Cooper Cliff Kitchen Window
While much of my work deals with formal design and traditional architectural ornament, sometimes I get to design and build windows that are truly unique. This window was designed for an updated mid-century home overlooking Lake Erie.
I took cues from the homeowners’ love of art, color, architectural cast-offs, and the lake. They wanted to obscure the view of the home next door, but still see the lake and western sky. The resulting design is meant to represent beach debris or flotsam and jetsam caught in a net. It incorporates bits of old stained glass in a new, modern format. The colors are dense and saturated where needed, but otherwise nearly transparent. The window itself becomes another piece of art in their home.
Bring me your design challenges. Tell me what you’ve always envisioned. I love working with clients to find and craft beautiful solutions.
When my friend and mentor, Kate DuPuis, retired, I purchased/inherited her glass inventory, which included box upon box of cut-offs and scrap glass accumulated over decades. I’ve always been one to use the materials at hand, and these materials were extraordinary - German mouth blown glass in the most gorgeous colors. The irregular pieces might sit in boxes for another decade or so if I didn’t concoct a project for them.
My striped panels are the result. I cut hundreds of pieces into regular sizes that can be stacked and assembled however they come to be arranged. Given the premise that all colors go with all colors, I have taken to reaching into the bin, laying the pieces out, and seeing where the stripes end up. The unusual color combinations are then tweaked and assembled with lead came.
These small light-catching panels express modern design and expert craftsmanship with the finest materials available, and make stained glass accessible to anyone.
East Overlook Repairs
Sometimes you get to work in extraordinary places.
Through a connection with the Cleveland Restoration Society, I was asked to do some leaded glass repair work in a grand home being renovated in Cleveland Heights.
Most of the work was repairing broken clear glass in leaded doors, and while that would not ordinarily be anything to write about, these were no ordinary doors. The leaded glass pattern repeated over and over to great effect. Curves and swirls made for time-consuming on-site repairs that might’ve discouraged a lesser craftsman.
Seeing the grand entranceway whole again was worth the effort.
Subscribe for short stories, updates and event details for stained glass and decorative arts by Bruce Buchanan.
78th Street Studios
1305 West 80th St
Cleveland, OH 44102 USA
Visit us at Studio #108 during OPEN HOUSE every Friday 11 am - 4 pm and THIRD FRIDAYS every third Friday of the month from 5 pm - 9 pm.
**HOURS/EVENTS CURRENTLY SUSPENDED DUE TO COVID-19.**
3 Windows | Residential Restoration Project
Getting Started - ‘Scenic Slides’ Pt. 1 with Bruce Buchanan
Scenic Slide Finished Product