Stained and decorative glass suffered a steep decline in public interest from
the mid-1940's to the early 1960's. The trend in new church buildings was for
minimal decoration, with little or no stained glass in the windows. Tiffany
lamps had gone out of style and many were thrown out with the trash (those same
original Tiffany lamps would now be worth many thousands or even millions of
dollars). It became fashionable to use plastics for color and decoration in the
home. This was the era when many people decried that stained glass was a dead
or dying art form.
The 1960's saw the beginning of a revival for the stained glass craft. The pop
culture of the mid 60's exploded onto the scene with it's bold, confident
designs and art glass became "cool" to a new generation of Americans. An art
medium that used light and color to compose a work of art, was a natural
connection to empower the self-expression of the "hip generation".
During the 1970's, proponents and neophyte crafters were attracted to this
age-old art form and the revival was truly underway. Small art glass studios
were established and artistic experimentation was rampant. Hobby instruction
classes were offered everywhere you looked and glass crafting flourished as a
do-it-yourself art. New glass manufacturing facilities were born and older
established glass factories "rediscovered" lost formulas for making unusual and
diverse types of stained glass. It wasn't long before glass, very similar to
the type L. C. Tiffany & Co. used at the turn of the century, was readily
While there were hundreds of studios now at work producing beautiful stained
glass works, one aspect of the art, painting on glass, was trailing behind the
progress made in the art glass craft as a whole. Most studios developed and
refined their skills as stained glass artists but did not include glass
painting in their repertories. Perhaps this was due to a lack of qualified
instruction or to difficulty in obtaining the specialized stains and other
supplies. Whatever the reason, the scarcity of glass painters turned out to be
a golden opportunity for Bovard Studio.
In the late 1990's we recognized there was a need for ready-made glass
components with traditional hand-painted motifs, which could be incorporated
into stained glass windows. We developed several prototypes of glass
medallions, featuring both religious and secular painted designs and made a
presentation to one of our trusted suppliers. We showed them our samples and
explained the concept of offering authentic hand-painted stained glass
medallions to the rapidly growing number of professional and hobby-craft
artisans. To our delight, the distributor said yes and we left with a purchase
order. Our elegant hand-painted glass products are now carried by most art
glass distributors and are available through thousands of stained glass
retailer supply stores around the world.
Bovard Studio's custom medallions include eighteen hand-painted and kiln-fired
"Life of Christ" and "Old Testament" scenes. These Medallions are available in
18" x 24" (45.7 x 61 cm) oval, 18" x 24" (45.7 x 61 cm) rectangle and 18" x 24"
(45.7 x 61 cm) royal arch shapes. Also available are 12" x 16" (30.5 x 40.6 cm)
oval, 12" x 16" (30.5 x 40.6 cm) rectangle and 12" x 16" (30.5 x 40.6 cm) royal
arch shapes, along with 9" and 12" (22.8 & 30.5 cm) circles (disk shape).
These medallions look great with a simple border added to hang as an autonomous
panel or they can be incorporated into full-size, custom designed leaded glass
windows with borders and a geometric background. See examples on this page and
in the Design Archive.
Please note: These medallion scenes are copyright � 1992 by Bovard Studio Inc.
All rights are reserved. These designs may not be reproduced by any means or
any reason without written consent from the copyright owner.
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