After some hard work, a lot of measurements and a little ingenuity George’s “Chicago Wave” is done and mounted in the client’s home. For those of you that know the Chicago shoreline look at the way the colors of the greens that were used capture the true essence of beach and Lake Michigan. Its a simple design and yet a very artistic tryptic, a wonderful example of using glass as wall art and not in the traditional way as a stained glass window. Nice job George, job well done on the “Chicago Wave”.
Some people have asked me who is F.X. Zettler? Franz Xaver Zettler was born August 21, 1841 in Munich Germany and died March 27, 1916 in Munich. He was a designer and stained glass painter in Bavaria and many of his stained glass pieces can be found in the US. Here is a quick Youtube clip for you, I would suggest turning the music off or down.
Repair and restoration is one of many things that we do at Suevel Studios and I have to say it is one of my favorite parts of doing stained glass. Don’t take me wrong, new work and commissioned work is fun, but the challenge of repair and restoration of old windows, or for that matter newer windows, challenges the mind at another level and I love a challenge. Part of the challenge is to make the repair hard to see with the naked eye or almost invisible. To help complicate things throw in the age of the glass and that you can seemingly never find a perfect match, then add in all the rest. Like how the original artist built the window, any other repairs that were done by someone else, matching the lead, solder, cement, the list goes on and on. In this repair we had to match two pieces of glass. I know they are only pictures, but not too shabby of job, even if I do say so myself.
The studio will be closed July 3 (for Eric’s Birthday) and Saturday (for Independence Day) Happy Fourth of July! We will resume normal business hours on Tuesday, July 7th. Enjoy the holiday and be safe!!
So you saw the Beecher Mausoleum building that we are working on in an earlier post. Here is what we have to work with regarding the Beecher Mausoleum stained glass windows. Currently all the existing stained glass windows have been broken and/or shot out through the years and this is all that is left of more than about 20 windows. Our first step is to do rubbings and take a whole boat load of notes of what we have and then we will be doing a lot of research to get the project moving. Suevel Studios is working with a nonprofit, Beecher Mausoleum, to remake and restore the old stained glass windows; so, the process is going to take a while, but all for a good cause. This mausoleum holds one of President Abraham Lincoln’s body guards.
Please note that starting this Month we are switching to summer hours. On Wednesday and Thursday’s we will only be open until 8pm.
Also, for the week of June 6th through June 13th we will only open 10am to 4pm each day because our staff will be attending the SGAA conference in Portland.