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.
What is Scottish Stained Glass?
Jun 01, 2018
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.
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May 07, 2018
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.
Apr 24, 2018
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!
Apr 09, 2018
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.
Mar 28, 2018
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!
Mar 24, 2018
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.
Mar 09, 2018
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.
Jan 31, 2018
Kansas City residents agree that the local art scene is thriving and vast. Locals definitely have an appreciation for aesthetics and are always looking for a way to make their Kansas City homes stand out. Have you been considering stained glass but aren’t exactly sure where the perfect placement would be in your home? Here’s our top five favorite places to install stained glass in any Kansas City home; we hope to inspire you on your next renovation!
Jan 10, 2018
Kansas City Homeowners, are you looking for a privacy solution to your bathroom that doesn’t include blinds? Tired of that moisture ruining the curtains or drapes in your Kansas City bathroom? Are you looking for an element of added elegance as well? Leaded and beveled glass windows are the solution for your Kansas City bathroom!
Why Leaded & Beveled Glass Windows for Your Kansas City Bathroom?
Leaded glass, often refers to clear, textured stained glass, offers the best privacy solution for your Kansas City bathroom. Leaded glass blocks out all unwanted views, giving you and your family comfort in your own bathroom. Another wonderful advantage of leaded glass is that it allows all that beautiful Kansas sunlight into your bathroom! No need for tacky blinds or mildew covered curtains, leaded stained glass gives you both privacy and that touch of elegance.
Beveled glass, a clear glass that is ground and polished around the edges, gives a prismatic effect as well as a rainbow effect whenever sun shines through the glass. Beveled glass is frequently used in combination with leaded glass to create a beautiful, timeless look, perfect for really making your bathroom into an oasis. Beveled glass also blocks unwanted views, making it the perfect privacy stained glass combination!
Leaded & Beveled Glass Elevates Your Kansas City Bathroom
Kansas City homeowners agree that elegance is key for any bathroom decor and design. Leaded and beveled glass are the perfect addition to your Kansas City bathroom, there’s no other window options that possess sheer beauty and elegance like this one. Stained glass windows gives every Kansas City homeowner the opportunity to create a custom piece of art and the ability to really curate the theme of their home.
Call today to schedule an in-home consultation on how leaded and beveled glass can bring both privacy and elegance to your Kansas City bathroom: (816) 399-3830