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A Brief History of Leaded Art Glass

The presence of leaded art glass in homes and buildings is a grand American tradition.

Leaded art glass transforms any room into a truly special place. My windows or light fixtures have a beautiful and enchanting presence that changes with the light of the day and will delight you every day, for years to come.

The presence of leaded art glass in homes and buildings is a grand American tradition. In 1870 the great Boston painter John La Farge invented colored opalescent glass and the technique of plating. With these new materials and techniques, glass “stainers” were transformed into glass artists, and around the world artists began to paint with light. This American renaissance of leaded art glass which began on the east coast spread across the world and continues to this day.

That tradition is what inspires my work. The beginning of the 20th century was a time when handcraft was transformed into high art. The work of Charles and Henry Greene, Frank Lloyd Wright, Charles Renee Mackintosh, and Louis Comfort Tiffany set standards for beauty and harmony in leaded art glass.

Honest design of simple integrity was the order of the day. At Hamm Glass Studios, this philosophy informs my work every day. It is my sincere hope as an artist that my glass work will bring beauty to your home too.