Stained glass, like other forms of art, needs to be restored throughout its lifetime to combat the inevitable degradation time brings. There are two ways in which to go about doing this. Which avenue you choose depends on what your ultimate goal is in restoring the stained glass in your Colorado Springs home, church or commercial space. However, either way, is perfectly acceptable aesthetically and will have your stained glass piece looking fantastic again.

Stained Glass Restoration True to the Original Artist’s Intent

When we restore stained glass here at Colorado Springs Stained Glass we make sure we utilize our many well-trained stained glass experts to analyze the original stained glass intent. What this means is looking at the styles of the time the piece was created, understanding the materials of the time and historical context. We then use modern techniques to replicate the exact style of your stained glass artwork as closely as possible to the original artist’s intent. This is the most common restoration we do. The reason for this is new materials are easier to source, better for making the piece durable and are virtually indistinguishable from the original work. However, the appearance could vary slightly and under scrutiny–these changes may be recognized.

Stained Glass Restoration True to the Original Artist’s Work/Style

When we do restorations that stay true to the original artist’s exact style–we do not deviate from materials and techniques that were used in that era and by that artist. While presumably this can be done–it is more difficult and more expensive and sometimes may be impossible Why? Let’s look at Tiffany’s stained glass for instance. To restore a tiffany piece staying true to the very unique Tiffany process, we would need to source glass from another TIffany piece. This is because this stained glass studio often melted different types of glass together to produce a certain look. Therefore, the only authentic way to restore a piece of historical Tiffany stained glass–is with another piece of antique Tiffany stained glass. This could be a hard order to fill.

Stained Colorado Springs for Authentic Stained Glass Restoration

Regardless of which avenue you would like us to use in your restoration, we have many skilled stained glass art restorers who spent years in school getting degrees in restoration. They are trained to keep the intent and style of the original stained glass and they understand the context of the piece. This means we don’t try to place this stained glass in our time but rather attempt to restore it true to the original artist’s intent. We are happy to attempt an authentic restoration using materials as well and will work with clients to discuss how they want the restoration done–true to original stained glass art technique or true to original intent.

For more information on stained glass, art restoration contact us today!

Martin Faith

Martin Faith is a highly skilled stained glass artisan from Glasgow, Scotland. He has been studying the history, evolution, and techniques behind stained glass creation for over 35 years. Since 1991, he has been running his own stained glass studio based out of Colorado. Martin feels a personal connection to stained glass because of his Scottish heritage and has dedicated his life's work to its preservation and continuity. Using the same techniques which have been passed down for generations, Martin uses his expertise to create custom stained glass windows for Colorado Springs homes, businesses, and churches. He and his team have performed countless restorations for aging and antique stained glass and have produced over 50,000 original works to date.