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

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
 


 
Posted By Victoria Balva

My partner Eugene is a very talented man that plans all our installations, no matter how far they are from our home. After 16 hours of driving with a large trailer loaded with cut in pieces frame, glass panels and tools he performed a very complex installation with the highest results. Welding, lifting, painting, cleaning - the result is beyond all expectations

on site welding of steel frame for a large leaded glass domeglass panels installation of a large leaded glass dome
leaded glass dome with custom bevelled glass and crystal jewels installation
Victoria Balva - architectural glass artist . leaded glass dome with custom bevelled glass and crystal jewels installation
Acanthus detail. leaded glass dome with custom bevelled glass and crystal jewels installation
In a day light. leaded glass dome with custom bevelled glass and crystal jewels installation
In a daylight dome. leaded glass dome with custom bevelled glass and crystal jewels installation
In a daylight leaded glass dome.
 


 
Posted By Victoria Balva

Our typical large leaded glass dome skylight is combined of 2 - 5 thouthands pieces of glass and 7 - 15 pieces of lead. Designed, cut, assembled, soldered, cleaned and reinforced with steel rebars to withstand gravity, heat and time

Here are just few images that will show you the process of leaded glass skylight fabrication

1. We cut glass using our water jet machine for high accuracy of all glass details

water jet cut glass for the decorative glass skylight dome

 

2. Preparing lead parts for glass asssembling


Lead came parts for the decorative glass skylight dome

 

3. The process of panel assembling, slowly, peace by peace, similar to the medieval artists' technique

 
Leaded glass panel assembling for the decorative glass dome


Leaded glass panel assembling for the decorative glass dome

 

The panel is ready for final soldering


Leaded glass panel assembled and ready to solder for the decorative glass dome


 

 


 
Posted By Victoria Balva

leaded glass barrel / curved skylight for a foyer and a library of a private residence in Miami

Our large barrel / curved leaded glass skylights are ready to be sent to our client in Miami. Hopefully no unpleasant surprises while transporting the glass. Eugene takes a good care about packaging. It is a pity that we can not see the skylight after installation. It will look as a jewel after installation!


 
Posted By Victoria Balva

I am happy to announce that our company was featured in the article Skylight Designs Lighten Up by Nancy Matsumoto - The Wall Street Journal reporter. It is a big event for our small company. When Eugene and I started a business we did not have a possibility to buy a professional glass cutter - that was an expensive tool for us. Few years later we got the best machine possible to cut the glass  - a water jet programmable machine with a price tag over 150 000 dollars. When we moved to Canada I just wanted to be an artist  - an average one ... I had no idea that some day we will find our projects published in the largest and reputable publications such as National Post in Canada or The Wall Street Journal in the USA. 

Follow the link to read the article with our featured leaded glass dome skylight on line.

leaded glass dome skylight featured by the Wall Street Journal

Happy me with a printed copy

Victoria Balva glass artist with featured by the wall street journal leaded glass dome
 


 

 

 
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