More than four thousand years ago, the hand of man has borne the glass, this material opens the way to multiple applications, from the most everyday to the most artistic. This stained glass technique, which took off at the beginning of the Middle Ages, is at the source of exceptional light games and decorative effects that are increasingly appealing today.
Historian Jean Lafond defined it as follows: The stained glass is a decorative composition that derives its effect from the translucency of its support. Let us not try to clarify more: the definition might leave aside the oldest as the most recent manifestations of an art that has not yet said its last word.
The stained glass is the result of an ancestral technique reproduced by the artists through the time, which is the result of the Assembly of the crystal with lead, tin or copper. This glass, an essential part of the window, comes from the Saint-Just Company of Saint-Etienne, www.saint-gobain-glass.com, for the Atelier stained by Elise.
After having completed a small scale model, Elise stained Glass workshop reproduces this one at the scale of the stained glass window desired by the customer on a paper called Cardboard. You can ask any subject that will then adapt to the stained glass technique. If an idea is heart-dyed but you don’t know how to draw it or do not have models, ask for sketches and drawings in the workshop. Certainly, you may also ask workshop to cut for you as any shape you demand, but there is the tips for glass cutter. Normally the cutter made by diamond and often the small cutting wheel made of special steel, more hardened steel.
The carton is then demodelled on Canson paper. This thicker is then cut by following the strokes. Each piece of cut paper serves as a template for cutting glass pieces…
Elise’s workshop works with several techniques; Traditional stained glass with lead, Tiffany with copper, enamel and grey paint, fusing…et of course the mixture of all these techniques. Traditional or contemporary stained glass, the atelier it is a pleasure to carry out your projects. The workshop works as well the stained glass window as the illustration and the painting.