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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The images of New Heaven leaded glass domed skylight project will be added to my artist's folder in the Corning Museum of Glass' public archives at the Rakow Library - the largest single collection of images of contemporary glass. Sweet! Little thing but very pleasant Leaded glass dome skylight
Large leaded glass dome skylight
Leaded glass dome with ornamental scroll
Leaded glass skylight with ornamental scroll
Leaded glass large dome with ornamental scroll


 


 
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We are very happy to own and operate a CNC cutting machine from Flow Water jet. This is one of the most versatile tools available today. The machine can cut through any type of the material with incredible precision and speed. There are so many types of glass that is not possible or very difficult to cut by hand. The machine opens up for us a lot of technical possibilities that are not achievable while cutting glass by handglass water jet cutting glass water jet cutting
glass water jet cutting glass water jet cutting

All glass professionals know that to cut glass this rough is not an easy task. Not for our water jet machine. It cuts through 4 layers of glass as a knife through butterglass water jet cutting
glass water jet cutting for a large leaded glass skylight
Hand bevelled colored glass laid with water jet cut parts before assembling


 
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Part 2

KIln formed glass parts precut for custom hand beveling folowed by the images of assembled leaded glass domekiln formed glass elements pre-cut for custom bevelingwater jet cut glass for custom beveling large leaded glass dome
custom bevelled glass elements for a large leaded glass dome
custom bevelled glass elements for a large leaded glass dome
Delicate colors of custom beveled glass elements for a large leaded glass dome
leaded glass dome with delicate elusive colors of custom bevelled glass
leaded glass dome with elusive colours of custom bevelled glass and crystal jewels
leaded glass dome with delicate colours of custom bevelled glass
large leaded glass dome with delicate elusive colours of custom bevelled glass


 
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The lost art of hand bevelled glass taken to the new level . Part 1

Custom bevelled colored glass to expose a sole of glass
Colored hand bevelled glass for the dome
Bright and shiny ... colored beveled glass acanthus border and crystal pale jewels are great accent highlights for a large domed skylight.  One of the most amazing elements used in this leaded glass skylight is  custom made hand beveled colored glass. Each piece of beveled glass has a color stretching of delicate elusive colors of neon (lilac), pink, straw and pale blue to expose a sole of glass: transparency, brightness, color, texture.

precut pieces of glass for custom beveling
precut pieces of glass for custom hand beveling
Custom hand bevelled glass preparation
 

The team behind  worked really hard. First, glass was formed in our large computer controlled kiln in a few stages, all elements were programmed for CNC machine and water jet cut in our studio in Mississauga.

Glass water jet programming for custom bevelingGlass water jet cut for custom beveling
After cutting, it was sent to Europe, detained by Ukrainian customs due to uncertain artistic value of content. That caused a few months delay in our production schedule. After explaining customs officers about glass beveling process it was released reaching the beveling studio in Ukraine. Absolutely stunning, fantastic, complex, technically difficult and crazy beveling work done by talented Yuriy Sergeev

Custom bevelled glass for the leaded glass dome
Custom hand bevelled glass for the large leaded glass dome
Custom hand bevelled glass for the large leaded glass dome
Custom hand bevelled glass for the large leaded glass dome


 
Posted By Victoria Balva

It took one month, many 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
 


 

 

 
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