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How Frank Lloyd Wright Influenced Stained Glass Art

Frank Lloyd Wright is America’s architect. He designed more than 1000 houses and sought to make buildings functional yet beautiful. He incorporated artistic elements into his designs and always managed to blend nature and man-made items in a way that made the house feel like a part of nature itself. But his contributions don’t end with architecture. In fact, Frank Lloyd Wright’s stained glass set the tone for interior design and future stained glass creations for decades to come.
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    A Quick Guide to Cathedral Stained Glass Restoration in Fort Collins

A Quick Guide to Cathedral Stained Glass Restoration in Fort Collins

Many churches feel that their stained glass windows are a prized possession. Stained glass is one of the most beautiful and oldest art forms. The skill and labor required to create something so complex and exquisite is remarkable on its own. Cathedral stained glass connects churches to their past, present, and future, standing as a reminder of their history and growth. That’s why many churches choose to opt for cathedral stained glass restoration in Fort Collins when their stained glass starts to deteriorate. Restoring stained glass can extend its lifespan substantially and keep it in its most beautiful condition.

A Look at Marc Chagall:  Stained Glass Artist

Marc Chagall The Fine Artist
The famed artist Marc Chagall is well known in by nearly any art lover in the world.  You too have likely heard of him. A Russian-French artist by birth, his creations grace galleries, churches, home, and school worldwide.  He was an early modernist–although he was not exclusive to that style. His vast painting portfolio of work includes “The Poet or half-past three” pictured below.

As mentioned above he was mostly associated with the modernist movement but was definitely known for amazing work in a number of stylistic categories. Likewise, he created art in many different formats painting, book illustrations, stage sets, ceramic, tapestries art prints notwithstanding.
Marc Chagall The Stained Glass Master
A prolific artist known for his intuitive use of color, Marc Chagall was also, a stained glass artist.  In fact, Marc Chagall’s stained glass windows grace chapels and schools around the world But, Chagall didn’t start working in stained glass until his 70’s–which is amazing considering how many pieces he created and sheer talent of his stained glass work.  It is also no surprise that he was such a success in the stained glass medium either because, in all of his artwork, Chagall was incredibly in tune with light and color–a skill he easily transferred to stained glass creation. This attention to exactly how and where light would shine through his stained glass windows coupled with the clever exploitation of glass properties to instill the most amazing colors–were the keys to his overwhelming success.  
Marc Chagall Stained Glass For Churches
Chagall did quite a few church stained glass windows though his artistry was not solely bestowed upon churches.  Although he did do many church stained glass [...]

Beautiful Examples of Stained Glass Throughout Europe

Stained glass has such an interesting, deep-rooted history that goes back centuries to Europe. Modern-day stained glass artisans can really learn a lot from these historic pieces of stained glass. Understanding all the different techniques can really implement a new artistic style and offer inspiration for current stained glass pieces. Stained glass throughout Europe offers some beautiful examples that can really provide such beauty and historical value. One of our favorite examples of stained glass in Europe is the Gothic style stained glass windows housed in Sainte-Chapelle.
Sainte-Chapelle Historic Stained Glass Windows
Sainte-Chapelle is a famous, historic church that is located in Paris, France. This incredible Gothic-style church is home to 1113 stained glass pieces that make up 15 stained glass windows. Each of these 15 stained glass windows is almost 50 feet in height, drawing the viewer’s eyes upward toward the magnificent details. The 1113 stained glass pieces are all different and unique, portraying a significant scene from the New and Old Testament. In addition to biblical scenes, some historical events in France are also captured through these incredibly detailed works of art. The stained glass features almost make the building look as if it was completely built out of glass, lending an incredible open feel that’s traditional to historic churches and their intention of stained glass.
Sainte-Chapelle Inspired Stained Glass for Your Fort Collins Church
Fort Collins Stained Glass is proud to be the leading custom stained glass studio serving the Fort Collins area. Churches from all different denominations can all take advantage of the amazing benefits that custom stained glass has to offer. Sainte-Chapelle offers endless inspiration in both design and symbolic messaging, providing a great source for churches. Experience more [...]

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    3 Things To Consider Before Having Your Church Stained Glass Restored

3 Things To Consider Before Having Your Church Stained Glass Restored

Stained Glass Restoration Tips For Fort Collins Churches
You may have noticed that any of the beautiful Fort Collins churches fortunate enough to possess their original stained glass windows are definitely starting to look worse for the wear. Due to manufacturing constraints at the time, stained glass made in the early 20th century begins to deteriorate at the 80-100 year mark. Besides missing panels claimed by neglect and the weather, bowed frames may be apparent, as well as sagging in the leading or cracks in the glass panes.  Fear not, though, for these iconic stained glass fixtures in Fort Collins churches can be renewed and restored for another 150-200 years with our know how. As with all restoration undertakings, here are a few things for your church to consider.
What Will Your Fort Collins Church’s Stained Glass Restoration Cost?
A full restoration of church stained glass can reach easily into the thousands of dollars.  But, this not only restores the splendor and preserves it for future congregants and admirers, but contributes to the maintaining the rich historical endowment of Fort Collins as well.  When initiating a stained glass restoration project, we urge you to get a full and thorough estimate of the time and costs associated with the program.
How Long WIll The Restoration Take?
We at Fort Collins Stained Glass, a first-rate church stained glass repair operation, understand very well the time and attentive care needed to repair stained glass to its former glory.  This is no quick overnight fix! So, should you decide to undertake stained glass restoration on your Fort Collins church, please be certain that your church can make do with the temporary windows that will be in place from [...]

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    Custom Stained Glass Installation Benefits for Fort Collins Temples and Churches

Custom Stained Glass Installation Benefits for Fort Collins Temples and Churches

Houses of worship have traditionally used stained glass for many reasons. From teaching the illiterate about biblical passages to maintaining sunlight exposure and aesthetic purposes, stained glass has always been a significant part of any church. For new builds and historic churches alike, considering custom stained glass is always a great investment. In addition to heightened property value, religious stained glass provides numerous benefits for your congregation and community.
Advantages of Custom Stained Glass for Your Fort Collins Temple or Church
Custom stained glass offers a great way to present what’s important to your flock. Portray inspirational religious figures, biblical quotes, meaningful colors, and much more with stained glass! Create eye-catching designs that light up whenever the sun hits your windows for that beautiful glow. Stained glass is also quite functional offering seclusion for your congregation while they focus on service or individual prayer. By blocking unwanted views without obstructing sunlight, lighting bills are also lowered as a result. Incredible custom stained glass designs are often coveted by churches since they can quickly become an attraction in themselves. Custom stained glass can attract new congregation members, tourists, as well as help retain members.

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Custom Stained Glass Design Process for Fort Collins Temples and Churches
Finding the right stained glass studio can make all the difference for custom religious stained glass. The price shouldn’t vary much from contractor to contractor due to consistency in glass and supplies, making finding the right artist first priority. Our team will work directly with your stained glass committee in order to brainstorm designs as well as hand sketch any ideas you already have. Through numerous sessions and CAD-assisted [...]

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    What Do The Stained Glass Windows On Your Fort Collins Church Signify?

What Do The Stained Glass Windows On Your Fort Collins Church Signify?

Stained Glass And Its Symbolic Meanings
We are lucky enough here in Fort Collins, to have quite a bit of lovely stained glass. All around our wonderful city, churches, and chapels large and small, have some of the most outstanding stained glass in the country to grace our houses of God. But, what many people may not know is–stained glass here in Fort Collins and around the world actually has extremely deep meaning in its symbols and colors. In fact, most stained glass on churches is symbolic of other deeper spiritual concepts. So, besides being awe-inspiring, stained glass has meaning too. If you want to understand what the stained glass in your Fort Collins church represents, read below to find out more.
Why Symbols And Colors Were Used On Stained Glass
In churches here in Fort Collins, and around the world too, the symbols on wood carvings, tapestries and stained glass have meaning. While stained glass windows were made to be magnificent, they also had a dual purpose as an education tool. In the Gothic times, poor people were unable to read, so the churches by using pictures, symbols, and colors, were able to educate the commoners by using stained glass much like a picture book. In fact, stained glass windows were called “ The Bible of the Poor” due to the fact they were so heavily involved in instructing illiterate peasants. However, even after reading became the norm, these symbols, and colors, already established in their meaning, continued until this day to be used to convey specific spiritual messages.
Common Stained Glass Symbols And Colors And Their Meaning
Jesus:  Lifelike images, crosses, lambs, shepherds

The Holy Spirit: flames, winds, a white dove

The Saints: a [...]

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    The History of Stained Glass: From Early Beginnings to Present Day Fort Collins

The History of Stained Glass: From Early Beginnings to Present Day Fort Collins

Today, stained glass windows are very common place in churches, temples, and other religious buildings. And some people even choose to add stained glass to their home for privacy reasons. But have you ever wondered where stained glass windows came from? After all, what inspired artists to begin creating windows out of colored glass? And how did a tradition that gained popularity in Europe make its way to Fort Collins, where stained glass can be seen today?
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    Address Privacy Needs in Fort Collins Homes with Leaded Glass

Address Privacy Needs in Fort Collins Homes with Leaded Glass

Fort Collins is filled with some beautiful, eclectic homes that bring warmth throughout the differing neighborhoods. Many of these homes were built within close proximity to their neighbors, leading to privacy concerns that are common within many communities in our nation. In order to maintain that unique charm that many of these homes possess, window coverings should be avoided. Window coverings are great for privacy, but they take away from the aesthetic of your home while dimming light transmissions. Leaded glass offers the best privacy solution that will actually enhance that eclectic feel so may homeowners cherish.
Leaded Glass Advantages for Fort Collins Homes
Leaded glass is a type of stained glass that differs from traditional stained glass due to its clear appearance. With numerous different textures, leaded glass effectively addresses privacy while allowing homeowners to customize their exact design. Leaded glass provides a more contemporary approach to stained glass that allows an abundance of natural sunlight into your home. With gorgeous custom bevels and unique accents, homeowners can create everything from simplistic designs to intricate, detailed stained glass windows. Leaded glass is perfect for obstructing unwanted views into your home from nosy neighbors and strangers passing by. By adding leaded glass to your home, you can achieve built-in, permanent art that’s both beautiful and functional. Accomplish that beautiful, grand, custom look with custom leaded glass.
Leaded Glass Design Process for Your Fort Collins Home
Work with our custom design team to create the stained glass feature of your dreams! One of our lead stained glass artisans is happy to sit down with you in order to hand-sketch your custom creation. Our portfolio has over 80,000 completed, custom stained glass windows that can provide [...]

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    Churches With Restored Stained Glass That Are A Must See For Stained Glass Lovers

Churches With Restored Stained Glass That Are A Must See For Stained Glass Lovers

Restored Churches Review: First Congregational Church
Across the USA there are a number of churches with simply astounding stained glass. One part of the US that as quite a bit of vintage churches and stained glass is New England. of the For example, The First Congregational Church in Greenwich, CT is home to some of the best stained glass window in the country. The stained glass housed in this chapel is fantastic and the result of a restoration that took place back in 2008 and 2009. Their stained glass windows are as numerous as they are marvelous and great examples of work by numerous artists such as J&R Lamb Studios, Helen Sickles Hull and Marguerite Gaudin on top of that. As admirers of church stained glass and impressive restorations ourselves, we, at Fort Collins Stained Glass, have taken the time to begin highlighting some of the most lovely, restored stained glass windows in the USA for our readers. Read below to enjoy the lovely work housed in The First Congregation gorgeous church which is also available online in their virtual stained glass window tour on their website!
Chancel Stained Glass Window
Designed and made by Willet Studios in 1960 this stained glass window is not only beautiful but inspirational. Beyond the fact that this window comes alive with gold highlights in the evening as the sun is setting is the fact that this window’s intricate imagery represents all sorts of spiritual icons and events from Palm Sunday to ash Wednesday and from Pentecost to all four gospel saints: Matthew, Mark, Luke, And John.
Tower Room Stained Glass Window
One window that stands out in originality is the Tower Entrance window pictured above. The delicate [...]