History of Art Glass

STAINED GLASS IS PAINTED, SHEET GLASS IS CREATED

The term “stained glass” can refer to coloured glass as a material or to works produced from it. Throughout its thousand-year history, the term has been applied almost exclusively to the windows of churches and significant buildings. Traditionally made in flat panels and used as windows, the creations of modern stained glass artists also include three dimensional pieces and sculpture.

Stained glass is literally “stained”. It is glass that has been painted. A powder is applied to transparent glass and then the product is kiln fired. If you paint a clear pane of glass blue, your end product is blue. However, sheet glass is different. A blue pane of sheet glass is literally blue – through and through. It produces an effect that is richer and more striking than stained glass, and its color does not wear down with age – it remains as brilliant as the day it was made. More importantly, sheet glass can be exposed to incredibly high temperatures, reshaped, and reformed while retaining its color.

At WOWW Glass, I proudly stand by the fact that our sheet glass supplier produces the best quality coloured glass in the United States. They are the only art glass factory in the nation that still manufactures sheet glass by hand. The intensity of our art glass color is derived by these proven hand mixing techniques. It is easier to cut and score and breaks more cleanly and crisply, and the result is a remarkable degree of precision in the finished product. The agate slices I use come from Brazil. They vary in color, size, shape, and thickness while holding their brilliant color longer than many other varieties. Most are natural in color, while others are stained to offer vivid shades of teal, pink, purple, blue and green. That’s what makes each WOWW glass piece unique and truly “one of a kind”.