Entrance Window

My latest project was to create a leaded glass window for a front door in a recently renovated home. I met with the homeowners to see some of the ideas that had for the window. I came up with four designs incorporating their ideas. After a design was chosen and glass types picked out by the client, I assembled the window. The contractor on site removed the door, refinished it and reinstalled it. I installed the leaded glass panel to complete the project.

This is one of the more elegant windows Three Rivers Art Glass has turned out. The use of bevel clusters combined with the waves of the baroque glass makes this a grand entrance.

 

Design Challenge

My latest design challenge was to create a transom window with Hebrew script in an American southwest style. The client gave me a photo of a t shirt with a design that she liked, and the rest was up to me. Once we had the design completed, I worked with the client to choose glass type and color. The assembly of this window took some time to complete but the finished product speaks for itself. I installed the transom after a new front door was put in and the project was complete.

Spring/Summer Schedule

I’ve just posted the Spring/Summer class schedule to my website.

Contact me to learn about additional options for your group.

Sign up early because these classes fill up quickly.

Good news, bad news

There’s good news and bad news to report today. The bad news is that I have decided to close the local artist consignment area. I would like to thank everyone that supported these amazing local artists. The good news is that the closure was necessary because I need more room to increase the studio. The new space will allow for a dedicated class/workshop area, a kid’s zone, and new displays showcasing functional art glass. Look for new courses and workshops coming soon. I am trying to improve Three Rivers Art Glass every day and I’m excited to see what this can become in the future.

Cabinet Door Inserts

These two cabinet door inserts were another end of the year project. The customer wanted to accent the two corner cabinets in a newly remodeled kitchen with glass panels using design elements from her leaded glass front entrance. She also wanted her favorite flower, a lily, and glass bevels included in the design. I used three types of clear textured glass in the panels and made the clear beads for the centers of the flowers in the kiln. The kitchen guys installed the doors to complete the project.

 

Anderson Plumbing

I am thrilled to be able to tell you about the largest project I worked on for Christmas 2016. My customer wanted a stained glass window for the new location of their plumbing business…the only catch was that I had to design it based on their business logo. I took a 3″x 3″ sticker with the logo and created a 24″ x 36″ window with over 100 pieces of glass. I frosted the clear glass in my sandblaster and added the company slogan. The red letters are overlaid on a white background. The customer (and her husband) loved the finished window – she gave it to him at the company Christmas party. I loved the challenge of having to turn a small image into a custom stained glass window.

New Hours

We will be changing our hours of operation starting on September 12, 2016.  For your convenience we will be open in the evening on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.  Classes and workshops will be held Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.  Open Studio will be on Saturdays and by appointment.

The new hours will be:new-Hours

Sunday     closed

Monday      closed

Tuesday      6:00pm – 9:00pm

Wednesday     6:00pm – 9:00pm

Thursday        6:00pm – 9:00pm

Friday           10:00am – 5:00pm

Saturday         9:00am – 2:00pm

Class Info

You can now find all of the information about the new classes at Three Rivers Art Glass on the website.  Go to http://threeriversartglass.com/ and click on “Classes” in the homepage banner.  Class descriptions, class policies, and a class schedule for September thru November are currently posted. Remember space is limited so sign up soon and you can give gifts that you made this holiday season.

Repurposing Stained Glass

My latest project was to take the stained glass out of two old casement windows and turn them into hanging panels.  These windows were removed from a house on the old Pittsburgh Cut Flower property in Gibsonia, PA. and replaced with a new, more energy efficient window.  The homeowners wanted the stained glass to remain as a part of the house, so they contacted me.

I brought the windows to my shop and removed the leaded glass from the wooden casement frames.  The perimeter lead was cut back on both sides so I could add a 1/2″ zinc frame to stabilize the glass.  The zinc frame was not enough to strengthen the panel due to the design of the window.  I reinforced the sides of the frame with 1/8″ steel rods hidden inside the zinc channel for a more rigid panel.

After replacing several broken pieces of glass and repairing some crumbling lead work, some loops of braided wire were added to the frame for hanging purposes.  I also included the proper size and type of hooks to support the weight of these panels.

The design of these windows is historical to the property and the house.  I’m glad the homeowners realized this and I’m glad that I was able to repurpose the stained glass so it can remain a part of this home.

 

Restoration Project

My latest project was to restore two 100 year old transoms out of a brownstone in New York City.  I received pictures of the windows via email and was asked if this is a project that I would take on.  “Absolutely” was my response.

The transoms were shipped to me and they were in horrible shape.  The leaded panels were bowed as much as one and a half inches causing some of the glass to break and the entire perimeter of the glass had multiple coats of paint.

After the process of disassembling, cleaning, stripping, reassembling, and polishing the windows turned out great.  What a difference!

The client was extremely pleased with the results and so was I.

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