John Rose: Stained Glass

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I learned stained glass when I went to work for the church renovation firm Gibbons of Baltimore.

Church windows, mosaics of color from a distance with fine details when viewed close-up, set a way of thinking about glass in any setting. The windows were often painted, which muted the light and helped set a solemn tone.

Closer to our own time, Victorian interiors employed stained glass to provide a dimmed-down, somewhat moody interiors, often sparkling with faceted or cast glass jewels.

While glass can be utilized to convey an image, I tend to think of it more abstractly as an interpreter of light and as a medium to be manipulated and explored.