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Churches & Synagogue Stained Glass 
Commercial & Residential Stained Glass 

Working with each client, I assess interior issues such as colors, style of furnishings and architecture. Clients often have their own ideas and my job is to take those concepts, and use my artist's eye and observation to create a new design that conforms to the space it is intended for installation.

Depending upon the size of a commission, I do the research necessary for the project. Sometimes it can be as short as a month, or as long as four months as was the case with one commission of 25 panels that were each of significant size and complexity. In developing a design, I consider a whole host of things: variety of themes, history, religious iconography (when appropriate), color, antique glass as opposed to opalescent glass, textured glass, styles of interpretation such as contemporary or abstract perhaps, or neo-classical with a sense of realism and flowing distinctive lead lines.

Painting and firing may also be utilized. I develop one or more concept sketches and then once approved by the client, I proceed toward a final line drawing, purchase glass, and begin construction of the panel. At times when the commission is large and involves several panels, I do color renderings. Often I am called upon to work with committees who are fundraising to pay for the windows. That can include developing payment schedules and/or ideas for fundraising. Completion of the first panel can have a huge dramatic and dynamic result. It is always true that the finished product far exceeds a client's perception of what they think they will get and it gives a boost to the fundraising campaign. I like working with my clients toward that end.

Since stained glass is viewed from the inside, I install most windows by stepping the finished panel in front of an existing space or window, using the established window as a cover for protection from the outside elements. For ecclesiastic commissions, particularly if they are windows for a new site, I encourage the installation of lexan windows, to act as protection. I never install windows with silicone. I merely sash them in with wood channeling, which can facilitate removal later for cleaning or repair of windows. This also gives the client the option to remove the panel and take it with them when they move or sell the property. No window, in my history, has ever suffered a failure of design or suffered damage of any kind. All the windows designed and built up to the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, for example, survived unscathed. For large-scale projects, I generally advise clients to contract with a licensed window glazer (often required by architects, construction companies and county ordinances) separate and apart from the actual signed and approved commission. Once delivery of the panels is made on site and signed over, the client, thereafter, assumes liability. I do, however, continue to oversee installation, making sure windows are installed with the "right" side facing in, and in the case of many panels, installed in the proper order or sequence.
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