Iona Art Glass

Iona Art Glass At Iona Art Glass, we design and create new stained glass windows for places of worship, public buil
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Sally’s roundel is complete and ready for fitting into a larger window in her home!🍃This work was based on the clients f...
09/09/2023

Sally’s roundel is complete and ready for fitting into a larger window in her home!🍃

This work was based on the clients family emblem and love of Scottish folklore, which is often sea related. 🌊

The leaf was created using fused Bullseye glass and the surrounding pieces are HartleyWood.

Made in-house by our employee Vivienne Kelly

07/08/2023
03/08/2023

The Rose Window, created in 1867 for the Methodist Church in Inverness, has begun its restoration process in the hands of experts from Iona Art Glass, specialists in conserving and restoring stained glass. The window will become a focal feature within the interior design for the new Inverness Castle...

What a transformation! Would you believe us if we told you this was the same glass just cleaned and re-leaded? This fros...
21/03/2023

What a transformation!
Would you believe us if we told you this was the same glass just cleaned and re-leaded?
This frosted glass had turned brown from years and years of ni****ne staining! With careful work though, we were able to clean it up, replace any broken pieces and the result is a set of windows that look brand new🤩
One of the most satisfying cleans ever , we hope that the guests at this hotel can appreciate these windows for years to come

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Something about this little angel has us feeling festive ! 🎄👼This painted infill just came out of the kiln today and was...
08/12/2022

Something about this little angel has us feeling festive ! 🎄👼

This painted infill just came out of the kiln today and was created to replace some missing glass within a stained glass window. The design closely follows evidence elsewhere in the window and neighbouring panels. We carefully selected the right colour of silver stain, grisaille paint and glass to get a good match!

Before and after. Unfortunately vandalism does happen. Protective glazing and a leaded panel were damaged in Blyth. We h...
09/11/2022

Before and after.

Unfortunately vandalism does happen.
Protective glazing and a leaded panel were damaged in Blyth.
We have now fixed the damaged panel - a partial relead, and reinstalled it.
The old protective glazing has been removed and we have replaced it with long-life UV-protected polycarbonate. This hopefully should prevent further damage whilst also prolonging the life of the leaded panels.

20/09/2022

Broken border pieces by William Wailes have such detail in the paintwork it would be incredibly difficult to repaint by hand so we decided to screen-print we also believe this design was originally screen-printed due to each piece being identical. This not only saves on time but also allows us to recreate the designs in great detail. Here you can see all of the steps we go through from cutting the glass to adding the yellow silver-stain at the end. These pieces are now ready to be added into the panel and go back into their new home.

We do not own the rights to this music

03/09/2022

Part 2 ⛪️

We're so happy to have Vivienne Kelly Glass  as the newest member of our team! Despite being new here, she's already mad...
17/03/2022

We're so happy to have Vivienne Kelly Glass as the newest member of our team! Despite being new here, she's already made and installed a panel with us👷🏻‍♀️
This panel was removed from an opening casement that was rusted shut and too high to use and the bottom of which was filled with a sheet of glass with lead stuck to the outside in a bad imitation of leaded quarries.
Although a small job, it's still very satisfying to see the finished results which make a big difference to the aesthetics of the church as well as the practicalities of now being wind and weather proof.

A recently completed project of ours.5 lancets have been restored to St Helens church in Lowfell, Gateshead where the pa...
18/02/2022

A recently completed project of ours.
5 lancets have been restored to St Helens church in Lowfell, Gateshead where the paintwork had been very badly eroded to the point where most of the figures faces were blank.
We believe that at some point, cleaning had been attempted on these windows with an acid that almost totally wiped away the paint. In some places this acid had also spilled onto the panels leaving obvious drip marks in its wake.

We have repainted the lines of major features, mainly faces and hands, so that they are once again visible. This painting is done on the back of the panel so as to not disturb the original paint work. The first image shows these new additions- the pale lines in the faces are hair are the newly painted lines.
The other images show the transformation of the panels now that their features have been restored.

We've got lots of new panels in the workshop to keep us very busy at the moment.Some of these are very distorted out of ...
02/02/2022

We've got lots of new panels in the workshop to keep us very busy at the moment.
Some of these are very distorted out of shape which can be caused by the lead used in construction being too heavy for the panel to support and by a lack of supporting tie bars on the window when in position.
The bowing is so bad that these panels will be completely releaded - the start of this process is shown here :
The panel is rubbed so we have a record of how it came to us, then stripped of its lead, then the glass is laid in position in trays to be cleaned before the repair work can truly begin!

From sketches to  in situ! This dog owner came to us with a commission to add their beloved pets into a pre existing win...
15/10/2021

From sketches to in situ!
This dog owner came to us with a commission to add their beloved pets into a pre existing window
The dogs were painted from images sent by the owner and are now installed in the house where they can be admired by the furry duo!🐶💕

Our newest project is a set of 5 windows that make up the east end of St Helen's, Lowfell These have all suffered quite ...
24/09/2021

Our newest project is a set of 5 windows that make up the east end of St Helen's, Lowfell
These have all suffered quite severe paint loss, especially noticeable on the faces of the figures shown (and they are also pretty filthy once you see them up close!)
We have removed all 5 windows and replaced them with Environmental Protective Glazing. Once the repair and restoration of the windows has been completed, they will be reinstalled in metal frames just in front of their original position so they are protected from the elements by the external glass.
Keep an eye out for future posts about this work as it is sure to keep us busy!

Almost 1 year to the day, we were at St Helens, Low Fell. This week we are back again, working on the East End. Make sur...
21/09/2021

Almost 1 year to the day, we were at St Helens, Low Fell. This week we are back again, working on the East End. Make sure to follow us to see some working progress pictures!⛪

St Helens Church, Low Fell

03/09/2021

Follow along as we solder a panel!
After a total re-lead, panels are soldered both sides at every lead joint and then they are ready for cement 😍

And they're done! A full row of clerestory windows that had been sadly (and heavily) vandalised have now been installed ...
30/07/2021

And they're done!
A full row of clerestory windows that had been sadly (and heavily) vandalised have now been installed with protective polycarbonate in front to ensure they stay perfect from all kinds of damage
We hope this community takes pride in its beautiful church and the repair work that has been undertaken!

Our big piles of glass has turned into big piles of panels! (Far too many to fit in one photo👀) 42 panels have been lead...
22/07/2021

Our big piles of glass has turned into big piles of panels! (Far too many to fit in one photo👀)
42 panels have been leaded up, cemented and prepped to go out on site , now just to fit them and put up protection✨

Sometimes it's good to take a step back and appreciate a good days work! These windows in the vestry had sadly suffered ...
18/06/2021

Sometimes it's good to take a step back and appreciate a good days work!
These windows in the vestry had sadly suffered some vandalism right across the bottom of every panel. They have now been carefully repaired and replaced in this lovely church at the heart of the local community ⛪😍

Last week we removed 21 windows that had been badly vandalised, each one made up of 2 panels.That meant that this week w...
11/06/2021

Last week we removed 21 windows that had been badly vandalised, each one made up of 2 panels.
That meant that this week we stripped 42 panels from their lead and cleaned all those quarries and border pieces!
These are the piles of unbroken glass after cleaning ready to be leaded into new windows.
It's not very often that we have to do such a big batch job as this but we know the church will be looking forward to having their glass back so it looks like it's going to be a busy few weeks!💪⛪

20/05/2021

Ever wondered how we weatherproof our windows? ☔

Here are 2 time lapses of adding lead-light cement and cleaning it off.

We add the cement into the lead and fold it down, then add chalk to help the cement set and it leave it for at least 2 hours before cleaning and polishing.

This is only part of a window which was removed for repairs, keep your eyes peeled for an update of it being fitted! ⛪👷‍♀️👷‍♂️

01/05/2021

Team work makes the dream work!
Throwback to installing these panels at Blyth into their custom made metal framework
It's so great to have such a cohesive team on site working together (even if some members do occasionally block the cameras view😉)
Having a strong team to work with, the work passes quickly and easily!

Amazing to see what a different some new protection can make! The beautiful windows of St Johns can now be appreciated f...
24/04/2021

Amazing to see what a different some new protection can make!
The beautiful windows of St Johns can now be appreciated from the outside while also being protected from the elements and vandalism
(Don't worry, this is a progress picture, of course we replaced the tracery protection as well!)
The old plastic is very useful for us in the cutting process though, as we use it to make templates so that we can cut the protection to exactly the right shape for the windows

We've been fortunate enough to spend this beautifully sunny week outside enjoying the Spring! We're replacing the old an...
17/04/2021

We've been fortunate enough to spend this beautifully sunny week outside enjoying the Spring! We're replacing the old and brittle protective glazing on St Johns Church in Durham with new, clear polycarbonate protection that will protect the glass while keeping the windows ventilated

10/04/2021

This week we replaced the final windows in St Mary's Cathedral in Newcastle so here is a video of us taking the first one out!
These panels were removed for their protection because serious work was being done to their surrounding stonework but while they were out we didn't waste the opportunity to work on them
All those mended Victorian plated pieces mentioned in a previous post come from these panels, (one of which was completely stripped and re-leaded) and our recent posts about traceries have also been about this job!
It's been a big one but the results are spectacular! The internal scaffolding will be down soon so this beautiful east window will be able to be appreciated again🥰

This beautiful building in Blyth now has some beautiful windows! The King's Head pub is now reopening as a cafe and hous...
02/04/2021

This beautiful building in Blyth now has some beautiful windows! The King's Head pub is now reopening as a cafe and houses the RePUBlic art gallery!
The checkerboard pattern was approved by the conservation officer to keep the original textured glass while brightening up the space and allowing natural light into the building
The windows are firmly secured with custom metal work and we think the overall finish is wonderful!
Check them out on a visit to Blyth and let us know what you think while you're enjoying some coffee and art 😍

Once a panel is re leaded and soldered, the lead has to be cemented to keep it strong and weather proof. This is a very ...
21/03/2021

Once a panel is re leaded and soldered, the lead has to be cemented to keep it strong and weather proof. This is a very messy process! The cement is applied behind all the lead, the lead is folded down to seal it in then the glass is cleaned off. To dry the cement, it is covered in chalk and left for at least 2 hours then cleaned again. Finally the leads are scrubbed, blackened and buffed
Once both sides are cemented the panel is ready to be reinstalled into its home!

This leaf in the corner of a tracery window was badly broken so we removed it and replaced it with a newly painted repla...
14/03/2021

This leaf in the corner of a tracery window was badly broken so we removed it and replaced it with a newly painted replacement. This is done through a process called a 'stop-in' where the lead is peeled back from the piece, the old cement in cleared out and the new piece is carefully slotted into its new position.

Special day here as Tasha married Toby. ❤ Hope they have a wonderful day and we look forward to having a married woman b...
12/03/2021

Special day here as Tasha married Toby. ❤ Hope they have a wonderful day and we look forward to having a married woman back at work.

We always strive to retain as much of the original glass as possible, so when pieces have complex breaks or pieces missi...
06/03/2021

We always strive to retain as much of the original glass as possible, so when pieces have complex breaks or pieces missing from them, our first step is not to repaint them. Instead we seal the breaks and fill the holes with resin that is carefully matched to the colour of the glass.
This process has many stages, first the fragments are pieces together and sealed with wax. Then the resin is prepared and applied. The resin has to set in a heated environment, then the wax can be removed.
At this stage thin, 3mm plain glass is cut to the exact shape of the mended piece and attached to the back using silicon. This gives strength to the piece so that it won't break again
Finally, if needed, the resin gaps can be painted so they seamlessly blend with the rest of the piece. It is now ready to be replaced into its window!
This week we mended over 70 broken Victorian pieces through this process!

This week we re-installed 2 panels at Matfen Hall as the culmination of an ongoing project to repair and renovate these ...
27/02/2021

This week we re-installed 2 panels at Matfen Hall as the culmination of an ongoing project to repair and renovate these windows.
These panels were literally falling out of their stonework when we arrived and needed to be taped together as we removed them. We stripped away the very weak and damaged leads, thoroughly cleaned all the glass and re-leaded the panels again with thin but strong lead as well as repairing the breaks.
These panels provided a good challenge as the glass is only 3mm thick and very fragile but they have been restored now into the grand window of a very beautiful hotel.
We're sure that once hotels can reopen, this window will be a fantastic addition to many happy holidayers

This week we visited a church where very sad vandalism had caused a row of chancery windows to be badly damaged. Some of...
20/02/2021

This week we visited a church where very sad vandalism had caused a row of chancery windows to be badly damaged. Some of the damage can be seen here with bent leads and broken glass which was skattered throughout the church from the impact.
We borded up these windows to prevent the weather getting in and will be returning to repair the damage and install protective measures so this cannot happen again.
We're excited to return this church to its beautiful state as soon as possible!

This panel was constructed as a practice for our apprentice, she saw it through from the design to its completion learni...
05/02/2021

This panel was constructed as a practice for our apprentice, she saw it through from the design to its completion learning lots at every stage!
Each step of the process is so important, here are a few images showing how a panel comes to life when created from scratch

This week we've been sheltering from Storm Cristoph inside this beautiful glass dome! We have replaced broken panes in s...
23/01/2021

This week we've been sheltering from Storm Cristoph inside this beautiful glass dome!
We have replaced broken panes in situ and cleaned the dome in its entirety to reveal it as the stunning feature that it is.
The results are some achy necks and backs for us but, most importantly, an appreciation for this lovely glass structure in its restored state!

A view of Amble's 2 coastal rowing boats and Coquet island in the background. Painted on 1 piece of glass. It was made f...
02/01/2021

A view of Amble's 2 coastal rowing boats and Coquet island in the background. Painted on 1 piece of glass. It was made for a Christmas present.

24/12/2020

Merry Christmas and a happy new year from all of us at Iona Art Glass 🎄🎁

18/12/2020

We've been working hard on the windows of the Church of the Holy Saviour, Sugley over the past few weeks.
The windows have been entirely releaded and all the broken pieces have been either mended or replaced depending on how badly they were broken. The church has now been restored to its beautiful self just in time for Christmas!
This is a video of the center of one of the panels as the lead is being carefully soldered in place.

A big thank you to the church and the church wardens for accomodating us so well, we hope you enjoy having all your windows back in for the festive season!

11/12/2020

Here is one of our apprentices stripping the lead from a window with a heraldic shield set in diamond quarries.
All the glass is being placed in a tray in the exact position it came from in the window so that every piece retains it original position when the panel is restored.

All the pieces have been cleaned and any broken panes repaired or replaced.

After many weeks of hard work, our website is now live! This will make it easier to view our work get in touch and order...
06/12/2020

After many weeks of hard work, our website is now live!

This will make it easier to view our work get in touch and order our products! More products will be released in a few weeks.

Take a look at www.iona-art-glass.co.uk

When we get a panel with missing pieces to repair, they are repainted by hand to match the style of the original exactly...
04/12/2020

When we get a panel with missing pieces to repair, they are repainted by hand to match the style of the original exactly and hopefully blend seamlessly into the window as a whole.
However, it is very important that new additions to the glass are marked somehow to show that they are replacements as a record on the glass of the work done.
To ensure this, all repainted panes are signed and dated by the artist in a discreet manner.
Here is an example from one of our painters, Alison Milligan, as she is in the process of replacing sections that will otherwise be indistinguishable from the original glass.
Unfortunately not all studios in the past were as good at recording and claiming their work as their own which can make windows difficult to identify for current conservators and historians.
Some studios were better than others; the final image is a very clear signature from the Atkinson Brothers who slip their shield into most of their windows.
Try and find the makers marks or signatures in the next stained glass you see- you could be lucky enough to spot some!

Today we have refitted the windows of Widdrington church after their repairs in the studio. When we took these windows o...
27/11/2020

Today we have refitted the windows of Widdrington church after their repairs in the studio.
When we took these windows out, they had very damaged and weak outside leads and several broken panes. Now we have put them back in the church with brand new surrounding leads and re cut glass to replace the broken pieces!
These photos show the journey that the windows have been through in our studio (and the wonderful finished results!)
We hope the community at Widdrington enjoys having their windows back as an ornament for their beautiful church!
Widdrington and Ulgham Parish Churches, we hope to work with you again!

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