Stained or Architectural?

Glass is worked in the traditional way using paints, enamels and stains to enhance the design and modify the light passing through it. The design may be traditional or contemporary.

The glass pieces are held in place by a medium, usually lead calmes or a concrete or resin framework.

This means any glass incorporated in a building or architectural setting.

It includes leaded and stained glass but also encompasses more modern techniques such as screen printing, fusing, bonding, layering, engraving, sandblasting, laser etching, water jet cutting, gilding, digital printing, holographing and anything else that works and passes rigorous safety tests!

Architectural glass may be made up of a number of pieces of glass asembled into a framework (as in traditional stained glass) or based on a single large sheet, as is Patrick Heronís 4.6m x 4m piece for the Tate Gallery in St Ives, Cornwall.