The Differences Between Stained Glass and Leaded Glass Windows

Custom oval shaped stained glass window

You’ve heard of stained glass but you’re probably not that familiar with the term leaded glass. Interestingly, stained glass actually is leaded glass. Both terms can be used interchangeably. Stained Glass Vs. Leaded Glass Windows So what’s the difference, then? In general, leaded glass suggests no color is involved while stained glass implies color. If… Read more »

How Does Stained Glass Deteriorate?

Broken Stained Glass

Over time, things can happen to stained glass windows, including damage and deterioration. Broken Glass The glass itself, if poorly processed or impure, can have tiny internal fractures or minor discolorations. Of course good old dirt can make stained glass windows dirty– which can be cleaned, thankfully. And glass, whether we like it or not,… Read more »

How Stained Glass Symbolize Faith

Stained Glass Windows

Did you ever wonder why some Christian churches look so majestic with their spires, bell towers, and gorgeous stained glass windows? Church builders throughout the centuries have tried to make their buildings the most impressive looking buildings in a city. It was and is there way of showing a glimpse of the glory of God… Read more »

Why Do So Many Catholic Churches Feature Stained Glass Windows?

Stained Glass Windows

Catholic churches– especially the older ones– have long been known for their ornate and elaborate stained glass windows. Why do so many Catholic churches have them? Communication For starters, long ago we have to remember that the majority of people couldn’t read. Therefore, when the church wanted to communicate Bible stories and ideas to people,… Read more »

An Interesting Look At the Science of Stained Glass Window

Stained Glass Windows

 Did you know there are people who professionally study glass? Take John Mauro, for instance. He’s a researcher at Penn State who is interested in the physics and chemistry of glassy materials like stained glass windows. He decided to investigate 13th-century glass in order to dispel a longstanding myth that cathedral glass is thicker at… Read more »

Keep These Things in Mind When Cleaning Stained Glass Windows

Cleaning Stained Glass Windows

People who move into homes with stained glass windows often clean everything but their stained glass windows. Why is that? Could they fear they’re going to break them if they dare get near them or touch them? Perhaps. Ideally, if you have stained glass windows in your home or office and you want to clean… Read more »

Things to Keep in Mind When Restoring Stained Glass Windows

Stained Glass Windows Restoration

People often love older homes because they’re more ornate than the plain ones being built today. Back then, between the late 1800s and early 1900s, it seems like beauty triumphed over function more often than not, and anytime you get a chance to see a well-preserved house or building from that bygone era, it’s well… Read more »

How Are Stained Glass Windows Appraised?

Stained Glass Windows

How are stained glass windows appraised? That’s a great question. How do you put a value on something that’s often seen as priceless? Whether stained glass is in a church, synagogue or house, it can be appraised by a professional from the American Consultation of Stained Glass, found online at americanstainedglass.org. Consultants Carrie Crow Thiele… Read more »

The Evolution of Stained Glass in the Art Deco Movement

Stained Glass Windows

The nice thing about the Northeast (places like Philly, Buffalo, Pittsburgh, New York City) is how much it grew in the 1920s and 1930s, to the point where many buildings from that era still stand today, showcasing the Art Deco period’s masterpieces like the Chrysler Building in NYC or Buffalo’s grand City Hall. Before Art… Read more »