Leadlights / Stained Glass
Leadlights and stained glass windows are common in older New Zealand buildings, whether they’re the elaborate pieces seen in churches, or the more simple designs found in houses. Leadlight windows are typically found in buildings from the Victorian and Edwardian eras. Constructed by skilled craftsmen, they were typically based around geometrical designs, which, like most home décor, varied according to fashion. Stained glass started becoming popular from about 1900, and it’s often a work of art in itself.
For more than 20 years, GlassArts has produced custom stained glass windows that are specially designed and crafted for each client.
GlassArts Design can create a concept for you, and custom-make an original piece based on traditional or modern designs. Our design service produces one-off, completely unique pieces – we never just replicate a stained glass window design from a book.
We’ll meet with you to discuss your ideas for your design, and after that we’ll put together a scaled concept drawing for you. We’ll assist you in choosing glass colours and textures, and then handcraft your unique piece, giving you plenty of opportunity to check its progress.
We also offer an installation service for your piece – and all you then need to do is admire it every day.
If your building or house was built before 1930, any original glass in it would have been imported from Britain or America at great expense, so that stained glass window is well worth restoring.
At GlassArts Design we specialise in the restoration of historic stained glass windows. We pay a lot of attention to conservation, and we’re careful to let you know just how much work we can do to restore your stained glass back to its original glory without losing any of its historical integrity.
In addition to restoration, we also offer a repair service for stained glass windows. Depending on the degree of repair needed, we can often make the repair onsite. As with restorations, we approach all repairs with an eye for detail when matching the colour and texture of your glass to ensure the repair is not noticeable.