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Stained Glass Kitchen Windows – A Feasible Option

Art Deco-Stained Glass Panel

Art Deco-Stained Glass Panel

When exploring kitchen window styles, take into account that stained glass kitchen windows add an extraordinary and artistic flare to your kitchen.  Individual pieces of colored glass is joined together with solder and can be created in any size or design.  Stained glass can be formed to fit any kitchen window shape.

Having stained glass installed in the kitchen can provide a great design opportunity.  It not only looks stunning, it can also provide the privacy if desired while letting in daylight. Furthermore, in a beautiful sunny day, the color scheme of the kitchen will be enhanced by the natural colors created by stained glass.

Stained glass can be customized to fit your current window frame, or a hanging panel can be created.  Cabinet door inserts are always a winning choice.  I have one customer that changes her cabinet inserts with the seasons.   Hot designs right now include Art Deco, Art Nouveau, Frank Lloyd Wright, anything geometrical and other classic motifs. Floral and specialty bevels are also popular patterns used for stained glass.

One of the more functionally desirable locations for stained glass would be the windows located above the kitchen sink which may overlook an undesirable view or a neighboring house. Adding stained glass will allow natural light while blocking an unattractive view.

Stained glass sun catchers offer options for a smaller budget which add warmth and color to any kitchen window. Commissioning a custom piece for an upscale look  is easier than you might think.  It doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg.  Simple patterns can be less costly to produce and will provide a beautiful elegance.  We provide our customers with a full color scaled drawing of your chosen design.  Other design elements can be added or removed quite easily.  We work with our clients until the design is exactly what they envision.

If custom is for you, contact us for a quote.  We specialize in kitchen window design, as well as other rooms by incorporating art-glass for a personalized, custom-made product. Adding stained glass to your kitchen will reflect your style and increase the value of your kitchen.

Visit our site directly to see more kitchen possibilities:  AGlassMenagerie.net/cabinets.html

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Creative Ways of Using Stained Glass

stained glass window - tree sunset

Sunset Tree Silhouette

When you think of stained glass, what do you see? We usually picture churches, cathedrals and temples with large art glass windows depicting images of religious significance. We probably imagine that warm colored light that shines through on Sundays as we sit in the pews. Stained glass is an art form that has been around for centuries; the main use being windows. However, stained glass is an art that spans much farther and wider than just windows in houses of worship. Stained glass can enhance the beauty of a home, or even a business, in windows, hanging panels, transoms, cabinet doors, stepping stones and many more architectural and interior designs.

 

Stained glass Ivy window panel

Stained glass Ivy Arched window

WINDOW PANELS

Stained glass windows are a great way to bring out the uniqueness and personality of your home. The glass itself varies in many colors, textures, and styles that will allow you a great amount of creativity in design. When the windows catch the sun, they bring out warmth and beauty making the room come alive.  Having stained glass windows is akin to having fine paintings on the walls of your home. The artistry and liveliness that shine through is unparalleled.

STEPPING STONES

Mosaic style designs used for outdoor stepping stones are an excellent way to instantly turn your patio, garden, backyard or any outdoor seating place into a gorgeous retreat. A theme can be created, giving homage to your favorite flowers, animals, country or to your family.  Stained glass stepping stones incorporate lively colors and pattern to your outdoor relaxation or recreation area.

SUNCATCHERS

Suncatchers are like floating works of art that can be placed anywhere. Hanging in a sunroom is an excellent choice to bring out the colors in the design. They can be hung in windows, on porches, placed on a mantle or a bookcase. Suncatchers are an excellent way to bring the beauty and creativity of stained glass into your home without spending a lot of money, and they make the best gifts or stocking stuffers.
These are just a few of the ideas that encompass all that is the art of stained glass. So when you think of stained glass now, you can picture your home enhanced with the color, light, beauty and artistry that it can bring in a variety of ways.

To see our styles of stained glass visit us at:  AGlassMenagerie.net

Stained Glass Colors and Textures Dazzle

Rainbow Tree of Life stained glass panel

Rainbow Tree of Life

The many dazzling colors and textures of stained glass never fails to amaze anyone.  There are over 2,000 colors and textures of stained glass made.  Some colors are combined by swirling the molten glass of two or more colors.  Watching the glass being made is truly awe inspiring.  I had the pleasure of touring both the Bullseye and Uroboros glass manufacturing facilities a number of years ago.  Seeing stained glass made on TV isn’t the same as seeing it done in person.  Huge glowing balls of molten glass were pulled out of these giant ovens.  The rooms were stifling hot. These hot molten balls of glass are placed on a special table that contained rollers.  The glass is then passed thru the various rollers to flatten it out into a long sheet.  Some of the rollers contain a pattern to imprint the texture onto the glass.  Another way of obtaining the texture is varying the speed of the rolling table so the glass will appear to have waves.  I could envision coming up with my own color combinations and would give it a try if given the chance despite the heat.

As a glass artist I have purchased samples from most all glass manufacturers.  The glass samples are meant to give the stained glass artist a general idea of the color and texture.  Please keep in mind that every sheet of glass is unique and therefore the images you see should only be used as a guideline.  Also, computer settings such as the gamma setting on your monitor and the amount of display colors on your video card may alter the colors of the images on your screen.

If you are aiming to have a stained glass window made then the artist wants to hear not only colors but what shade of colors.  For instance when a client states she wants “blue” I need to know what shade of blue.  There are hundreds of blues made by every manufacturer.  The better  color description you give will result in a better color selection for your project.  Even color combinations can be requested such as a blue and green textured glass.   There are so many combinations available even the artist can’t possibly know them all.  We have to search for just the right glass for you.   You just need to be specific.

Visit our site to see our colorful stained glass window and mosaic stepping stones at:  A Glass Menagerie.  We are located in Savannah, GA and ship throughout the US.

Ways of Using Stained Glass

When you think of stained glass, what do you see? We usually picture churches, cathedrals and temples with large art glass windows depicting images of religious significance. We probably imagine that warm colored light that shines through on Sundays as we sit in the pews. Stained glass is an art form that has been around for centuries; the main use being windows. However, stained glass is an art that spans much farther and wider than just windows in houses of worship. Stained glass can enhance the beauty of a home, or even a business, in windows, hanging panels, transoms, cabinet doors, stepping stones and many more architectural and interior designs.

stained glass window - Yellow Lotus

Lotus Panel

WINDOW PANELS

Stained glass windows are a great way to bring out the uniqueness and personality of your home. The glass itself varies in many colors, textures, and styles that will allow you a great amount of creativity in design. When the windows catch the sun, they bring out warmth and beauty making the room come alive.  Having stained glass windows is akin to having fine paintings on the walls of your home. The artistry and liveliness that shine through is unparalleled.

STEPPING STONES

Mosaic style designs used for outdoor stepping stones are an excellent way to instantly turn your patio, garden, backyard or any outdoor seating place into a gorgeous retreat. A theme can be created, giving homage to your favorite flowers, animals, country or to your family.  Stained glass stepping stones incorporate lively colors and pattern to your outdoor relaxation or recreation area.

SUNCATCHERS

Suncatchers are like floating works of art that can be placed anywhere. Hanging in a sunroom is an excellent choice to bring out the colors in the design. They can be hung in windows, on porches, placed on a mantle or a bookcase. Suncatchers are an excellent way to bring the beauty and creativity of stained glass into your home without spending a lot of money, and they make the best gifts or stocking stuffers.
These are just a few of the ideas that encompass all that is the art of stained glass. So when you think of stained glass now, you can picture your home enhanced with the color, light, beauty and artistry that it can bring in a variety of ways.

To see our styles of stained glass visit us at:  AGlassMenagerie.net

 

Stained Glass – A Forever Gift

Every year, almost everyone has to buy a present for that special person on their list that seems impossible to buy for…..you know……the one that already has everything!  With Christmas upon us you say to yourself; what shall I buy?

Consider one of our many stained glass gift  items. We offer a wide selection of stained glass stepping stones for you garden. Perhaps, you could start a collection of stones, each with a different family members name or grandchild’s name added to personalize their outdoor space or walkway to their favorite outdoor sitting area.

Another great idea are our pet portraits. All we need are a few good pictures of their beloved cat or dog and you can give the hard to buy for person on your list a gift that will delight them for years! If this isn’t in your budget, consider one of our clocks, suncatchers, or book-ends .These look absolutely amazing on a bookshelves or side tables.  Also, you can select from one of many style panels including traditional, contemporary, southwestern or  art deco/nouveau to suit their particular decor. Or perhaps, they already have some sort of collection and you want to add something great to it. Our custom designed stained glass pieces are sure to please!

Another fantastic option for an extra special gift would be custom stained glass windows inserted into cabinet door fronts. I made one for my mother-in-law for the small cabinet over her stove and years later, almost every time I talk to her she tells me how amazed her friends are when they see it. It became to focal point in her kitchen and now she has coordinated all of her linens and dinnerware to match it. So men, listen up! Give the special lady in your life a gift that truly keeps on giving……something shell never forget and something that will remind her of you each and every time she looks at it.

Butterfly lady with stained glass wings
Butterfly lady with stained glass wings

mermaid stained glass window
Stained glass Mermaid window

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Reinvented Southwestern Style Kitchen

Southwest stained glass cabinet panel

Southwest stained glass cabinet panel

One of my recent customers has decided to reinvent her kitchen to a southwestern style and wanted to include one of my Southwestern style cabinet inserts.  She had chosen her color scheme of  chili pepper red, blue and green.  She had already purchased some televera handles for the cupboard doors.  The handles were framed in blue which would add spots of color through out the kitchen.  After looking through our stained glass designs she chose a wonderful style from our stained glass panel section that would really make the whole kitchen pop.  I had to add elements of design to accommodate the length she needed.  Additionally she chose some light fixtures that were also glass.  I matched the glass to these.

Although I envy the idea of a new kitchen I can also empathize with the strains and struggles of trying to get things done on time.   Has anyone ever gotten any kind of construction work done on time?  That is just a fallacy is it not?  She waited as we all do.   The kitchen was gutted and she was working with a crock pot and microwave in the sunroom.  Kind of a hassle, but I think it is worth it for a brand new kitchen.

The tile floors go in one week and the cabinets the following week.   After a few minor setbacks, everything is moving forward (appliances and lights installed).  The backsplash tile came in the wrong color, so the contractor had to get the right tile shipped overnight.  Whew. Glad it wasn’t me.

I fabricated the window and shipped it.  The client was very pleased.  Below is an excerpt from her Email to me:

“The panel arrived yesterday afternoon and it is beautiful! The colors are perfect. We absolutely love it. It matches the lights so well that I’m sure people will think they came as a set. Your workmanship is impeccable. Terry is already thinking about other projects.
I don’t remember if I told you that the woman at the kitchen design center asked me for your website, which I did pass on to her.
Thanks so much for your excellent work (I wish I had such talent!).”

Here is her finished kitchen!  Gorgeous!

southwest kitchen

Southwest Kitchen

Tragedy Inspired Art

pink tulips in vase stained glass window

Pink tulips in vase

After watching the terrible events unfold for the last couple of days  beginning at the Boston Marathon and  ending with the eventual capture of the suspect holed-out in the hull of a boat I was struck by how intertwined all our lives are.  Each and every one of us are connected in some form or fashion whether we like it or not.  I will not venture further into that line of thought however since this piece is supposed to be about art glass.

I recently viewed a request from a lady who wanted a custom pink & white urn made to keep the ashes of her 13 yr old daughter who had recently died.  Pink was her daughter’s favorite color and she wanted it in the shape of a heart.  I was so moved and inspired by her story I felt absolutely compelled to design a piece of stained glass with this theme in mind.

The resulting stained glass design is a vase of pink tulips.  To me the vase with the heart symbolizes the unity and foundation of family.  It is the structure that ties families together.  Each flower in the vase represents different branches of the family while  each flower symbolizes one single family.   Each petal in that flower symbolizes each individual in that family.  Some flowers will have 3-4 petals (family members) while others will have 5-6 petals (family members).  In my design you will see a single petal that has fallen.  This represents the lost daughter.

I honestly can’t say for sure where all this came from inside me.  I felt, compelled, if you will, to do something even though I am quite busy and really didn’t have time for it.  Perhaps because of the emotions that were traveling throughout the country I was emotionally inspired to create.  The story moved me and so now this stained glass design exists because of it.

Stained Glass Makes Fabulous Wedding Gifts

stained glass bride and groom

Honeymooners

Ideas for unique Wedding gifts – Stained Glass Stepping Stones or Art Glass Panels

Stained glass is a gift to be treasured for newlyweds.  Consider the couples own style when looking for an appropriate piece.  If the couple has a particular color scheme in a room or elsewhere in the home, choose a piece to compliment it.  For instance if they are utilizing red in their kitchen then consider buying a stained glass panel with a pop of red to tie it into the space.  
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For unique wedding or special anniversary gifts like no other, consider having your favorite photo made into a stained glass stepping stone or stained glass art window panel.  We are making a piece like this for a customer presently and it is one of the greatest ideas we think we have ever seen.  The couple selected a picture from their wedding  and they are posed facing each other noses touching  This will make a fantastic keepsake that will last a lifetime.  Imagine seeing a personalized piece like this backlit over a fireplace!
A stained glass panel is a perfect wedding gift.  Price points are dictated by the size and complexity of design, which translates to a very wide range of options.  A piece with neutral tones can be place anywhere in the home.  However, should you have a certain room in mind then feel free to choose accordingly.
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One idea is to commission an artisan to create an original piece of stained glass for the couple.  You could for instance commission a window for the couple’s home.  If this is out of your budget range consider doing a group gift.
Another idea is to purchase a wedding gift certificate for a stained glass panel.  This would allow the couple to choose their colors and design to fit their new home.  We are offering a new type of special wedding registry this year. Brides/families/friends can request an account to be set up for the couple.  Anyone who wishes to contribute to the Wedding Pot can request his/her name to be put on the list along with the amount they wish to contribute.  The certificate will be listed with all the names of the givers and presented to the couple on their wedding day.
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 For more info contact Pam Hansen:  glassm2@yahoo.com or visit our site for ideas at A Glass Menagerie.

Designing Stained Glass Windows

Stained glass windows ……They sparkle and shine when the sun is out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is a light from within.  Glass is such a beautiful medium and at A Glass Menagerie we are working to push the boundaries of stained glass as far as they will glow.  The designs can be free-flowing, moving and everyday new ideas are being developed.  I often dream of designs, waking with only fleeting images left in my head.  They are sometimes hard to reproduce from such a split second of time in memory.  No matter how hard I try to remember the details of that design I am left high and dry by my own mind’s eye.  If only I could take a screen shot of my mind I could store it for later use.

The design of a stained glass window may be non-figurative (eg: flowers) or figurative (people); may incorporate stories drawn from the Bible, history, or literature.  Some religious traditions use the stained glass window art form to honor people and important events in their traditions. These windows are beautiful, intricate and complex and are most often associated with windows in Churches, Cathedrals and significant buildings.

I often get the question, “What colors do you have?”  That is a loaded question. There are a hundred types, styles and variations of “clear” glass, and made by many manufacturers. And, there are about 2,000 types of stained (colored) glass on the market today, as well.  Most artists and even most wholesalers can’t stock them all.  We typically order the glass from samples that are produced by the manufacturers.  It’s even hard to keep the samples up to date with new colors being made and old ones being removed.  I have a lot of hand rolled glass (expensive) that is no longer being produced.  Some of my favorites are no longer being made but that is the way of the world is it not?  Out with the old, in with the new.

Designs are only limited by your imagination and the colors well… there are thousands so anything is possible.

Stained glass Capuchin Monkey window

Stained glass Capuchin Monkey window

Turn your beach vacation photos into stained glass art.

The title says it all.  Imagine your vacation turned into a permanent piece of art glass.  With the summer season approaching, people begin to think of sun, sand and sea!  Take a moment on your next vacation to get some really great shots of your favorite nautical scenery.  Some ideas would  include lighthouses, beautiful beach scenes, seashells and of course, sea birds or other animals are always interesting.  At A Glass Menagerie, we can often transpose your favorite photos into amazing, one of a kind stained glass design and fabricate them in to art pieces.   We utilize a cad-based software made especially for designing stained glass that can turn your gorgeous photos into full color scaled designs.  Once fabricated our stained glass panels create lasting memories that can be seen and admired by everyone.  Take a look at our nautical collection of stained glass stepping stones, windows, and much more.  All of our pieces are custom designed and made here in the U.S.A.

Our custom designed art pieces are an excellent way to accessorize your home in a way that looks classy as well as colorful.  Nautical designs are definitely some of our best sellers as they fit in easily in almost any decor.  If you happen to like cool color schemes and need a pop of red for an accent, perhaps consider a Lobster or Crab design for a tabletop that will really pop!  Or, if you are an avid shell collector, we can easily transform an arched window into a tranquil beach scene which would effortlessly become a dazzling focal point of any room!  Smaller stained glass accessories also help punch up color your nautical decor to create flow and harmony in your design theme. Another interesting idea would be perhaps something like North Carolinas Cape Lookout lighthouse in the background along with the wild banker ponies in the foreground.  If you are fortunate enough to get a shot like this in your lifetime, consider having a custom stained glass art piece made that would surely delight your friends and family each and every time they gazed upon it!

For more information please contact me:  glassm2@yahoo.com or telephone:  912-349-4077
You may also visit our website at:  A Glass Menagerie

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