During this process our glass painters are
sketching out full size drawings of the flesh (faces,
hands and feet) areas of the new window and are
planning how the plates are going to work in our
Tiffany wanted to create stained glass windows
that portray the brilliance and magic of the great
glass of Europe's spectacular medieval cathedrals.
Louis Tiffany felt that the windows being created by
his generation of glass artists with their heavily
painted stained glass had lost the magic of stained
glass's glowing past glories. Tiffany wanted to create
new stained glass windows that would be as magical
and brilliant as past generations' best contributions.
Tiffany�s philosophy was to limit glass painting to
the flesh areas of a stained glass window. He created
the balance and movement in his windows through
the purity of the glass itself. Tiffany developed a
variety of glasses to help him achieve his goal. They
include opalescent glass, textured glass, plus other
techniques such as plating and copper foiling to
achieve all of the details and richness for his art
images. The magic and brilliance of his treasured
creations speak for themselves.
Our challenge here is to capture as much of that
magic and brilliance as possible in this new creation.
Our task has been made easier as the many Tiffany
restorations we have completed over the years have
revealed many of the master's secrets to us. But,
there is one ingredient we are missing: the hands and
eyes of the master himself.
Now our meticulous glass craftspeople take over
and we painstakingly assemble the window. The
assembly of plates and drapery glass requires large
and uneven thicknesses of lead came. Our master
craftspeople use the same fabricating techniques
they have developed to restore the originals, often
making the unique sizes and shapes of the lead came
After much work and concentration this window
was complete and the day for installation finally
arrived. The church congregation was thrilled.
Examine these photos to judge for yourself just how
close we came to capturing some of Louis Comfort
Tiffany's magic in our new Angels window.