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.