Sylvie Daunais - Stained Glass Artist

Stained Glass History

Working with lead came started in the 9th century. During the middle ages, all the cathedrals of Europe commissioned magnificent stained glass windows. Between the 11th and 14th centuries, stained glass was reserved for religious art. Unfortunately, between the 17th and 18th century, many of these masterpieces were destroyed either due to weather conditions or war.

At the beginning of the 19th century in Europe, we see a renaissance in this art form. Glassmakers start reproducing antique glass. Around the middle of the century, Americans start experimenting with the production of new types of colored glass. L.C. Tiffany, among others, develops and produces a particular glass called opalescent, which is different from traditional European antique glass. The light goes through, but the glass is opaque. He also develops the copper foil technique used to assemble the pieces of glass.

The art nouveau movement provided a breath of new life for the stained glass trade. The movement spread throughout Europe and North America in the early part of the 20th century. The lamps and windows produced by L.C. Tiffany Company and other firms increased the popularity of stained glass, bringing its beauty into homes, offices and public buildings. Unfortunately, during the 1930’s and 1950’s, the craze for this art lost ground.

Today, stained glass is once again becoming popular, as people learn to appreciate its warmth, variety and applications to many different forms of artistic and decorating expression.

     Les Verriers du Québec, Éditions Le Broquet Inc.
     Introduction to Stained Glass, Wardell Publications


Here is a very brief description of the different techniques used in the art of stained glass.

There are two mounting techniques: copper foil and lead came. The choice of technique depends on how large the piece is and especially where it will be installed.

Copper foil

Usually used for smaller pieces. It also allows for very fine solder seams. Not recommended for pieces that are subject to constant vibrations.

Lead came

Used on very large pieces or pieces like: doors, windows, room dividers, skylights, etc.. This type of mounting allows flexibility to absorb vibrations. Strengthening rods are often used to increase the life of the piece by evenly distributing the weight on the frame.

In order to avoid structural problems and prolong the life of your piece, there are certain rules to be followed. If you have any questions concerning mounting or about the different qualities of glass, do not hesitate to call me and I will be happy to arrange an appointment with you at my workshop.

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