Stained glass windows, such as those commonly found in churches, usually include design components that have been painted onto the glass and fired in a kiln before assembly. While stained glass windows are found principally in churches and ornate buildings, it is also prevalent in luxury homes and commercial buildings.
Stained glass, is an art and a craft, requiring the artistic skill to conceive an appropriate and workable design, and the engineering skills to assemble the piece. A window must fit snugly into the space for which it is made, must resist wind and rain, and also, especially in the larger windows, support its own weight.
The process of creating or restoring is simple and follows these five steps:
- Designing or re-drawing
- Building on a flat surface
- Trimming & polishing
The design of a window can be abstract or figurative. It may incorporate narratives drawn from the Bible, history, or literature. It may represent saints or patrons, or use symbolic motifs, in particular armorial.
Bowman’s Stained Glass can design from a photograph or imagination and specialise in beautifully restoring original art pieces.