Commissioning Architectural Custom Artwork

The key to successful implementation of an artisan’s work is clear communication.

In order for the process to be positive and productive for both parties, it is imperative to define and communicate the intended stylization or theme to the artist. It is also important to select an artist who understands working with concepts. When interviewing or choosing a craftsman, concentrate on their overall technical abilities, rather than solely upon past commissions. Old World art techniques can take on a modern twist in the hands of a skilled artisan. When it comes to commissioning architectural custom artwork, artists capable of problem solving offer the best solution because they can adjust to their clients’ needs. (more…)

Categories: Commissioning Artwork.

Old World Craft, New World Spaces

Old world crafts are finding a comfortable niche in new world, high tech structures.

Ironwork, stained glass, leaded art glass, mosaics, architectural woodcarving, and even faux paint finishes, are adorning our public spaces again. These symbols of a weathered time in history, when detailed construction represented the crowning achievement of master craftsmen, are visual reminders of our ability to stir the soul with great works of art. Handcrafted elements work hand-in-hand with fine art in new hospitality environments, adding warmth and emotional appeal to prospective clients and potential clientele. (more…)

Categories: Carved Glass and Stained Glass.

The Copper Foil vs. Leaded Technique Myth

What’s all the fuss about? Why must one technique be “better” than the other? Why can’t emphasis be placed on high level craftsmanship, rather than the unnecessary and unfounded claims of one technique’s “superiority” over the other?

For those of you unfamiliar with the terms/techniques of copper foil and lead, let me briefly explain:

For centuries, the traditional method of stained glass fabrication called Leaded has utilized H-shaped strips, or came, to capture within its channels, each edge (more…)

Categories: Stained Glass.

Cast Glass vs. Slumped Glass

We are all a bit guilty of casually using the term Cast Glass when describing Slumped Glass. So, why the misnomer? My guess is that architects and other design professionals prefer the sound of cast verses the less romantic term slumped. But the fact is that these are two very different processes:

1) Glass casting is the process in which glass objects are cast by directing molten glass (which is hot ladled from the furnace at temperatures of about 2,192°F to allow it to freely pour) into a mold where it solidifies. (more…)

Categories: Cast Glass.