Toronto based art glass studio creates dramatic stained and leaded glass domes and flat ornamental skylights. Combining decorative expertise and technical creativity, Studio's team creates unique and elegant architectural glass projects of sophisticated design and craftsmanship

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Posted By Victoria Balva

It took one month, many of completed and installed glass ceilings and a whole life to develop a project design for our Client in Connecticut. That included research, engineering, planning, hand drawing in a scale 1 to 1, digital drawing and 3D modeling in AutoCAD. It took another month to prepare glass for custom bevelling and to program our CNC machine to cut that glass. I estimate that it is more than 7 000 pieces of glass, 20 000 pieces of lead - all designed, cut, assembled and soldered into one large leaded glass canvas. 

 

Preliminary sketch drawings

 

hand drawing sketches of acanthus design elements for a leaded glass ceiling
Digital drawing and 3D modeling in AutoCAD in 1 to 1 scale

 

Design development and digital drawing of leaded glass dome
Hand drawing in a scale 1 to 1 helps to feel the scale, movement  and joint connections of leaded lines layout. Even without texture of glass the design should look as an intricate art linework with all observed composition rules.

Hand drawing in a scale 1 to 1 of intricate acanthus ornament for large leaded glass dome
Last minute touch ups to the sketch before design presentation to the Client and the Client's team. Working from my home based studio

Hand drawing in a scale 1 to 1 of intricate acanthus leaves for large leaded glass dome

After design was approved, I digitized all skylight elements and programmed the water jet machine for glass cutting

Hand drawing in a scale 1 to 1 of intricate acanthus leaves for large leaded glass dome
Hand drawing in a scale 1 to 1 of intricate acanthus leaves for large leaded glass dome
 


 
Posted By Victoria Balva

Another project inspired by classical leaded glass skylights. I am working on an acanthus detail in scale 1 to 1 in old traditional technique of hand drawing. To feel the material, to understand a scale. I am thinking to fuse glass and then to custom bevel acanthus leaves to put a visual accent into main elements. Of course a lot of crystal jewels and special effects are in my mind

Hand drawing of acanthus ornamental element for a large leaded glass skylight
Hand drawing of acanthus ornament for a large leaded glass skylight
Hand drawing of ornament for a large leaded glass skylight
 


 

 

 
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