Window glass art is an element of decorative art related to architecture, an element for the decoration of exterior and interior space. While the mural or the pictures placed in the walls decorate the wall itself with their colours and drawings, they only create the interior colour indirectly, the window glass directly tones the interior air and atmosphere of the building. Decorative glass surfaces made by miscellaneous techniques (leaded glass, glass painting, screen printing, lamination, fusing or the combination of these) are incomparably superior to any other coloured surface. It can be used richly, in a nuanced and creative way to influence the atmosphere of the given architectural space. The surfaces produced by these technologies are designed exclusively to order, taking into account the requirements of the particular environment, to decorate houses, apartments, public buildings or spaces.
Message of glass surfaces
It is important to create stained glass and architectural art glass surfaces in way that shows clear structure, apparent logic, well developed details, contrasts, the use of counterpoints, and generous solutions connecting visual principles. The reason that make stained and other coloured glass surfaces different is the relation to room and lightning. Its subject is not randomly specified, it is formed to suit the very exact architectural surroundings. If being watched from inside when lighting shines through it, these connections should be clearly recognised.
About leaded stained glass
The main speciality of stained glass windows is, that although it includes element from painting, it is not made in the same way. The designing and implementing glass in mosaic like form, often complemented with painted and fired pieces beside each other with the lead rail holding them together, requires artistic skills, knowledge about specific glass materials, additives and the know-how of combining them. The effect is primarily due to the encounter of the two materials with the ever-changing light. The technology and the way of manufacturing look back on close to one thousand years, but this does not rule out the possibility of the creation of today’s contemporary pieces of art through the initiated hands of the architect and interior designer.