Archive for July, 2013

Bill Then & Now

Wednesday, July 31st, 2013

 

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Bill’s first studio was on the oh so hip strip of Queen Street close to the iconic Queen Mother in Toronto, for almost 20 years, and now in our studio secreted away like a speak easy behind an unmarked door up on Dupont St. for almost another 20 years. For Bill’s sake I will not do the math, but lets just say he’s been in the stained glass business for some time.

Over the years he has pioneered and adapted traditional leaded glass techniques to the construction of domes. The actual leading, cutting, and construction is still the same centuries old process, but there is a little engineering and finesse necessary to pull off a dome. The true success of the studio is built on the artistry of the designs Bill creates, the best work comes when clients give him free reign, they are always delighted with the results.

The artistry of the studio is evident on entering through the “Fussnarian” array of curated oddities selected for their patina, hand work, age and wear. Culled from the menagerie a piece of discarded tattered lace becomes the inspiration for a unique dome design. The process and inspiration for design is as interesting as the finished work. Bill is a true artisan, and each dome is his art and craft.

Backing Bill up and working to execute his designs in the “Fussnarian” way is a handful of dedicated glass artisans and a few wild cards to get the work done.

More about those talented artists later……

 


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Square Dome 5’x5’x24″ht

Tuesday, July 23rd, 2013

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Bill is a real genius with pattern, the interlinking circles and lively flourishes give a sense of movement to the overall design. I think it has much to do with a tradition of drawing and thinking with a pencil rather than a computer.

Over years of drafting patterns for domes and windows, he has developed a knack for exact measurement by eye. For example I can ask him to indicate on a piece of paper a 1″ increment or a half or a quarter, etc. and he gets it every time. Some people like quizzes Bill enjoys a skill challenge.

 

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Studio Bathroom Reno

Monday, July 22nd, 2013

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Every summer we take on a project around the studio. This time its the bathrooms. So far this vanity has been constructed from the general antiques around the studio. Two piano legs and some panels from a walnut door surround. This is just the beginning.

Dramatic Restoration Work

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

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Can you believe this transformation? We don’t talk much about our restoration work, but it is another facet of what we do.

If you have something to be repaired, we would be happy to look at it. Send us a pic or give us a call, we’ll let you know what can be done to salvage your window.

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Octagon Dome

Tuesday, July 9th, 2013

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6′ Across and 24″ht.


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Art Nouveau Inspiration

Thursday, July 4th, 2013

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Barrel Vault Leaded Glass Ceiling w/ Coloured Glass

Approx Size 8′ by 30″ x 14″ht.


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