Sacred Stained Glass

Grace Episcopal Church – Bremo Bluff, VA

This window was created using our 1915 Henry Lang machinery. 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 thicknesses 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”.

Stained Glass Rose Window Sacred Heart of Jesus St. Thomas Aquinas Charlottesville Virginia ©Cain Art Glass 2016, All Rights Reserved

St. Thomas Aquinas Priory – Charlottesville, VA

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 wouldn’t suit their new home.

St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church – Charlottesville, VA

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 blowed 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.

Unitarian Universalist Church of Arlington – Arlington, VA

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 metalwork,  this stunning window brings the room to life with its richness.

Grace Episcopal Church – Bremo Bluff, VA

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.

Painted Stained Glass Madonna – Bremo Bluff, VA

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.

Amelia Presbyterian Church – Amelia Courthouse, VA

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 give movement to the windows as one walks through the sanctuary. This was my first complete church project, over 30 years ago.

Forest Grove Christian Church – Goochland, VA

One of 12 windows depicting the life of Christ.

Stained Glass Angel Window ©Cain Art Glass 2016, All Rights Reserved

St. Johns Episcopal Church – Columbia, VA

This 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, VA

A beautiful Gothic church built in 1886 resisted stained glass all of those years, feeling it was inappropriate for it’s 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.

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; a nice combination for a boy’s 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, VA

Working with the stained glass committee, we were given symbols that were important 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.