Stained Glass Commissions

"I get so much pleasure from the art work I bought from you and it has been quite a topic of conversation." - BG, Thame

The photos on this page show just a few examples of pieces we've made to commission for clients. In some cases the design was suggested to us; in others, we were given an open brief and asked to come up with some proposals.

We're equally happy to use our copper-foil techniques to make pieces of wall art, or leading with cames to create weatherproof windows or door panels.

Make an impression on visitors

The first photo shows a pair of front door panels made for an artist couple. Featuring their choice of colours and glass, the design also incorporates significant design input from the owners, reflecting the design themes they employ in their own art.

Liven up an outdoor space

The second photo shows a Four Seasons installation made in the leading method (for outdoor weatherproofing), featuring bespoke metalwork and a design that flows through all four pieces. The process of building the panels led to some interesting physical challenges but the finished pieces look great and were well received by the client. A great way to jazz up an otherwise dull space!

To suspend the pieces securely but also allow a degree of movement we hung the pieces from galvanised wire which follows the edges of the panels and is soldered in place in several locations. D clamps secured the hanging points and allowed for adjustment - required to ensure the tops of each panel were level with its neighbours.

Create a feature

The third photo on the right shows a piece commissioned for a modern house and dimensioned to fit a specific space near a well-lit window.
The colours were chosen by the client (as is always encouraged) and the design draws on the client's interest in art-deco and op-art themes. The piece is 1.25m wide and mounted on a shaped board.
The piece can be removed and re-hung if needed.

Obscure a view

The photograph 4th right shows a pair of 1m-high window screeStained glass decorations commissioned to complement a large commission in a modern homens designed to synchronise with the striking turquoise and orange furnishings in a modern home.

The panels obscure a view over a neighbour's house, but unlike a traditional stained glass window, the panels can be separated and moved if required.
We subsequently produced two further freestanding pieces to enliven another window in the same house.

As always, the client was closely involved with the design process, choosing colours and textures and in the final physical realisation.

Create a theme

The fifth photo on the right shows a set of three panels - waterfall, river, wave - designed in response to a brief calling for water themes to complement a bathroom in a Cotswolds house.

The glass choices were arrived at in collaboration with the clients - a service we usually offer, often on a first or second site visit.
The streaky glass gives a sense of movement to the pieces, the largest of which was nearly a meter wide.
The panels were finished ready to be installed by the clients' chosen craftsman, although we will install panels ourselves if needed.

Wall art for a special location

The sixth photo on the right shows a piece called Vela in Vas (Sails In Glass) designed for a couple's London home. The design was presented at full-size, illustrated in watercolours to give a sense of the size and impact before final sign-off was given.

The piece is mounted on a board painted the same colour as the walls, and can be taken down to enable easy cleaning, or if the owners move house. The location was chosen to make the best use of light from a window, to the right of the piece.
We can also fit LED illumination to a piece if needed for extra impact at night.

Art to commemorate a special occasion

Etched detail on a Lighthouse stained glass commissionThe seventh photo on the right shows a freestanding piece made for a house in Cornwall, only a few miles from Porthleven where we hold our 5-day workshop. The design was based on one created for our Porthleven workshop, so it feels like the design has come home!

One of the requirements was to incorporate the number 50 somewhere in the piece. We opted to etch the number on to the yellow glass near the base, as the inset shows.

Traditional leaded stained glass windows

We're often asked to create windows to match existing glazing - perhaps to replace less interesting conventional windows, or to replace damaged ones.
For the two windows shown below, we scoured the country to find modern glass that looked similar to that used in the existing windows.

Both windows are leaded of course, and we also added reinforcing steels as the existing 1930s windows had bowed - due to a weakness in the design. We also used 3 different sizes of lead cames - to match the wide, medium and fine cames used in the existing windows.
We blackened the cames with grate blacking to give the appearance of antiquity. Jenny is displaying our work immediately before crating the windows up to be transported.

A common request is for stained glass windows to be installed behind current ones - provided the windows don't open. We're always happy to advise!

A commission of your own

If you'd like to find out more about commissioning a piece of stained glass art or a window for your own home or business, get in touch.
We'll talk you though the process, and provide an estimate with no obligation.

Our process:

  • Initial discussion of location, design themes, size, installation practicalities, budget and colours - in person or on the phone
  • Site visit to firm up details of location and installation
  • We'll show you trial designs and coloured glass samples
  • Once the design and glass types are agreed we'll begin work on receipt of your 25% deposit
  • We'll send you photos of your piece being made as we progress
  • When the finished piece is ready, we'll deliver it, and if agreed, install it
  • Alternatively, we'll give detailed advice to your installer

Nothing quite matches the pleasure of having a piece of truly unique art in your home, and we often find clients enjoy sharing their new knowledge about how their piece was made with visitors.

Testimonials from clients who commissioned pieces from us:

" Since you installed the wall mounted Stained glass "Kinetic/OP Art" design on Sunday, we have been enthralled by the effect it has had on the area and the variations in tone and colour quality as the light plays on it at different times of the day.

Thank you both for all your guidance with the glass colours to be used, the very clever mounting and the most able way in which you both installed the construction in our home." PD, Bedfordshire

"As promised, here is a picture of the glass in situ – as you can see it has worked brilliantly and we are delighted with the results." NE, Buckinghamshire

"I felt I had to write and let you know that Tree of Life is hanging proudly in our conservatory and is fabulous.  I spend a lot of time gazing at it when I’m sitting in there and am amazed by all the different light reflections it casts at different times of the day!" NN, Buckinghamshire

"Mum loved the glass work, it is sitting proudly in her window, she said the sun comes through it so nicely.
I can't wait to see it in the summer when the sun is higher.
Thank you so much for all your hard work." RF, BFOS

"...we received it ahead of expectation  -  and we were delighted with the craftsmanship and the inspiration"
" NL, South Wales

Get in touch if you'd like a no-obligation chat about your ideas!

Two traditional stained glass leaded windows to complement existing glass
A pair of leaded stained glass windows designed to match existing glazing in a 1930s house - modelled by Jenny!

stained glass commission - two conremporary door panels
Two contemporary door panels for the home of an artistic couple

An outdoor feature - Four Seasons in Stained glass
Four Seasons - an outdoor stained glass installation

Stained Glass wall art commission - kinetic Op art
Stained glass wall art - 'Kinetic Op-Art' - approx 1.25m wide

Stained glass windows made for a modern home by Vitreus Art
Stained glass window screens obscuring an uninteresting view in a modern house

Three water-themed stained glass panels commissioned fora  period home
Three water-themed stained glass panels in a period home

A large stained glass art commission for a private home
A large (1.2m across) abstract piece in a London house

A freestanding lighthouse themed piece with a base in Ash
A large lighthouse design, commissioned for an employee of Lizard Lighthouse in Cornwall; the piece has an etched detail, see inset