A Glass Menagerie is a website by an artist who was born and raised in North Carolina who became interested in working with stained glass in 1993 as part of her hobby. At the time they were building a home and wanted stained glass windows made for it. In 1996, the artist established A Glass Menagerie. At the beginning, she only had several pages of products and has eventually grown into what it is today.
Of particular interest was nautical-themed stained glass designs. The Nautical pages of A Glass Menagerie features a variety of kinds of marine creatures such as sailboats, sea shell, and mermaids – which is a virtual glass sea. A Glass Menagerie is pleased to customize any art glass window, stepping stoness or suncatcher of your choice in a rainbow of colors available in stained glass.
For people who are interested in Tropical Fish designs, you can collect fish suncatchers and hang them up at different heights in your window. Several fish sun-catchers are much bigger compared to usual sun-catchers. A Glass Menagerie is willing to make related deep sea and other marine creatures at your behest. Fill a bathroom window with a beautiful ocean scene. The nautical-themed stained glass of A Glass Menagerie make for wonderful presents even for the most discerning people. The art glass of A Glass Menagerie is made from high quality materials that will definitely make the windows in your home quite intriguing. Each piece is hand cut and then soldered just like Louis C Tiffany did
After almost 2 decades of doing stained glasse, she has never grown tired of it. Designing and fabricating nautical-theme stained glass has been the passion of the owner of A Glass Menagerie. For more information on the nautical-themed stained glass products of A Glass Menagerie, kindly
A photograph encompasses much more than the mere image of the subject. It tells a story of the day, of the life of the pet, and the impact that it had on the owner. Thanks to the shortened life span of most animals, in just a short while that is all most people have of their cherished companions. The sad thing about these pet portraits is that they may be become damaged with time, and fade with the seasons.
Thankfully, there are alternatives available. Custom mosaics can bring longevity to the memory of the cherished companion and act as a stepping-stone to pleasant memories of days gone by. Here is how stained glass windows can help an owner honor the memory of his favorite four legged companions.
Make the memorial a part of the home
Decorations add character and style to any house, and something custom made (with a picture of the pet as a guide) will stand out in any home. A simple photograph can become misplaced, and fades with time. A stained glass window will last as long as you wish.
Beyond the memorial, it can lead to conversations with guests and loved ones. A window can serve as a starting point, introducing your beloved companion to others.
Bring life to a room
A pet brings light into any room he wanders in. It is common for a dog to stimulate smiles from children, and bring visitors closer to hosts. They are a source of comfort, and help turn a house into a home. When regular, white, light hits these stained glass panels, the tinted panes sparkle with the color of the rainbow. Much like the honored pet, these windows will bring a sense of character to the room it resides in, helping turn a dwelling into a home.
Visit A Glass Menagerie’s Pet Portrait page to see many of the pet portraits we have done or contact us to have a custom design of your dog done.
Most people associate stained glass windows with churches, but did you know it can also be installed in your home? More and more people realize the value of having stained glass panels installed in doors or windows, bearing simple designs inspired by fantasy.
The creation of stained glass is a form of art that can be traced back for centuries, and it is believed that it originated in Egypt. A stained glass window is, in fact, only a painting created by means of cut glass, light and a sturdy metal frame.
A short history on stained glass panels
The first stained glass art can be traced back to the twelfth century and a man by the name of Theophilus, a monk. He wrote a book about the designing and crafting of stained glass panels, and this indicates that even in such an early age, the fascination of stained glass and its uses had captured the attention of many people, and with good reason.
In the fifteenth century, instead of using stained glass to create panels, artists began to paint on glass. This was mainly because it allowed them the freedom to add more detail to their work, but it nevertheless eliminated the magic offered by stained glass windows.
Enter the nineteenth century, when a sudden interest arose in the traditional making of stained glass items. Pioneers such as Alfred Bell and William Morris actively set about the task to rediscover the techniques involved in the creation of stained glass and by doing so, paved the way for this form of art to enter the twentieth century as modern additions to homes and public buildings alike.
Introducing fantasy stained glass panels
The modern improvement of general glassmaking and different tastes of individuals when choosing stained glass make it possible to incorporate fantasy symbols in our stained glass works of art. Simple designs such as dragons and fairies are very popular, as it makes a bold statement without too much fuss.
Our stained glass expertise doesn’t stop there. We also create fantasy stained glass mosaic stepping stones, which can be used throughout many a garden. We can think of no better place to set your fantasy creatures “free”.
Capture your childhood fantasy in stained glass panels
Whether it is mermaids or castles, we have the expertise to create your fantasy ideas in stained glass. We work in accordance with your specifications; therefore, we can create your masterpiece in any size and fit it professionally.
No one is too old for a fantasy, and besides, a fine piece of art is always a good investment. Why not capture yours in stained glass?
I recently had the pleasure of designing and fabricating a stained glass window for a man who wanted a fantasy life scene for his wife’s anniversary gift. Based on Beauty and the Beast, it was to have 5 panels with each depicting a story in his life. He married his wife in a different location every year so 3 of the panels were of the places he had married her; one of a wind mill, another with dolphins and another in a hot air balloon. The 4th panel would depict his two children standing on the beach in front of Catalina Island. The main panel is based on the design of Beauty and the Beast dancing together. The resulting stained glass window is pictured. What a lovely way for a man to show his love for his wife.
If you would be interested in creating a life story window you may contact me at: firstname.lastname@example.org or see my other designs at A Glass Menagerie