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©2015 All rights reserved Sunrise Stained Glass Ltd Hampshire UK | Stained Glass Restoration | Restoration of Stained Glass | Repair | Conservation |
Contemporary stained windows :
As stained glass artists we strive to stir the imagination and senses, integrating meaning with design by working with symbolism and colour together in harmony with the architectural context. We develop designs in close consultation with the clients, parishes and users of buildings and spaces.
Stained Glass Restoration and the Care of Domestic & Church Windows:
The studio has 30 years’ experience in glass restoration and the expert care of historic and valuable leaded church windows and cathedral glazing. We provide a comprehensive service of stained glass restoration including the restoration of metal frames and specialist window cleaning of leaded and stained glass panels.
Our resident designer, decorative glass artist and master glass painter Jude Tarrant is an elected associate of the British Society of Master Glass Painters.
Stained glass supplier:
Our studio, shop and showroom are located in Southsea, Hampshire. To visit our online shop which stocks a wide range of tools and supplies including antique restoration glass and spun roundels please click here:
STAINED GLASS RESTORATION
Sunrise Stained Glass studio has been involved in the conservation, restoration, and protection of the stained glass windows of many historic buildings in Britain however the largest and most extensive of these projects has been the rolling program of works spanning over two decades at Chichester Cathedral in West Sussex.
CHICHESTER CATHEDRAL GLAZING, WEST SUSSEX
The Cathedral was founded in 1075 and is in the Early English (Early Gothic) style with Romanesque (Norman) arcades. Although little medieval stained glass survived the Protestant Reformation there is some fine Victorian stained glass, notably the Lady Chapel windows by Clayton & Bell of 1882, which have now all been fully restored by the craftsmen of Sunrise Stained Glass. A window by the modern artist Marc Chagall is adjacent to the Lady Chapel, and this was conservation cleaned by the studio to reveal the colourful window and abstract painting style as it was meant to be seen when it was originally created.
We use traditional materials and techniques to restore and repair the leaded windows of the past to ensure that they will continue to function as a fully waterproof and windproof element of the architecture. Often original leaded lights windows will have loose and rattling glass, cracked solder joints and/or very fragile lead calmes (this is the network or matrix of lead strips that holds the different pieces of glass together).
As age weakens the lead and solder the whole window can fall apart once lead deterioration reaches a critical stage of decay. We can restore these windows to give you in excess of a further 100 years of life.
LEADED WINDOW REPAIR, RESTORATION, CONSERVATION
Many of the windows in our local churches and cathedrals have been subject to centuries of weather damage by storm, frost, sun and more recently atmospheric pollution from industrial processes. Religious conflicts have caused the destruction of many fine windows such as the loss of much medieval glass including that at Chichester Cathedral during the Protestant Reformation. Even poor standards of previous repairs have caused damage to many fine windows. The complexity of the causes of deterioration of stained glass windows and the range of suitable methods and approaches to their conservation and restoration calls for the highest standards of craftsmanship and experience.
LEADED WINDOW RESTORATION
Often original leaded lights will have loose and rattling glass, cracked solder joints and/or very fragile lead calmes (this is the network or matrix of lead strips that holds the different pieces of glass together). As age weakens the lead and solder the whole window can fall apart once lead deterioration reaches a critical stage of decay. We can restore these windows to give you in excess of a further 100 years of life.
WINDOW CONSERVATION AND RENOVATION
Restoration of stained glass work has progressed around the Cathedral over a twenty year period, starting in the North Transept where the large leaded windows were removed from the masonry, dismantled, cleaned and releaded and refitted with new ferramenta. Since then the towers (Chichester is the only cathedral to have a separate bell tower, like a campanile) West Window, South Aisle and Clerestory windows have all been restored, and the great stained glass window of the South Transept, and the plain leaded antique glass windows of the Cloisters.