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The Enlightenment: The Lamb Studios Stained Glass Newsletter

November 2016: Volume 3, Issue 6

Completed Project: Stained Glass and Exterior Wood Frame Restoration

This photograph of the Southeast Elevation illustrates the scale of the project, showing 11 of the 44 stained glass windows in the church.

Back in 2013, when we examined the exterior of the forty-four wood frames for the stained glass windows at First Presbyterian Church in Caldwell, New Jersey, they were in terrible condition. The paint was flaking and peeling from all the frames, exposing bare wood throughout. Fortunately for the church, the majority of the stained glass was in good condition; for the most part, it was only the stained glass in the operable ventilators that were in need of restoration. Fast forward to the summer of 2016, when we stripped all the frames down to bare wood and then primed and painted them. Wood repairs were made with marine grade epoxy and wood replacement was necessary in some areas. Additionally, the frames were resealed to the building, the stained glass was resealed to the frame, and the stained glass was cleaned.

As for the windows in the ventilators, because of their poor condition and because they were to remain operable, all but one were restored by complete releading of the stained glass. The steel ventilator frames were also removed, restored and then reinstalled. Upon removal, it was discovered that two of the steel frames were rusted beyond restoration and new single glazed steel ventilators were provided to replace them. We also performed a more conservative restoration scope of work on selected panels throughout the church - damaged glass was edge epoxied or replaced, broken solder joints were repaired and panels were flattened and re-puttied.

In-Studio Project: Lamp Repair

A customer came to us with a damaged lamp cover containing curved pieces of glass, hoping that we could repair it. The piece was passed down to her from her father-in-law, so there was a large degree of sentimentality attached to it. The majority of the lamp cover was an amber wispy glass which was smooth on one side and heavily textured on the underside. The glass was also very translucent, when the lamp was illuminated it gave off a beautiful golden glow which was accented by the texture on the interior. Fortunately, we had a perfect match for the glass in stock. A mold was made from one of the existing good pieces which was removed from the lamp cover. New pieces were then cut to size and then slumped in the kiln over the mold. The resulting pieces were a good fit and once the repairs were made, it was nearly impossible to find the area of the lamp that had been so severely damaged. The customer was extremely pleased and wrote to thank us:
"Thank you for the extraordinary job… I wish there were more words than thank you to express my gratitude."

Cleveland, OH – Steven Litt, The Plain Dealer recently wrote an interesting article about a long purported Tiffany stained glass window at Heinen’s supermarket in the Cleveland Trust Rotunda building. After much research by Karl Brunjes, a Northeast Ohio man working on his master’s, it was found that this amazing Tiffany stained glass window was not created by Louis Comfort Tiffany. Instead, this amazing work was from a Philadelphia stained glass company created by Nicola D’Ascenzo, an Italian immigrant. Click on the link below for the full story and other work that was created by Nicola D’Ascenzo. Click here

Orem, UT – “Roots of Knowledge” is a 200 foot long stained glass mural which is to be installed at Utah Valley University in November 2016. The piece was created by Holdman Studios and it is pretty remarkable.

In mid-October, six windows from the mural were on exhibition for a week in New York City at The General Society Library Balcony. There was a lecture and panel discussion on October 17th, which featured Tom Holdman, Artist;​​ ​Matthew Holland​,​ President, ​Utah Valle​y University; Kate McPherson, UVU Professor of English; Cybele Maylone, Executive Director at UrbanGlass and Rebecca Allan, Moderator​.

Wall Street Journal – Julie Lasky wrote an interesting article in the Wall Street Journal about modern uses of stained glass, ranging from wall art with non-traditional subject matters to cabinets and light fixtures; it is certainly worth a read: Click here

Paris, France – American visual artist Kehinde Wiley will have his first solo art exhibition in France at Le Petit Palais in Paris from October 20 through January 15. Many of Wiley’s paintings are based on traditional stained glass windows but with contemporary subject matters. Explore Wiley’s paintings at his website: Click here

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