October 11, 2016

Origins

In 1999, my mother and I went on a month-long trip to Europe where we visited numerous cathedrals in beautiful cities. One of the main things that stayed with me later was the glasswork I saw everywhere, be it the big tiffany styled stained glass panels or the stained glass elements I saw in different other forms; be it in people’s homes or shops or the cityscapes. I was ignorant about the work that went in to creating a stained glass work of art, I assumed it was colored glass or painted glass attached together.

10 years later, in 2009 I visited France and toured different parts of the country. Again, I visited quite a few cathedrals and museums and the different glass works I saw was just beyond beautiful. My fascination with stained glass grew rekindled and I just fell in love with this beautiful art. I learnt stained glass to be more than just painted glass. I got back from the trip and started researching on it.

I learnt that stained glass is the colored glass used for making decorative windows and other objects through which light passes. All colored glass is “stained,” or colored by the addition of various metallic oxides while it is in a molten state; nevertheless, the term stained glass has come to refer primarily to the glass employed in making ornamental or pictorial windows.

The art of stained glass is the translucent offspring of such earlier art forms as mosaic and enameling. From the mosaicist came the concept of composing monumental images out of many separate pieces of colored glass.
My next blog details my journey with stained glass.