Religious & Church Stained Glass Archives - Stained Glass Austin
By Martin Faith
At Stained Glass Austin, we feel that church stained glass restoration is some of our most important work. While we love being able to create unique additions for our customers’ homes and businesses, there’s something special about being able to be part of church projects. Often, these projects are funded by donations and there is a lot of enthusiastic surrounding them which comes from the church members. Their stained glass has tremendous sentimental value and personal meaning for them. For us, it is a particularly rewarding experience to be able to help out and give back to the community. Read more…
Medieval stained glass is incredibly old. And as you will find out, still significant in this day and age. The reason for this– colors. That’s right, the use of color was something unique about medieval stained glass and marked a distinct shift in technology. The medieval period in Europe lasted from about the 10th century to the 16th century. In this time the art form of stained glass changed from rudimentary to advanced. Driving these changes was emerging color technology. One of the first examples of colored window glass was unearthed during an excavation at the Abbey of San Vincenzo in Volturno, Italy. Here colored stained glass from about 820 was found. This glass could be the first colored stained glass ever made and it was made less than two hundred years before the beginning of what is considered the medieval period. What followed was a dramatic shift in glassmaking methods and the emergence of some of the world’s most stunning early stained glass.
The Color Technology of Medieval Stained Glass
The use of specific colors is what sets medieval stained glass apart from earlier stained glass. Several colors are a hallmark of this period. The early part of this “color revolution” was almost certainly due to naturally occurring impurities in the silica used to make the glass. However, as time passed the colors were less often mistakes and more often intentional.
Medieval Stained Glass Colors
Medieval blue soda glass: One of the most gorgeous colors in Medieval stained glass is the blue soda glass. It was an early medieval glass color that was, as the name implies, a soda-based creation chemically. It was very distinct and somewhat rare but for reasons unknown, blue soda glass was quickly replaced with Forest glass. In its short time on the scene, blue soda glass made quite a mark though and is still highly regarded today. There have been blue soda stained glass found in UK excavations at Old Sarum, Winchester and even some in France.
Red And Green Medieval Stained Glass: These shades of medieval stained glass were some of the first because green and red stained glass outcomes occurred naturally. This was due to the naturally occurring impurities in the silica. However, as the medieval stained glass technology moved forward technologically these colors were made even more distinct and vivid by adding copper– in the form of ore or copper filing.
Silver Stain Medieval Stained Glass: Early on in the Medieval period, colors were coaxed from the firing kilns by paying close attention to and controlling the furnace conditions. Things like heat and length of fire were manipulated to create certain unique colors. The artists were actually using techniques to increase or decrease in oxidation–although they didn’t know it at the time. However, later in the Medieval period (about the 14th century), silver stain was introduced. This was a workaround of sorts and made it possible to create a wider variety of glass hues by painting on this chemical mixture.
The Importance of Medieval Stained Glass
Since Medieval stained glass windows were made so long ago it may be hard to imagine the significance that these windows have today. But the truth is they are extremely relevant because of the huge impact on the colors of modern glass we see today. This era in time not only introduced color into stained glass but paved the way for the later development of many of the same colors we use today. Furthermore, by adding color to the mix of the artwork, this period of time started an era of life-like representations of people, places, and things–iconography that is still around today!
For more information on stained glass for homes and churches across the country, contact us at Stained Glass Austin today!
By Martin Faith
Dealing with stained glass repairs can be complicated. Not only do you have to identify the cause of the damage, but you also have to go through the trouble of finding a repair company who can restore your stained glass windows. Not all repair companies are equipped with the necessary knowledge required for handling delicate historic stained glass. Then, once you do find a company who can handle the repairs, you have to pull together the necessary funds for financing your project.
However, it might be helpful to know that you’re not alone in this issue. Many historic churches are now at an age where their stained glass needs treatment in order to prevent it from falling apart and being lost forever. Even furthermore, many churches have found ways to solve their problems with financing and accomplish their stained glass repairs in Austin in a cost-effective manner. In this article, we’ll share some tips on stained glass repair for Austin historic churches.
What Church Stained Glass Restoration Means To A Community
While it is true that Church stained glass restoration can sometimes be expensive, is so very important to the history of American churches of all denominations and likewise breathes new life into congregations. Moreover, it brings total joy to parishioners. So for churches here in Austin an around the country, it is something for churches with stained glass windows to consider, whether those windows are small and minimalistic and or majestic and intricate.
A Stained Glass Restoration Rich With History
A very strong example of how enriching stained glass restoration on a chapel can be is seen in the recent sanctuary restoration of Bethel A.M.E. Church in Huntington in NY. This charming old church has the distinction of being Huntington, NY’s oldest African American church; something that carries with deep historical significance both for the area and for the African American culture within it. This particular program cost right around $50,00 and took about two years to complete but to the parishioners, it carried deep meaning since they felt they were preserving more than just their windows but their culture while paying homage to those bygone parishioners that put so much into founding church and their original stained glass windows.
The Deterioration Of The Stained Glass Windows
As you can see from the pictures below the stained glass windows in the sanctuary at Bethel A.M.E. were simple but gorgeous and definitely true to the style of the era– during the era in which they were installed–1924. However, over the years the condition of these once flawless stained glass windows had deteriorated so in 2016, Rev Larry D Jennings decided it was time to restore them from their very poor condition; not only because the window really needed it but because he and the congregation saw the historical value and also thought it was a smart way to respect the original generosity of those who likely sacrifice for them to be installed.
Paying For The Church Stained Glass Restoration
Paying for stained glass restoration is often an expensive endeavor and finding funds a challenge–but well worth it. Luckily for Bethel A.M.E. a town historian, Robert Hughes found grants from the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation for $20,000, them the Sacred Sites program of the New York Landmarks Conservancy for $10,000; and finally The Gerry Charitable Trust for $5,000. The costs that remained were covered by donations from the congregation itself. And the results could not be more breathtaking.
Stained Glass Restoration Guide And Pricing
If you have a church here in Austin that has windows you love but that are clearly aging and need repair, and you are considering having them restored as a way to breath new life into them and your congregation, we at Stained Glass Austin are able to help guide you through the process, costs and even fundraising for stained glass restoration as well. Contact us today for more information and for a free consultation/stained glass inspection.
By Martin Faith
Have you been considering ways to improve your chapel? Finding effective, compelling solutions that add meaning and intent to your services can make all the difference for your congregation members. Your flock turns to you in their time of need, often looking for inspiration and meaning in their situations. Custom stained glass is a brilliant way to inspire your flock. Stained glass has offered a means of inspiration for centuries, providing a tested and true way to improve your Austin chapel.
Painted Church Tours In Texas
When visiting Austin a fantastic little activity is going to see the legendary “Painted Churches” which are the pride of many parts of the state. Painted churches are historic chapels and churches painted by German and Czech immigrants, they use bright colors and bold patterns as a way to celebrate their continued success as pioneers and to keep their spirits high in times of trouble. Better than visiting a single church is doing an entire tour and one of the best is put on by The Schulenburg Chamber of Commerce. They have a lot of knowledge about the area’s painted churches and will provide you with one of the most spectacular and thorough tours in Texas. They also have great ratings on Trip Advisor and other review sites–so you know it will be worth the $10 fee. As stained glass professionals here in Texas, we at Stained Glass Austin, appreciate the preservation of such amazing treasures that illustrate Texas’ long and colorful history–like the painted churches. In fact, we like it so much, we decided to write a little about the best churches included in the tour and the stained glass windows within them.
Stained Glass Treasures In Texas Painted Churches
St. John the Baptist Catholic Church
This lovely vintage church is Nicknamed “The Pink Church”. Built in 1907, it is technically the third church built on this site because both churches before it were destroyed by natural disasters. The current stained glass windows are more simple than the ones before but breathtaking anyway and still show some hints of the previous Gothic Revival-style of architecture they were built in.
Saints Cyril and Methodius Church (Dubina, TX)
The Saints Cyril and Methodius Church were designed by is famed architect Leo Dielmann after the original church was destroyed in a hurricane around 1909. Dielman’s actually designed over 100 churches in Central Texas and it is easy to see why after visiting this church. The stained glass in Saints Cyril and Methodius is surrounded by some of the most beautiful interiors of almost any Texas painted church– a hallmark of Dielman’s designs.
St. Mary Catholic Church (High Hill, TX)
St. Mary Catholic Church in High Hill has a brick exterior with a wooden interior and as such, is different than most other churches in the area. This is because the community chose to build this church out of brick and stone since many were destroyed by storms and fires. St. Mary was also designed by famed church architect Leo Dielman and is of interest because it was the first one he designed. Once again his Gothic Revival style is even evident by on the stained glass windows and painting on the ceiling.
Here at Stained Glass Austin, we have restored a number of churches similar to the amazing chapels above. As restoration experts, we cherish the long church and stained glass history in the state of Texas and would love to work with your church if the need is there. For more information on stained glass repair or restoration in all of Texas, contact us today!
There’s no way to deny the charm and beauty of church stained glass. Once you look upon stained glass, it instantly captures your attention. The beautiful colors and images are make it hard to look away from it.
For centuries, stained glass windows have been popular in religious architecture. Ancient cathedrals across the globe house beautiful stained glass masterpieces that have been expertly planned and crafted. However, you don’t have to go far to see stunning examples of stained glass. It can be found right here, in Texas and the Southern US.
Antique Stained Glass: A Beloved & Unique Gift Idea
The holidays are officially here. Black Friday is over, Cyber Monday is gone and if you haven’t already done some serious shopping for the people on your list, no doubt you will be doing it in the weekends to come. Looking for the perfect, one-of-a-kind gift is difficult; something special is hard to find on the shelves of stores. That is why each year at Stained Glass Austin we have people come to us to give the gift of antique stained glass for the home of a family they love and cherish. Since we are able to create stunning stained glass in the most popular antique styles, our windows fit nearly any decor. However, our most requested and loved styles are below.