Field Trip!

Piece that received new leading

A couple of weeks ago I wrote a post about a stained glass conservator/restorer workshop nearby called Art Glass. Well, today we went to visit their workshop and had a chance to see some of the projects they are currently working on. They gave us a little tour of the workshop  which included an area for commercial glazing, a creative studio for new glass design as well as their restoration workshop.

On the left a piece that received new leading and on the right a broken piece of original glass and three new replacement pieces

 They stressed that they try to retain as much of the original material as possible in the restoration process and returned any unused pieces to the owner. Like book and paper conservation they strive for ‘reversibility’ and maintain a close relationship with the client to create the desired outcome.

One of the most interesting things Philip (our tour guide) brought up was that when many of the nunneries around Ireland were closing Art Glass was contacted and asked to store the stained glass windows. Rather than having them go up for auction or remain in storage many of them have been relocated to other churches throughout the area.  Although it was a quick visit I enjoyed having the opportunity to see another conservation discipline at work and hope to learn more about stained glass conservation in the future.

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