STAINED ART GLASS encompasses many forms and techniques. What most people refer to generically as
“stained glass” is usually the CUT and LEADED GLASS - and sometimes COPPER FOIL technique. However, there are
many other stained-glass techniques – such as glass fired onto or fused to other glass. There are other techniques where
specialized enamels or acrylic colors are fired directly onto the glass to delineate form and color. There are photographic
processes whereby images are photo-flashed onto glass (usually used put human faces onto glass). Some stained-glass Artisans
combine some or all of the above techniques. I am one of those!
My STAINED ART GLASS encompasses fusing hand-mixed
acrylic colors and dyes onto a base of clear quarter-inch plate glass (or tempered glass - if required). I sometimes fuse
other pieces and types of glass - as well as glass eye catchers, glass jewels, glass bevels, ornate copper and brass filigree
to the base plate - depending on the effect I am trying to achieve with my subject matter. This technique allows me complete
control over my colors as well as the flexibility to achieve the intricate detail only possible in copper foil technique.
Since the Artwork is created on one side of the glass base plate (the obverse side) - the back (or inverse side) is
smooth and completely weatherproof if installed in an exterior window or door. Additionally, the 1/4" thick base plate
is structurally very solid. By contrast, Cut and Leaded Glass technique tends to deteriorate and weaken with age - the lead
came gets soft and the weight of the glass causes the window to sag and bow out, the pieces of glass to crack, or in a worse
case scenario - the whole window simply falls apart.
Please enjoy some of the over
1000 pieces of Art Glass I have created over the years. The 4 Galleries here show but a few of them.
- STANLEY LIVINGSTON