"If eyes are the windows to the soul, then windows are the eyes into the soul of a house." - Rose Tarlow
The purpose of windows is to see outside and add light and beauty to the interior of the home. The purpose of stained glass windows is to beautify the home, control light, and provide privacy. Making stained glass windows thrived during the Medieval and Gothic periods when stained glass windows became popular in cathedrals, town halls, and wealthy homes. Stained glass artistry declined and by 1640, stained glass was rare. In the mid-nineteenth century there was a revival of the Gothic style and a renewed interest in the lost art of stained glass making. Tiffany lamps gained popularity as did modern stained glass windows by renowned artists like Louis Comfort Tiffany and Frank Lloyd Wright. The revival was cut short because of the depression and World War ll. Over the last few decades, interest in stained glass windows has revived and it’s also a popular hobby.
Stained glass windows usher in natural sunlight and bring a new level of beauty when colors of the sun filter through and bring mesmerizing palettes of color, warmth and beauty into the home. Depending on the design and purpose, the visual masterpiece can be a focal point leaving a lasting impression. The styles and sizes of the windows range from traditional to minimalist and subtle to bold.
Stained glass is a timeless art form. According to Richard Bohm, owner of Tulsa Stained Glass, “People move their stained glass windows when they buy a different house. They invest time in designing windows that are an extension of their personality, or even a tribute to a person or life event.”
Tulsa Stained Glass, located at 4131 S Sheridan Road, is a full-service stained glass studio and store serving Tulsa since 1975. Owner Richard and staff offer design and installation of residential, commercial and religious stained glass projects as well as restoration and repair of stained glass antiques and heirlooms. Their work can be seen in diverse locations including the bars at Boone Pickens Stadium and the Columbarium at Boston Avenue Methodist Church in downtown Tulsa.
Dan and Stacie Lykins of Tulsa wanted to create something unique in their home providing a relaxing atmosphere. “A spa type of escape where at the end of the day, as the sun shines through from the west, the stained glass window comes alive with vibrant colors providing an amazing area to unwind after a long day.”
Kanya Kelley and her family purchased a home last year with a stained glass window already in it. “The window is a pretty focal point to the room and provides privacy. We get the light without seeing the neighbor’s house.”
Richard utilizes his experience and knowledge of materials and techniques to deliver fresh artistic adventures and passion while honoring the centuries-old craft of traditional stained glass.
If you would like more information on stained glass windows or stained glass window making classes visit TulsaStainedGlass.com or call 918.664.8604.