window was commissioned for a historic home in Crewe, Virginia.
Emerging from a hill, the briar vine weaves up and through the geometric window, giving this piece a light, airy feel. Painted on completely transparent German mouth-blown glass, this window allows the room to remain light while creating the perfect setting for an art glass window.
Sculpted Tree – Beveled Glass Window
A landing window in a contemporary home. Glass beveling, carving, and sculpturing were used to create a one-of-a-kind piece that elegantly plays off of the neighborhood behind it.
The movement of the sun reflecting off of the various bevels throughout the day gives the window a kinetic feeling.
Contemporary Tree – Palmyra, VA
An abstract design fit this opening perfectly as it interacted with the trees behind it. This is an excellent example of the power of color.
Whiplash – Transom
An example of the interplay of color to create movement. There are times when we leave details behind and a quick glance elevates an art piece, as we learned from the impressionists.
Contemporary Beveled Glass Door – Richmond, VA
This project was created as a collaboration between us and a local cabinet shop. I’m especially fond of the zinc lines in our glass complimenting the long “reed-like” motif in the wooden columns.
This project is an excellent study of shadow and reflective light.
Autumn Tree – Sculpted Stained Glass
A window we were commissioned to create for a home in Boston, Massachusetts.
This is our most advanced solder-sculpturing. I am still in awe of the movement and depth we were able to create in this design. The light airiness of the leaves – giving the feel of the last fall leaves that remain attached along with the painted chickadees – give this window a life that I have never seen in any other art glass window.
Flameworked Dogwood Transom
This window gave us the opportunity to focus on life-like detail. The subtle changes in the colors of the petals, balanced throughout, give a pleasing and natural look. The limbs, used sparingly, bring a sense of structure to a delicate environment.
The “Morning Moon” plays beautifully throughout the day and changes the character of the window into the evening.
Wild Honey Album Cover – The Beach Boys
It’s not often a client comes to our studio with an album cover in hand, requesting that we use the background from the Beach Boys, Wild Honey album as inspiration in creating a transom window for his listening room.
For us, it was a wonderful opportunity to be playful with color, our flameworking, and the push-pull effect of opaque and translucent glass in the same window.
Flameworked Fall Tree – Albuquerque, New Mexico
This window was commissioned to go over a kitchen sink. I personally like the interplay between the “structured lattice” and the free-form branches.
Capturing the movement of a tree losing its final leaves gives the window a sense of time in our lives.
Dogwood – Flameworked Stained Glass
A section from one of our windows that caught my attention for its realism.
The 4 Seasons of Kew Roses – Flameworked Stained Glass
Flowers have become such an integral part of the work in our studio. It is hard for us to express how challenging it is to start with a 1/4″ strip of stained glass, work it over a flame to create petals and leaves, and then adhere them to a background – attaching each piece in a natural way.
Contemporary Beveled Stained Glass Window
This window was commissioned by the Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington, Virginia, to compliment their new Celebration Hall. We created this art piece using Lamberts’ hand-blown glass from Germany, glass beveled on our 1915 machinery, and a unique style of custom metalwork.
The Celebration Hall was designed in the Frank Lloyd Wright style. Our design followed a similar path but was influenced by our aesthetics.
Lunar Cycle – Stained Glass
A window over the entryway of a contemporary home. Varying lavenders picked up on the colors from the stone fireplace. The center was embellished with thin translucent glass we created by our flameworking process to enhance the sun’s effect. Folding the yellow border around the window gave us an interesting alternative to a simple straight border.
Flameworked Flower Transoms
This window was an exploration of our own unique style, blending beautiful German reamy glass in the background and flame-sculpted leaves and blossoms to create a floral piece full of color and transparency. Each blossom and leaf is three-dimensional, created by hand over an open flame. The overall effect is a step closer to our goal, of realizing the translucency of nature in our glass art.
Beveled Stained Glass Vines
A pair of sidelights created for a couple who own a vineyard. Here we wanted to create the effect of ice on early morning grape vines in the “dead” of winter. Hand-beveling glass on our old machinery gave us the freedom to create steep, varying bevels. Sculpting the vines gave them a life-like appearance.
A panel for a pool table lamp depicting the fall leaves of a Dogwood tree.
Beveled Glue Chipped – Stained Glass
An example of two old glass working processes used in a contemporary way. Glue chipping and glass beveling were both developed around 1900. By beveling on our 1915 Henry Lang machinery and using animal glue, we are able to carry on these traditions in our studio.
Silvered Stained Glass Mirror
After hand beveling each piece of glass, we created an “antique” mirror effect by contaminating silver nitrate before silvering the backside of the glass. Then, we assembled with our sculpturing technique and applied a patina for a natural look. With sconces on each side, the light reflects on the bevels as one moves down the hallway.
Windows we created for a home in Highland, Maryland, depicting the four seasons.
This was an unusual exploratory project in which we visited several of our suppliers to select glass, each with its own warehouse full of crates of glass. Each crate contains the same color, but each sheet is different. My bias is toward the more translucent glass, which means only about 3 or 4 percent of the glass interests me.
It is disappointing that by the time photography meets the internet, so much of the brilliance in the glass is lost.