The Five Amazing Modern Stained Glass Accounts to Follow on Instagram

The Five Amazing Modern Stained Glass Accounts to Follow on Instagram

Stained glass is often not thought of as a contemporary material. When people hear the term “stained glass,” they typically think of old churches or vintage homes with such features in Salt Lake City, for example. However, today’s stained glass revival is truly amazing, and you can witness it on social media. Instagram is one of the greatest locations to follow artistic work being done in stained glass. While there are numerous outstanding stained glass photos on Instagram, we’ve identified five artist accounts that you should absolutely subscribe to!

Modern Stained Glass Instagram Artist 1

@lumie.glass
This artist has a beautiful, minimalist style that uses soft colors and simple shapes to create stunning stained glass pieces. Her approach is not only aesthetically pleasing but also part of her wide appeal.

Modern Stained Glass Instagram Artist 2

@sunnyday_windows
This creative artist gave the old-style stained glass a fantastic new spin. She employs vivid geometric forms and contemporary color choices to create stunning stained glass wall hangings that are perfect for today’s homes.

Modern Stained Glass Instagram Artist 3

@dewsreign
This glass artist uses ancient Arabic motifs to create magnificent stained glass windows. His vivid use of hues makes his work stand out and adds a contemporary edge to it.

Modern Stained Glass Instagram Artist 4

@luluandglass
This glassblower creates lovely everyday things out of stained glass, and she does it in a playful and whimsical way. Her most popular goods, however, are these lovely stained glass hair combs.

Modern Stained Glass Instagram Artist 5

@scottish.stained.glass
This company is our parent company and produces beautiful stained glass windows, both modern and vintage. However, their most stunning creations are their modern stained glass architectural installations!

Modern Stained Glass Designer in Salt Lake City

Designing stained glass is our passion, and we’ve been in the business for over 25 years. If you’re feeling stuck with deciding on a design, modern or vintage, reach out to us today– consultations are free! We love being creative and designing what will make your home unique; after all, that’s why we’re the number one choice for Salt Lake City!

St. Edward’s Church: Custom Church Stained Glass

We’re humbled to announce that our newest custom church stained glass project is now complete. St. Edward’s Church located in Pennsylvania was looking for a custom memorial piece to pay tribute to their recently passed pastor. They also wanted to add a functional window for concealing the main street view from their observatory during service. The church interviewed many different studios across the country and decided to use our studio for this project.

The Custom Church Stained Glass Process for St. Edward’s Church

Due to the fact that this project began during the pandemic, we had to rely mainly on virtual communications for the design process when we typically do this in person. We created different versions of the tree of life design they requested and were going through the review process when Father Rick mentioned that he’d like to create a panel showing Jesus on the Sea of Galilee one day since this was his favorite Biblical teaching. We decided to give this design a shot as well – after presenting it, the Father and church both fell in love and chose this one for manufacturing. We wanted to add depth to the design and achieved this through painting and shading. We also wanted to create a bit of diversity among the other larger-than-life figures alongside Jesus and create calm waters as a symbol of the calm after the storm. Even with some of the installation challenges we faces, we were still able to design a continuous piece for the intended space.

Work With Salt Lake City Stained Glass’ Number One Church Stained Glass Artist

Salt Lake City Stained Glass is honored to be the number one church stained glass artist serving the state of Utah. Our team is happy to help you with your upcoming custom project and can hand sketch any ideas you’re thinking of. We’re proud to have been a part of such a wonderful, sentimental project. For more information, please contact us!

Leaded Glass Inspiration for Your Salt Lake City Home

Stained glass windows are best known for their colorful aesthetic and the beauty they have provided to churches over the years. However, some people think that traditional stained glass looks too old fashioned for their home. If you, too, are seeking a more modern alternative, you should consider leaded glass windows! Salt Lake City homeowners can use leaded glass to draw in light, create privacy, and highlight certain areas or unique architectural features.

Below, we’ve shared some examples of leaded glass windows we’ve completed over the years in hopes that you will be able to find some inspiration for your own home!

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Our Top 5 Favorite Religious Stained Glass Windows in Utah

There’s no doubt that Utah is a state that genuinely appreciates the beauty and appeal of stained glass. When visiting, you’ll quickly realize that many buildings, including schools, offices, and homes, have stained glass accents that bring them to life. 

You will find this beautiful art form mostly in churches and other places of worship. Below, we’ll discuss our top five picks for the most beautiful religious stained glass windows in Utah. 

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The Rising Church Stained Glass Restoration

We’re pleased to announce the completion of our most recent church stained glass restoration project at The Rising Church. The Rising Church was built back in 1913 and is located in Arvada, CO. This community church is known for its homeless outreach and is beloved by those in the neighborhood. One night after the church had closed, someone walking by had thought they heard a commotion coming from inside. They decided to throw stones through the stained glass windows in order to stop the incident. Luckily, there wasn’t anyone inside but the windows were damaged all the same.

Our Church Stained Glass Restoration Project and Challenges

The church contacted us to examine their vandalized stained glass. Upon inspection, we found that 90% of the windows had been damaged. We transported these back to our studio to complete our proprietary restoration process. We soaked the windows in a soapy blend in order to remove all of the grime and dirt. This also allows for a quicker disassembly. From there, we replaced all the damaged glass pieces either from custom glass manufacturing or our existing inventory. The hand-painted glass was restored with an invisible mending process to keep the original intact. New lead was created for these windows as well. One of the challenges was that the windows were actually missing their original lead which was taken out so that they could fit the church. We resized the windows and shaved some of them down on-site to create a seamless fit. Exterior protection was also installed alongside exterior framing painting.

Work With Salt Lake City’s Number One Church Stained Glass Restoration Specialists

Salt Lake City Stained Glass is honored to be the number one church stained glass restoration specialist serving the state of Utah. Our team of experienced restoration artists is happy to help you with the entire process for your church’s beloved stained glass. We’re always available for in-person assessment and can better determine your specific needs. For more information regarding church stained glass restoration, please contact us!

The Meaning of Religious Stained Glass Icons 

If you’ve ever studied church stained glass windows carefully, you’ve probably noticed a wide variety of symbols in different areas. This is quite typical for religious stained glass windows. Iconography was frequently used to convey essential narratives to church congregations. Some symbols, crosses, for example, have a readily identifiable meaning. However, there are times when icons don’t have as obvious of a meaning. Below are some of our favorite religious stained glass icons and their meanings.

Church Stained Glass Iconography

  • A Dove: It is a sacred symbol of the Holy Spirit.
  • A Dove and Rainbow: The dove and the rainbow symbolize endings, and they signify forgiveness.
  • A Chalice with Grapes: The Lamb is the most common sign for Holy Communion. The Lamb of God is depicted lying on the Book of Seven Seals in Revelation, and since became the sacrificial lamb.
  • Messianic Rose: The Messianic Rose is a well-known Christian symbol that represents the promised Messiah. At the advent of the kingdom of justice, Isaiah prophesied, “The desert will blossom as a rose.”
  • The Lion: The tribe of Judah is represented by this figure, which depicts the qualities of strength, valor, and compassion.
  • Fish: The Greek fish is a symbol for Jesus Christ, the Son of God. It derives from being a covert sign in ancient days when it was dangerous to be a Christian.
  • Anchor: This is one of the most ancient symbols of Jesus Christ, dating back to the catacombs.
  • Dragon: The dragon is a symbol of evil and temptation. It’s also a sign of sin.
  • Leaf and Acorn: The acorn is a rare symbol that represents the growth of faith from tiny like a seed to vast as a tree.
  • Butterfly: It is a beautiful image that symbolizes rebirth and everlasting life.

To learn more about the lovely meaning behind your church’s stained glass, contact us today!

3 Reasons to Install Stained Glass for Your Salt Lake City Basement

Homes with basements have the opportunity to create a lot of versatile spaces ranging from home theaters and bars to additional family space and bedrooms. Basements can be a really fun area of your home to decorate and design, providing endless creative opportunities. When it comes to the windows in your basement, these can often be obstructed with window wells or really be an indicator of the bottom level of your property. While there are many window treatments out there to help conceal this, the best option for addressing both beauty and functionality is stained glass. Here are three reasons to install stained glass in your Salt Lake City home’s basement.

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Create an Elegant Look with Stained Glass for your Salt Lake City Home

So much joy comes from having a beautiful home. You and your family have a wonderful space to share, in which you can live, laugh, and create memories together. And you can host gatherings, special events, and parties, and spend time with your friends, neighbors, and those you love.

But creating the perfect home is a task that’s easier said than done. That’s where our stained glass windows can help. By adding stained glass to your Salt Lake City home, you can create a look of elegance and sophistication, and finally make your dream home a reality! Continue Reading

Commercial Stained Glass for Salt Lake City Businesses

Modern stained glass is so vastly different from what it was a century ago, and this is true not only with church stained glass but also home designs. Commercial as well has come a long way in incorporating new design features – there are even more ways to incorporate the beauty of stain-glass into your commercial space than ever before! From restaurants to retail stores, stained glass is making a comeback and has many benefits for commercial spaces that have it installed in their location. Read below to understand some of these benefits first hand. 

Stained Glass Benefits for Commercial Properties in Salt Lake City

Commercial Stained Glass for Privacy

When you own a storefront in a busy area, your store windows can feel like a fishbowl. It’s not easy to offer privacy for employees or customers without sacrificing visibility and natural light from the windows of your establishment. But with stained glass panels–you can do just that! You get a little bit of privacy for your SLC store without losing natural light or glimpses of the outside. Plus, stained glass adds a ton of visual interest. 

Commercial Stained Glass to Stand out

 If you’re looking for unique ways to brand your commercial location, then stained glass might be the answer. Stained glass windows can be used as signage that grabs attention or as an artistic display featuring your brand.  Whatever direction you decided to take it one thing is for sure–your commercial space will turn heads.

Commercial Stained Glass for Foot Traffic

  If you have a Salt Lake City business in an area where there are many retail stores, galleries, and restaurants,  getting walk-in traffic can be difficult.  To stand out and get people into your store or restaurant, stained glass is a good idea. The unique aesthetics of stained glass pieces will attract customers who may not otherwise notice your store!

For more information on commercial Stained Glass for your Salt Lake City business, contact us today!

New Portfolio Piece: Sam Houston State University Staine Glass Replica

Here at Salt Lake City Stained Glass one of the things we love most about our job is the joy our stained glass restorations bring to our customers. Whether it be at churches, synagogues, historic homes, or universities, the work we do brings us great fulfillment. And such was the case of our most recent project, via our parent company–Scottish Stained Glass. 

Replicating Sam Houston State’s Historic Stained Glass Windows

Sam Houston State University was founded in 1879 and as such, is one of the oldest universities in Texas. One of its most lovely stained glass windows was sadly destroyed in a fire in 1982)that ravaged one of the main original buildings. In 2020 SHSU made the fantastic decision to commemorate their school motto “The measure of a Life is its Service, through having a replica of the original stained glass made. They called on our company, Scottish Stained Glass to rebuild it and we were happy to aid them in preserving the legacy of their wonderful organization. 

The First Challenge of Restoring Sam Houston State University’s Lost Stained Glass

This project had unique but not unconquerable challenges associated with it. For one, our team was creating a replication from almost nothing. In fact, we only had a picture from a 1962 yearbook to guide our way. However, using modern technology we were able to innovate and give this recreation the respect it deserved! We scanned the picture into the computer, then printed it out full size, we then painstakingly traced each line. After that, it was back into our CAD program for final touches and to resize it to twice the size–per the request of SHSU.  

The Second Challenge of Restoring Sam Houston State University’s Lost Stained Glass

The issue next issue is actually fairly common when restoring vintage stained glass. Sourcing materials used over a century ago is many times hard or impossible since many no longer exist. This is especially true for colors. This meant tapping into our network of conservation specialists to help us find glass in colors that were as close as possible to the originals. We then had our stained glass artists paint over each stained glass panel that did not match to make them exactly match the original hues. lTthe final look was exact! 

The Results of the Recreated Commemorative Stained Glass Window

This rewarding project took almost a year to complete and some areas with lots of shadowing needed over ten layers were used to create depth. All in all this lovely commemorative window has about 3,000- 4,000 pieces. More to the point, the university staff, board, and students were so happy with the lovely final product, and honestly, so were we!  We’re always honored to be a part of an amazing project to restore and preserve history for generations to come.

 

 

 

 

 

If you have a stained glass restoration or rebuild project we would love to speak to you about it too! Contact us at Salt Lake City Stained Glass today for a free consultation.