Stained Glass Design & Styles -
By Martin Faith
Did you know that in addition to making custom stained glass windows, our company also makes leaded glass for Fort Worth homes? Leaded glass windows are slightly different than traditional stained glass because they use clear, colorless glass. This makes them slightly more versatile and easier to integrate into existing décor. Furthermore, if you prefer a more modern aesthetic, you may appreciate the look of leaded glass. Below, we’ve shared some ideas for incorporating leaded glass into your home. Read more…
Fort Worth has Dalle stained glass and if you are like us–you probably love it. If you haven’t seen it before– it is a type of stained glass made with cement or epoxy joints rather than lead caming. This makes it wonderful because it allows for large, bold stained glass artworks both indoors and out. Another interesting about Dalle stained glass is that it is a more recent stained glass style. Because of this, its origins have been well-recorded. And how this style spread across the world in only a few decades is amazing
Where Dalle Stained Glass Was First Made
The very first Dalle faceted windows were made in France just after World War I. An obscured artist collaborated with a french glass shop to come up with these cement and stained glass panels as a commission. Soon after, it was seen in French architect Auguste Perret’s work. He used it to make faceted glass concrete walls in the Notre-Dame du Raincy church in a Paris suburb. It wasn’t long after that French artists began using faceted glass in their architectural projects. Many of which were churches.
Jean Gaudin is given credit for the complete development of this technique. He started with 1.25” thick poured then shaped by breaking with a hammer or cutting with a saw. The edges would often end up chipped which increased the faceted effects. These large stained glass pieces were then laid in a geometric design in a framed bed of sand. Sand and cement or epoxy resin were then poured between the glass pieces forming a frame. When it dried and clean it resulted in thicker, studier glass works of art with deep color and effects. However, it wasn’t until the1950s and 1960s that this glass really came into popular use.
Dalle de Verre Stained Glass In the 1950s and 60s
Dalle de Verre spread went first to the UK and was brought there by a man named Pierre Fourmaintraux. He subsequently trained Dom Charles Norris in the new technique, a Dominican Friar who went on to become one of the biggest proponents of this type of work. Today his works can be seen incorporated into several Modernist Catholic churches. Although early Dalle US installations were made at the beginning of the century, the Cathedral of St. Joseph where Jean Barillet created 26 windows that were each 67 feet high and 13 1/2 feet wide was made around 1959. These windows arguably started the Dalle de Verre stained glass period in the US.
Unfortunately, this type of stained glass fell out of vogue 1970s. This was in part because of changing tastes of the time but also because the glass was sometimes subject to structural problems over time. The size, weight and the hard to remove cement matrix posed challenges to restoration.
Here at Fort Worth Stained Glass or any of our nationwide locations we can work on and restore your Dalle stained glass to preserve a piece of history. Contact us today for more information.
You may not realize it but all stained glass windows are not created the same. In fact, there are copious techniques and styles, just within the one genre of stained glass. And, each technique used to create the stained glass for your Fort Worth home or church depends on which ones the artist you go to favors. But, most stained glass studios, like Fort Worth Stained Glass, are familiar with multiple techniques, so if you have a particular style you love they should be able to accommodate. Just be sure to take in photos or email them links to the looks you love so the artist can visualize the inspiration. Here at Fort Worth Stained Glass in Fort Worth, we have over 25 years of experience creating and recreating stained glass of nearly every style and most techniques. This means we can create exactly the stained glass piece you have in mind. Read below are just a few of our favorite ways to create the masterpieces we have a reputation for.
5 Incredible Stained Glass Techniques
- Bevels Stained Glass: A very popular style of stained glass because of the abundance of rich prismatic natural light these windows let in. It is the bevels of angled glass on every side that make the lovely refractions. These levels are created by grinding and polished on the topside edges of clear glass.
- Opalescent Stained Glass: First created by John Lafarge in 1879, opalescent glass was most notably used and perfected by the Tiffany stained glass studio. This glass is milky in appearance and involves two colors swirled together. Since no two pieces of glass are the same, this type of glass technique makes for one-of-a-kind creations.
- Leaded Stained Glass: This is one of the most traditional stained glass styles. Leaded glass makes up most of the finest and well known stained glass pieces of all time. It is called “leaded’ because the glass pieces are separated/connected by a line of lead caming.
- Color-Blocked Stained Glass: Color-blocked stained glass is a fantastic minimalist approach to stained glass design. Artists in this style use blocks of color to create lovely patterns with bold and bright hues. Color-blocked designs are beautiful and also very versatile since they can appear modern or vintage.
- Painted Stained Glass: This type of glass is lovely because it creates such depth on glass. It is also very durable because the shading color is painted on to glass pieces and then fired in a kiln. Once these artfully shaded pieces come together on a stained glass piece great detail can be achieved including human faces, animals, flora and more.
If any of these types of stained glass styles/techniques are something you would like for your Fort Worth home or church, contact us at Fort Worth Stained Glass to get more info. We would be happy to work with you on a stained glass masterpiece all your own! Also, we do repairs and restorations too!
By Martin Faith
If your church committee is thinking about making some renovations to your church, one option that you should consider is adding contemporary stained glass windows. Contemporary stained glass windows provide Fort Worth churches with a way to create a modern, contemporary look while also continuing a timeless tradition.
Many churches are known for their stained glass windows. In fact, stained glass has helped shape the identity of numerous churches and held their place in history. By adding stained glass to your church, you can create a lasting legacy.
We all know about the beautiful stained glass windows in Notre Dame, Sainte-Chappelle, and the Chartres Cathedral. But did you know that stained glass has actually been used in residential architecture for decades? Famous architects like the Greene Brothers and Frank Lloyd Wright almost always included stained glass windows in their design plans for their bungalow and craftsman style homes.
In Fort Worth, stained glass continues to play a prominent role in the city’s neighborhoods and architectural landscape. From prairie style windows to ornate art deco creations, the types of stained glass vary in Fort Worth and depend largely on the look of homes and buildings in the surrounding areas. Beautiful antique stained glass windows can be seen in the aged properties in Arlington Heights and TCU-West Cliff and contemporary styles of stained glass have made their way into the windows of homes in Frisco and University Park.
Frank Lloyd Wright is well-known for his architectural ingeniousness, but many might not be aware of the innovative window designs he used in his modernist domestic designs. Particularly, Wright used stained glass windows with earth tones and geometric patterns, known as prairie style stained glass. In Fort Worth, Frank Lloyd Wright inspired stained glass perfectly complements Fort Worth residences with elements of the Western and Midwestern modernism that Wright’s designs were renowned for.
Charles Rennie Mackintosh: His Work And Inspiration
Most people have heard of the Mackintosh style even if they haven’t studied any sort of art history or design. This style was named after Charles Rennie Mackintosh and is characterized by his signature minimalistic style. He was a prolific designer, artist, architect and furniture builder who attended the Glasgow School, through his life and work he became one of the most influential figures in stained glass art of his time and even in present day. Among his many accolades, he had a succinct style of furniture that set him apart from other designers of his day and a still popular signature stained glass style, which includes the Mackintosh rose.
Mackintosh Style Stained Glass
No one can say for sure where Mackintosh’s style came from but we do know that the 1890s were a decade of great learning and artistic expansion for him. Around this time he traveled to Italy and decided to continue his design education. While his style is very different than Italian works of the time, his attention to color and romantic Italian themes, like floral patterns in his work, show the impact this trip had on his work. However, one would characterize his work as that of progressively modern for his time and even still today. He was an incredibly influential designer and some people call him the founder of the popular Art Nouveau still we see on buildings and in art today.
The Mackintosh Rose In Stained Glass
The most commonly known and often imitated motifs by Charles Rennie Mackintosh are his signature roses. They are minimal but not less beautiful for it. Their wonderful natural curves and rich textures set them apart from other floral designs, as well as his use of bold colors against clear glass. They are definitely one of the world’s most gorgeous and recognized stained glass motifs and a picture of doing more with less.
Watch the video below for more on Charles Rennie Mackintosh:
Mackintosh Style Stained Glass For Your Fort Worth Home
While no studio today can claim to live up to Mackintosh’s signature style, we at Stained Glass Fort Worth, offer marvelous stained glass windows in the style of Charles Mackintosh which are on par with his original designs. Our work will leave you with a sense of vintage nostalgia, and will truly bring his style of work to life in your home. Mackintosh’s designs are easy as relevant today as they were at the turn of the 20th century and beyond and will look amazing on any home old or new.
Contact us today to learn more about Mackintosh style glass to beautify your Fort Worth home.
Custom Stained Glass Family Crests For Your Fort Worth Home
When it comes to stained glass there are so many more styles than people realize outside of the traditional church style designs. There are even more styles than the popular home floral or geometric designs people are familiar with for homes too. Not only are there a myriad of types of stained glass window designs out there–stained glass is incredibly customizable too–so you can have a design all your own. Read more…
Prairie style stained glass has been popular for decades. It’s geometric shapes and warm earth colors draw the eye in. It’s no wonder that prairie style stained glass is popular in many Fort Worth neighborhoods, including Fairmount, Mira Vista, and the Southside. Many homes in downtown neighborhoods of Fort Worth also feature prairie glass.
By Martin Faith
According to the Dallas Business Journal, Fort Worth is forecasted to be the second largest housing market in the US in 2018. For Worth residents agree that it’s a great time to add some equity to their home, increase curb appeal, and take advantage of the current state of Fort Worth’s real estate market. Are you looking for some small, unique home renovations that are a great ROI? Have you considered installing stained glass but aren’t sure of placement? Here are our five favorite places to install stained glass in any Fort Worth home; we hope these unique ideas will inspire you!