Stained Glass.. An Uncommon Pane
by Cate Murway
Color your world! Do it yourself! Be creative. Experiment and have fun.
The sunlight that enters your home every day has traveled 93,000,000 miles to get there.
Make it glad it came!
Once used only as elaborate embellishments for royalty and places of worship, consider adding stained glass to your windows or other home features for a unique look. It is the perfect addition of art and drama to any décor, contemporary, traditional, country casual and urban chic decorating themes. Incorporating these colorful, elegant windows into your home can add privacy and enhance an air of grace and pristine class in your home, giving it lasting beauty and a unique identity, while letting lots of light shine through.
Feng-Shui [pronounced “fung schway”] is the ancient Chinese art of arranging space and color to achieve a harmonious environment. So whether you are seeking a bold statement with bright colors, or a soft serene atmosphere, or an old-time, nostalgic feel, stained glass can give you all three, personalizing your home with dazzling colors and unique designs.
A beautiful stained glass window panel, transom, sidelight or door helps people remember your home and during the course of the day as the natural sunlight moves through the sky, the appearance of the glass will change. There is a mystery to glass. It is a form of matter with gas, liquid and solid-state properties, not stained as with fabric or wood. It is permanently colored using metal oxides [cobalt, copper, selenium, gold, etc.] while in a powdered state, heated until molten and turned into sheets, ranging from transparent to translucent to opaque. Gold produces stunning cranberry and ruby reds, cobalt makes blue, silver creates yellow and gold, and copper produces greens and brick reds.
Stained glass, as an art and a craft, requires the artistic skill to conceive an appropriate and workable aesthetically pleasing design, and the engineering skills to assemble the piece. Lift the shroud of mystery and take a class at Rainbow Stained Glass. Break into the exciting and challenging stained glass crafting! It’s a hobby for a lifetime and the glass artist is limited only by his or her imagination.
Whatever your style, whatever your personality, you can create your own window into your future.
Integrating a one-of-a-kind piece into your décor has never been easier and you can be as conservative or lavish as you wish and the results will always be lovely.
Hint- stained glass windows make a sophisticated gift because they are beautiful, elegant, nostalgic, rich, unique, classy, inspirational, and/or impressive.
Next time you need a quick but special gift, stop by.
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Rainbow Stained Glass is not merely a gift store; it’s a place of information and inspiration.
Where do you put it once you have made it? There are many options to create a stunning art dynamic within the spaces of your home or business, bestowing individuality, character and beauty. Imagine your company logo or corporate logo spanning [or hanging within] a prominent window, or mounted on a wall in the entryway of your office. Doors, windows, panels, eye-catching signage of all types, unique and functional art pieces, dividers and even tables provide vast opportunities to showcase the timeless charm and appeal of decorative art glass. Add pieces to coffee tables or small window insertions of stained glass panels into cupboard doors to add warmth and a distinct design element for a very appealing color and texture improvement to an otherwise typical array of cabinetry. An electric light source inside that cabinet will greatly increase the effect. Putting a "splashy" window or shower enclosure in your bathroom can be a great way to retain privacy, while also adding beauty and atmosphere. Privacy is an element of security, and stands as a benefit of all window treatments but art glass has an associated benefit that the others do not: light. Personalize corners, nooks and crannies with a kaleidoscope of colors and textures using accent pieces or decoration. Vibrant colors add ambiance and an element of craftsmanship.
A fireplace screen covers that black hole with a free-standing screen of stained glass art. Set a light behind it, or come fall and cooler weather, allow the inviting flickering of the fireplace flames behind the glass to be seen.
Meet the smiling faces committed to customer service behind the counter at your local Rainbow Stained Glass store.
Who are they? Levittown resident owners, Dale enjoys “hard rock” music, especially Pink Floyd and he loves fishing and Marilyn enjoys gardening tomatoes, beans, squash and flowers and she’s partial to cats. They originally opened a small storefront in Andalusia in 1973 and have been located in Bristol for 16 years. They “really appreciate their wonderful customers”. Knowledgeable associates Gail Monachello and Colleen Klingelhoefer are always willing to assist!
Multi-talented Dale [born on Christmas] and Marilyn Bauers [born the day before Thanksgiving] exude competence and reputation. Marilyn confided that she has always loved to draw and do watercolors and oil. She shares her birthday with cartoonist Charles Monroe Schulz [best known worldwide for his “Peanuts”]. And “Believe it or Not”, Dale shares his birthday with American cartoonist, entrepreneur and amateur anthropologist Robert LeRoy Ripley.
Explore the entire wonderful world of glass. As the oldest known form of body adornment, the use of beads dates back thousands of years, or try the art of lamp making in the style of most well known glass artist, Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848-1933), or create mosaics and perfect garden works of art such as stepping stones that not only serve as decoration but are functional as well. Learn to make your own tesserae!
You'll find the Rainbow Stained Glass store brimming with a wide spectrum of creative materials for glass artists for all “transparent dream” glass disciplines including stained glass, glass fusing, mosaics, glass bead fabrication and jewelry making. All high quality merchandise in a warm and friendly atmosphere, helping you to find the artistic side of yourself!
Mount Laurel resident, artisan/scuba diver Chiara Reading often comes to Rainbow for supplies. Her most recent project endeavor is the “Arts for Awareness” fundraiser for the Samaritan Hospice on Saturday 11.07.09. Chiara was selecting through a myriad of “sea blues” for her dolphin and wave artwork.
Patricia Fowler of Langhorne was purchasing supplies to craft a stained glass window for a gift. She’s looking forward to attending the classes offered starting in September.
Call the Rainbow Stained Glass studio TODAY to sign up for the “beginner’s glass” and schedule your classes. The sooner you get started, the more breathtaking projects you can create. It’s your launching pad for discovery of a new artistic outlet.
Dale and Marilyn take pride in their teaching and your learning and enjoyment is their top priority. Classes are professionally taught in a casual, relaxed atmosphere. Class sizes are limited so you receive plenty of personal attention.
“We teach you how to make stained glass, we don’t just ‘project’ people”.
The $150.00 instructional classes being held:
6 week Evening Classes starting Tuesdays [9.8.09] 7pm to 9:30pm OR
6 week Evening Classes starting Thursdays [9.10.09] 7pm to 9:30pm.
[Tools & supplies are extra].
Join in for the hands-on approach to relaxation and artistic expression.
Rainbow Stained Glass, Inc.
custom work. supplies. repairs
815 Bristol Pike [Route 13]
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday 11:00-5:00 pm
Wednesday 11:00-8:00 pm
Saturday 10:00-3:00 pm
closed Sunday and Monday
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