Kansas City Privacy Solutions: Unique Ways Stained Class Can Provide Privacy in Entryways, Bathrooms, and More

Kansas City Privacy Solutions: Unique Ways Stained Class Can Provide Privacy in Entryways, Bathrooms, and More

Kansas City residents may experience privacy issues at their place of residence. This often causes major discomfort, making finding an effective solution top priority. Many privacy solutions have serious downsides like blocking out natural light, looking tacky or outdated, creating an unwelcoming space, not complimenting the rest of your homes decor, and much more. Fortuitously, stained glass presents a permanent solution that boasts beauty and high performance.
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Mackintosh Style Stained Glass: Timeless And Perfect For Your Kansas City Home

Charles Rennie Mackintosh: His Work, His Legacy And His Inspiration

If you haven’t heard of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, you still would likely recognize his stylings. His influence is all around us in art and architecture today and characterized by his signature minimalistic style. He was a prolific designer, artist, architect and furniture builder who attended the Glasgow School and went on to become one of the most influential figures in stained glass art of his time to present day. His popular signature stained glass style includes the Mackintosh rose–easily one of his most popular motifs.

The Beauty Of Mackintosh Style Stained Glass

No one can pinpoint exactly where Mackintosh’s style came from but we do know that the 1890s were a time of great learning and artistic expansion for him. It is around then that he traveled to Italy and then went on to continue his design education. While his style is very different than Italian works of the time, his use and attention to color and romantic Italian themes, like floral patterns show the impact this trip had on his work. However, one would characterize his work as that of modern for his time and is still progressive for today’ world. He was an incredibly influential designer and some people call him the founder of the popular Art Nouveau movement.

The Timeless Mackintosh Rose In Stained Glass

The most commonly known and often used motifs by Charles Rennie Mackintosh are his signature roses. They are minimal but without sacrificing any beauty. Their wonderful natural curves and simplistic textures set them apart from other floral designs, along with is bold colors against clear glass. They are definitely one of the world’s most recognized stained glass motifs and the very picture of doing more with less.

For more information on Charles Rennie Mackintosh watch the video below:

Mackintosh Style Stained Glass For Your Kansas City Home

While no studio today can claim to live up to Mackintosh’s design style, we at Stained Glass Kansas City, offer marvelous stained glass windows in the style of Charles Mackintosh which mimic the beauty of his original designs. Our work will leave you with a sense of vintage nostalgia, and will truly bring his style of work to life in your home. Mackintosh’s designs are definitely as relevant today as they were at the turn of the 20th century and beyond and will look amazing on any home old or new.

Contact us today to learn more about Mackintosh style glass to beautify your Kansas City home.

What is Scottish Stained Glass?

Kansas City Stained Glass is proud to utilize the Scottish Stained Glass process in order to provide Kansas City residential and commercial properties the highest quality custom stained glass available in the United States. Scottish Stained Glass, the industry leader in custom stained glass, is a accredited process that’s been developed over the past 30 years by our founder and president, Martin Faith.

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The Rich And Vibrant History Of Stained Glass In Kansas City

The history of Kansas City’s Stained Glass Industry

Spring has finally sprung, and with the warm weather and sun comes an influx of tourists interested in the historical buildings spread throughout Kansas City. Stained glass art is often a distinctive feature of such buildings.

Kansas City is Home to Countless Works of Stained Glass

In a past article, we talked about two of the most popular styles common in Kansas City – the immaculately ornate religious facades designed by Tiffany Studios, lead by Louis Comfort Tiffany, and the geometric, minimalist Prairie Style stained glass fashioned by Frank Lloyd Wright. It’s no wonder people come to visit Kansas City and do tours of the architecture. Some of the best features are to see the incredible and valuable works of stained glass artistry. Seven of Wright’s beautiful architectural structures are located in the Kansas-Missouri area, and Kansas City is home to many stained glass beauties hiding in local cathedrals and churches. However, many of these works of art were in fact, crafted by local artisans who largely go unknown today.

Why are Glasswork Artisans of the Past Unknown?

While Tiffany Studios and Frank Lloyd Wright are household names (and rightfully so), it was not always these design leaders who created the individual pieces of work. In Europe, artisan work was produced in a guild system where craftsmen would not sign the work they produced, but the master of the guild would instead. This practice continued on as people migrated to the United States, leaving the creators a mystery to us today.

Unknown Artisans of the Past Brought to Light

Bruce Mathews is a talented photographer and writer who published his collection of stained glass artwork around this fair city in his book titled Windows of Kansas City. Thanks to his beautiful photography work and exhaustive research, stained glass aficionados can appreciate snippets of history.

One such example is Charles J. Andrews, who styled and created dozens of pieces from the 1890’s to 1954. Another is Herman J. Schladermundt, who Mathews found to be the one who produced the Glory of Missouri in Peace windows that can be seen in the state capitol House of Chambers in Jefferson City. It is unfortunate that these artisans and numerous others are not more known throughout the city they are displayed in, but it is quite easy to see why one’s eyes are inevitably drawn to these wondrous, colorful panes of art.

Read the PDF below for more information on stained glass in Kansas City:


Contact us today to talk to an expert who can help you find the perfect stained glass to fit seamlessly into your home. And, don’t forget, we also provide repairs and restorations.

Benefits of Creating Custom Stained Glass Design for Your Kansas City Home

Many people have not been exposed to the beauty of stained glass outside of churches. However, stained glass can make a gorgeous accent to any home. Using custom stained glass, Kansas City homeowners can tailor this beautiful decorative element to their own style and taste while experiencing a number of benefits.

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Custom Stained Glass Family Crests For Your Kansas City Home

Why Family Crests Stained Glass Is A Lovely Choice For Your Home

When it comes to stained glass there are many different styles beyond church designs. In fact, there are even more styles than the popular home floral or geometric designs most people are familiar with for homes as well. Not only are there a variety of types of stained glass window designs out there–stained glass is a highly customizable artform too, so you can have a design all your own. One of these less known but fantastic stained glass styles is family crest stained glass. These lovely family heirlooms are customized to fit your family sigil and/ or badge, colors and even your crest’s motto or slogan. Whatever you want to represent your proud family history, can be easily created here at our Kansas City Stained Glass studios.

How Are Stained Glass Crest’s Created And What Do They Look LIke?

As stated above, each family crest is individually crafted, in-house, at Kansas City Stained Glass. The most common shape of family crests are octagonal but which shape we create it in is totally up to you and your family. Since or stained glass crests are create by hand and are extremely durable, they will become an heirloom of your family lasting for generations to come! But, should you want to move your crest to a different home, they also come with a lifetime transferable warranty so they can be passed on to the next generation. If properly maintained these works of art will last 80-100 years before needing repair!

Can I Give a Stained Glass Family Crest As A Gift?

Yes, family crest stained glass makes a lovely gift too! A piece of family crest stained glass can be made as either a window or a free hanging panel. The best part about giving the gift of family crest stained glass is– it is something for the whole family to celebrate and enjoy, These crest represents the proud heritage linked to your family and are simply stunning. We have done crests for schools, fraternal organizations, and similar organizations, so this is a perfect gift for those who are hard to buy for.

To learn more about stained glass watch the video below:

For more information on our custom stained glass creation or to talk to someone about a family crest for your Kansas City home, contact us today!

Pre-Made v. Custom Stained Glass: Choosing What’s Right for Your Kansas City Home

When it comes to deciding your next stained glass investment for your Kansas City home, it’s pertinent to understand the underlying differences and advantages between pre-made and custom made stained glass. Both options have a lot to offer– stained glass can increase home equity, elevate curb appeal, double as a privacy solution, and much more.
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How To Spot Damage In Your Kansas City Home’s Stained Glass Windows


How To Spot Damage In Your Kansas City Home’s Stained Glass Windows

Here in lovely Kansas City and across the country for that matter, the 100-year mark for many stained glass windows is upon us or fast approaching. This is because a myriad of stained glass windows were built shortly after the turn of the century. So it is about this time that stained glass, barring any problems due to accidental breakage or shoddy craftsmanship, will begin to need repair or restoration. If you own an older home in Kansas City area and you have stained glass windows, it may be time to consider having your antique stained glass restored by a professional or at least inspected and cleaned. At the very least, perhaps it is time to take a closer look at it and see if the telltale signs of needing restoration are present. Below are some signs to look for on the stained glass windows in your Kansas City home to tell if it may be in need or repair or just a thorough cleaning.

Look For Deterioration On Your Stained Glass

Many people don’t realize that stained glass is a very durable material and relatively immune to natural deterioration from aging. American glass is extremely stable because of the composition of the glass when it was created last century. However, this does not mean the glass can never be damaged and time will always tarnish it. Some very apparent signs the stained glass in your home needs repair are things like scratches, chips, and abrasions–which also take down its clarity. Chemical agents and smog also build up on your glass–making it look old and dingy, so if your glass looks cloudy, this is probably why. Other signs of more deterioration tiny cracks or chips. Of course, broken panels are a sure-fire sign your glass needs professional help and should be dealt with promptly because they can lead to much worse problems or failure of the glass. If your stained glass has broken glass or missing panels, it is absolutely time to have it restored, because more damage is imminent.

Look For Structural Deterioration Of Your Stained Glass

The most serious way leaded stained glass breaks down is through the skeletal structure that holds the glass in place. This is when the frame itself or the leaded caming holding the pieces of glass together is rotting, deteriorating or sagging. This means frames are approaching total failure and they look bent or saggy. You need to fix it right away lest it totally collapses. When caming starts to fail, you will see missing, bent or broken pieces and more than likely cracking on the glass near or connected to the frame. This type of damage absolutely should be addressed because the stained glass, in this condition, could easily fall out from just a strong wind or vibration.

Look For Signs Your Stained Glass Is Dirt Or Needs Cleaning

Even though stained glass typically needs to be repaired or restored around 100 years of age, sometimes very old stained glass, is perfectly fine In fact, it may just need a deep and thorough cleaning by a professional. Happily, this is a relatively inexpensive procedure and which will bring it right back to its original shine. The reason stained glass gets so dirty is environmental; soot and grime build up on both sides of the glass from things like pollution, smoke, and oxidation. The reason it is critical to have a professional stained glass company clean your glass is because aggressive cleaning or cleaning with the wrong chemicals will cause damage and it could even permanently affect your glass’s transparency or shine. Regular cleaning is also necessary to avoid build-up of chemicals or air pollutants which could lead to long-term damage as well.

See more about stained glass repair and cleaning in the video below:

Contact us at Kansas City Stained Glass to have your stained glass inspected by a true professional today!


Beautiful Ways to Decorate with Stained Glass in Your Kansas City Kitchen

Looking for ways to spruce up your kitchen? Stained glass can make your Kansas City home and kitchen shine! Incorporating stained glass into your kitchen decor is a great way to give your home a high end look. Just like a precious stone, stained glass looks classy and sophisticated. It’s a great way to give your kitchen a touch of glamour and stylistic intrigue.

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How to Incorporate Stained Glass into Kansas City’s Modern Architecture

Kansas City is renowned for its beautiful, traditional stained glass features throughout the historic buildings and homes. Stained glass can often times be associated with antiques, displaying religious and heritage symbolism. Older pieces of stained glass can definitely be associated with all the different art movements, featuring different time periods in art. Modern stained glass is still up and coming, usually underestimated for its versatility and flexible medium. Kansas City architects and stained glass artisans are starting to incorporate modern stained glass into their commercial buildings and homes.
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