Since 2002, our work has centred around commissions, restorations, bespoke artisan gifts and tuition. Each and every item we produce is unique, due to the inherent differences within the glass sheets we use – so you are always guaranteed a one-off piece that nobody else will have!
A commission from Cariad Glass can be anything from a simple birthday gift through to the creation of a church window - regardless of size of commission, our process remains the same.
Initial sizes are needed in order to provide a guide price as an estimate – glass and lead are expensive commodities, and we offer three levels of commission with this in mind –
Some clients have a firm idea of what they'd like – others are happy to leave the design process up to us entirely. From abstract to Art Nouveau, natural form through to geometric shapes, anything is possible in glass – it’s a wonderfully creative and versatile medium.
We usually start with a very rough sketch to give an idea of shape and form, and from this we produce an initial design idea. In some cases, a site visit is needed, particularly with larger pieces.
Next, glass colours and textures are chosen before the design is finalised.
Depending on studio workload and size of commission, we will usually aim to complete within 8 weeks, but have been known to turn around last-minute orders in just a few days!
Restoration takes many forms – from a full re-lead, repair of broken glass and re-cementing through to a 'make-good' where only the most basic of repairs is carried out.
This does depend entirely on the state of the glass, but more importantly the lead work itself – it is of no help to repair a broken piece of glass if the whole panel/window is in danger of collapse due to degraded lead.
Every effort is made to match the damaged glass colour and texture using reclaimed glass or the vast amount of new glass available. The lead cement in older panels can fall out as the lead deteriorates, making the glass loose. If the lead is sound then a re-cement may be all that is needed.
Chris specialises in the restoration of damaged windows, door panels etc and even Tiffany lamps. A good starting point is to email through a photo of the damaged item to Cariad Glass as an initial contact for a no-obligation idea of costing, again in the case of larger windows a site visit may be necessary.
Our studio provides a spacious working area for adult students of all ages to enjoy a day learning the art of stained glass.
We offer small class sizes (maximum 5 pupils) with both Chris and Justine on hand to offer advice, and a helping hand as pupils learns all aspects of creating their own leaded panel to take home.