The Antique Art of Stained Glass

After contacting HillHouse Studio, our artists will visit clients at their site to discuss the project and take down the necessary technical information, such as window size, extant light, building architectural style, interior decor, ambiance and, most importantly, the needs and expectations of those who use the building.

With all pertinent information at hand, a detailed design is prepared and submitted.

When the design has been accepted, a full-sized working drawing, or "cartoon" of the window is made, indicating the design for the glass painting.

From the full-sized cartoon a second drawing is made which indicates the "cut-line" for the glass. Appropriate glass colors are then marked.

All glass used in the project is cut separately, according to the guides on the cut-line.

Using silica-based pigments, details of flesh, ornamentation, drapery and so forth are brush painted on each appropriate glass piece.

The painted glass is then fired at a temperature of 1,250 degrees, resulting in the pigment fusing with and becoming a permanent feature of the glass.

Finally, the window is fabricated by arranging the glass in the leads.

The completed window is made structurally sound by a process which forces a compound between the lead and glass, which is then allowed to cure.

When the window is thoroughly cured and cleaned to a glowing sparkle, it is carefully transported to the site and professionally installed.