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Sourcebook 2015

                                                                          The Stained Glass Association of America

Secular Uses

for Stained Glass

From its earliest appearance in Europe, stained glass has been used to tell stories.                                The ability of stained glass to uplift the

Few other forms of artistic expression are so well suited or have been so often used to express spirit can also be used to great advantage in

a story or recount important historical events as stained glass.                                                    a hospital. The color and light offered by the

While the stories told by stained glass panels are regularly associated with church and medium will serve to lessen stress in waiting

religion, a forum eminently appropriate for the medium, the use of                                                  rooms. Stained glass

stained glass is not limited to ecclesiastical buildings. Stained glass   Stained glass is a craft                  windows are an

is also used to recount the lessons of literature, music, the arts, sci-                                            excellent vehicle for

ence and myriad other fields; from fairy tales to genetics to corporate rooted in tradition but ever- enhancing the mood

logos — or simply to decorate with light and color — the ability of                                                 in a children’s ward.

stained glass to delight and inspire is boundless.                        changing to embrace the tech- Even a hospital cafe-

Few people realize the full potential of stained glass. It can serve                                                teria can benefit

as a focal point in a room or as an accent within an interior. Used in nological advances we enjoy from the use of

an exterior window, wall or entryway, it will beautify the interior                                                 stained                      glass.

space by allowing an exterior view and daylight to enter as it controls today. Stained glass can be tra- Anywhere people

and enhances this imagery.                                                                                          gather, stained glass

When used in the home or business environment, stained glass ditional or contemporary; it can will be a welcome

will give a room a brilliant and ever-changing element that will com-                                               addition.

plement the interior decor. Stained glass can express a favorite theme spark a wide range of mood                   Stained glass is

or avocation of the homeowner. It can express a mood ranging from                                                   a craft rooted in tra-

whimsical and creative to conservative and traditional in the corpo- and emotion. Stained glass is dition but ever-

rate building. It will, as no other medium can, charge a room with                                                  changing to embrace

energy and light.                                                         durable and lasting; a well-built the technological

Stained glass can be used to enhance an exterior view by incor-                                                     advances we enjoy

porating clear glass with colored and painted glass. It can also be stained glass window will today. Stained glass

used to block an unwanted exterior view and still allow daylight into                                               can be traditional or

a room through the use of semi-opaque and heavily textured glass. A require no more maintenance contemporary; it can

well-designed panel complements a building; it neither overwhelms                                                   spark a wide range

nor is overwhelmed by the surrounding architecture. The two exist than a regular window for of mood and emo-

as an integrated whole, to the betterment of both.                                                                  tion. Stained glass is

Many people today are inhabitants of an urban environment. It decades to come.                                      durable and lasting;

is important for those people to have a place that uniquely reflects                                                a well-built stained

and enhances their mood and personality. As urban areas continue to                                                 glass window will

grow, personal space will not get bigger, but it can be better. Stained glass is a valuable tool require no more maintenance than a regular

for enhancing the quality of personal space.                                                                        window for decades to come.

The uses of stained glass are not limited to doors and windows. Stained glass can also                              The craftsmen and craftswomen of the

be used in an interior opening, such as a room or office divider. In this role, it offers a barri- Stained Glass Association of America excel

er between two or more rooms and yet gives a feeling of openness. In the corporate setting, at their art and can assure you a successful

it can be used to divide workspaces, thus offering privacy while increasing available light. In project, from initial design concept to instal-

the home, it can be installed between rooms such as a kitchen and dining area, thus separat- lation. This Sourcebook is your guide to the

ing the two but not dividing them.                                                                                  possibilities offered by stained glass; it will

In restaurants, interior stained glass walls can separate dining areas, allowing for help you put the knowledge and experience

increased light transmission while offering the diners privacy. The stained glass dome or ceil- of the members of the SGAA to work for

ing is an excellent element for providing decoration and atmosphere in a restaurant; the dome you.

can be artificially lit to enhance mood in the room.                                                                                             Ω

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