June 11, 2009


In this day and age the term "stained glass" is widely used to refer to both colored glass and painted glass. In truth, the term stained glass refers to only the types of glass one sees in churches such as the detailed figures and landscapes. These are painted on colored and/or plain glass and decorated and embellished by the artists. The Tiffany style of stained glass employs colored glass pieces which are then arranged in a pattern and assembled either by the copper foil method or leaded method. This art form is called glass art. The magical windows in many churchs across the world has a breathtaking and very esoteric effect on many. The ability artists had/have to paint the golden locks of an angel or the details of a piece of fruit are astounding. We can only guess at where the origins of glass art started. Some speculate that it started as far back as Egypt. There are other locations such as Rome, Greece and Byzantium, Pompeii and Herculaneum that have evidence of the use of glass art also. Regardless of where this art form started, we are blessed not to have lost this art form within the hussle and bussle of this modern world. It is a time consuming art form that requires patience, skill, and lots of practice. It is, however, well worth the effort for not only the artist who creates, but the owners of the art for years to come.



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