Stained glass windows can be produced in a variety of ways. They can be custom made to fit window spaces integral to a building. Alternatively they can be made to hang independently as panels or screens.
The colour in the glass is derived from metal oxides incorporated during manufacture. When the sheets are blown by hand as opposed to machine made, the beauty of the colour and rich dancing textures make it an irresistible choice for my work.
The traditional way to assemble a stained glass window uses lead, solder and cement to hold the pieces together. However, a more modern and fresher approach, leaving lead out entirely, is to use bonding agents; these enable the pieces of stained glass to be laminated to and between sheets of float glass, thus creating a more 'weightless' feel to the work.
Additional decoration can be achieved with sandblasting, a method that etches the glass to produce frosted patterns and images on the surface.