Fine art that requires a variety of highly-skilled techniques
Stained glass as an art form goes back more than a thousand years. It was called "stained glass" because of the process the glass underwent to achieve such visual impact — a process that involved painting images upon the glass panes, and then firing the glass to produce detailed pictures that tell stories of Biblical proportions. The modern stained glass medium has a vast amount of applications, from mosaics to furniture to fused items.
Much of our work at Kennedy's Stained Glass is constructed with respect for the strength and grandeur of the European windows of twelve hundred years ago. We are fortunate to now have tools and materials available that can make our modern glass work even stronger and more beautiful.
Came is the process of joining cut pieces of art glass through the use of came strips into a framework design of soldered Lead. Lead came glasswork includes assembling pieces of cut and possibly painted glass using came sections. The joints where the came meet are soldered to bind the sections together.
This technique involves wrapping the piece of glass with copper foil and soldering them together along the length of the seams. Copper foil can be used as an alternative to lead to provide additional structure and support for pieces that are more dimensional than traditional stained glass panes.
Etching refers to the technique of creating are on the surface of glass by applying acidic, caustic, or abrasive substances. Abrasive sandblasting is the technique we use for creating patterns in our glasswork creating a "frosted" look to the glass. High pressure air mixed with an abrasive material cuts away at the glass surface to create the effect.
Fusing & Slumping
Fused glass is glass that has been fired in a kiln at extremely high temperatures which fuses the glass for a spectrum of different patterns and effects. Fusing glass makes amazing decorative art as well as custom jewelry. Another kiln technique we use is slumping which provides the ability to shape the glass over molds at temperatures slightly lower than fusing.
Beveling glass is made by taking a thicker cut of glass and creating an angled surface cut or bevel around the piece. Beveling provides stunning glass visuals with all colors of glass even clear because it creates prisms from light being diffracted which both highlights the glass and provides interesting colors which would normally be absent in the glass.
Modern architectural glass technique developed in the early 20th century in France. Faceted glass is composed of raw, thick, unpainted glass with a deep color and shimmering sparkle. The inner surface of this glass is chipped or faceted to create a jeweled quality to the final piece from the refraction of light shining through the glass.
Laminated glass is created by bonding two or more layers of glass together with additional layers of adhesive. When placed under ultraviolet light, the final output is a single sheet of durable glass. Because of the additional layers, this useful technique provides additional strength and holds its shape.
One of the oldest art techniques, mosaic is the art of creating images by assembling a number of smaller pieces of colored glass, stone, or other materials to create a pattern or picture. Mosaics can be used in extremely creative ways from architecture to window treatments and provides an interesting focal piece with a unique texture.
Traditionally referred to as painting on the surface of a sheet of glass to be included in a stained glass work. This technique adds details such as faces and folds to clothing that couldn't normally be added with traditional lead lines. It can also be used to mask portions of works to restrict light from shining through.