about stained glass

About Stained Glass… Throughout its thousand plus-year history, the term has been applied almost exclusively to the windows of churches.

Stained glass is glass that has been colored by adding metallic minerals during the manufacturing process. The sheets of colored glass are then crafted by a stained glass artisan into stained glass windows. Small pieces of glass are arranged to form patterns or pictures, held together (traditionally) by strips of lead and supported by a rigid frame. Painted details and yellow stain are often used to enhance the design.

The term “painted stained glass” refers to  windows in which additional colors have been painted onto the glass and then permanently fused to the glass in a kiln (furnace).  The primary purpose of adding paint to glass is to create visual detail on the glass as is found in narrative type scenes and/or intricately adorned borders. Stained glass requires artistic skill to design and produce.

A window must fit snugly into the space for which it is made, must resist wind and rain, and also, especially in the larger windows, must support its own weight. Many large windows have withstood the test of time and remained substantially intact since the late Middle Ages. In Western Europe they constitute the major form of pictorial art to have survived.

The purpose of a stained glass window is not to allow those within a building to see the world outside or even primarily to admit light but rather to control it. The design of a window may be abstract or figurative; may incorporate narratives drawn from the Bible, history, or literature; may represent saints or patrons, or religious symbols.

Lynchburg Stained Glass crafts religious stained glass windows using time proven traditional methods.  Our stained glass is not machine made… Our stained glass is handcrafted by skilled artisans… it is a labor of love by those of us who make it our life’s work…

It is a work of art.