The creation and production of textured and coloured glass, for decorative glass projects, is a highly specialised and skillful business. There are quite a few companies within the UK who perform this function but not many of them can deal with glass art.
Modern homes today use glass in ways unexplored before and glass features have increased to such an extent that it is sometimes very difficult to decide whether a standard household item, like a sink, should be made from the usual traditional material or from glass.
There are a few companies who thrive on exploring the seemingly endless possibilities of using glass for unusual purposes as well as those who have the ability and foresight to create stunning, visual concepts of design and then are able to adapt them to the real world.
With glass of so many different colours and textures it is not surprising that ideas for its use are so varied and diverse. Each of the differences are produced using a different method of heating, cooling and kiln control and each type has its own niche market where it is most usually used.
Coloured Glass can offer an alternative to traditional stained glass. It can create a contemporary alternative to such things as kitchen splashbacks, feature walls and of course windows.
Coloured glass artworks provide a focal point on any wall or ceiling and an instant talking topic as soon as one enters a room.
Textured glass has a unique ability, in architectural applications, to perform as a decorative as well as a functional and structural building material.
Among its many uses and features is that it can provide a private yet airy environment that benefits from full light transmission that will limit casual attention. It can have a custom design or logo embossed onto it for added professional effect and is safety toughened to meet British and European safety standards.
Textured glass can be produced and supplied with a range of special effects and body tints that will enhance the natural green tint of the clear kiln formed glass by dramatically changing the overall look of the finished item.
Gilded glass can bring reflection and light into, a possibly, dark interior space or provide more light into a room that is used for a professional or special purpose. Like a mirror it is easy to clean, can be created to custom specification, can be applied to a textured or flat wall and is safety laminated to meet British and European safety standards.
Gilded glass can also be used to create artworks which could become a stunning focal point.
Glass, as we know it, has come such a long way from its humble beginnings and today is used in ways that are exciting, mind-boggling and eye-opening.