These Stained Glass Artists Are Redefining The Ancient Craft

There’s something about the ethereal beauty of stained glass that has bewitched every generation since ancient times. Throughout history, the craft has been mostly associated with medieval cathedral windows.

While it’s true that the craft was popular hundreds of years ago, today’s modern artists don’t consider it to be out of date. Furthermore, contemporary artists now use the art for more than church windows. What used to be an ancient work of art that typically shown biblical imagery is now setting a new trend, both in arts and architecture.

Modern glass art still involves the traditional techniques. Moreover, it is still crafted by arranging small pieces of colored glass to form images and patterns. The pieces are held together by strips of lead and are supported by a strong frame. But instead of making it in a flat panel, modern artists are using the glass in sculptures and other three-dimensional structures.

Today, the glass art transforms modern homes, art galleries and commercial spaces. With its exquisite beams of color and light, it creates an enchanting gleam that could take you into a different realm. Here are 8 contemporary artists who are putting a modern twist on the ancient craft. And when primeval and contemporary meet halfway, expect the get the best of both worlds.


Stained Glass By Christopher Janney


Chrisopher Janney is the creative mind behind the Harmonic Convergence. He is reworking stained glass by using it in architecture and with music. The world-class interactive sound and light installation is in the pedestrian walkway of Miami International Airport in Florida. In 2011, Janney was commissioned to revamp the airport’s pedestrian walkways that will serve as the new entrance to the airport.


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Janney then replaced the existing panels with a diagonal pattern of colorful glass. Additionally, there are LED lights to. But that’s not all. Janney also created a multi-speaker sound-score within the walkways. This is to create a series of ever-changing ‘sound images’ as people move through the walkway.


Glass Watertower Tom Fruin

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Located on the rooftop of 20 Jay Street building is the monumental Watertower that is unlike any other. The colorful Watertower isn’t really a water tower but it’s actually sculptural artwork. Tom Fruin an artist from Brooklyn made the installation with colorful upcycled plexiglass and steel. It is on a high water tower platform that can be seen from the parks and streets of Dumbo, Manhattan Bridge and Brooklyn Bridge Park.




During the day, the Watertower sculpture lights up when the sun is out. At night, the installation comes alive with the help of Ardunio-controlled light sequences designed by Ryan Holsopple.


Kehinde Wiley



Nigerian-American portrait painter Kehinde Wiley is renowned for his highly realistic paintings of black people. In fact, he was commissioned to paint a portrait of former president Barack Obama in 2017. Amazingly, this talented painter doesn’t only limit his painting prowess in oil paint and canvas. By using glass, Wiley can ‘paint’ naturalistic images inspired by medieval religious imagery. But instead of using biblical characters, Wiley highlights modern-day people of color posing in familiar biblical scenes.


Dominic Wilcox


So, the different ways that artists use glass is now unfolding before our very eyes. If you were amazed by the Watertower sculpture then you’ll be more impressed with this driverless car by Dominic Wilcox. Aptly named the Stained Glass Driverless Sleeper Car of the Future, Wilcox flawlessly combines the past, present and the future. It’s not a functional vehicle though. In fact, this driverless car has only a bed inside which makes an elegant sleeping pod. So, what’s the idea behind this remarkable car?



“The car combines the handmade process of glass work with modern and future technologies to create a proposal of how transport could be in the middle of the 21st century.”, Wilcox explains.


Sigmar Polke


German artist Sigmar Polke was asked to create windows for the Grossmünster cathedral in Zürich. Instead of going for biblical subjects, Polke chose a more modern take on the traditional art. His decorative windows have a thinly-sliced agate mosaic. The windows looks like a striking kaleidoscopic pattern of semi-precious stones.


Flora Jamieson

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. ? This auction has now ended ? . Welcome to my @makers4refugees auction week, I am kicking things off with this pair of contemporary stained glass birds. . I paint the detail on to mouth blown glass by hand, which is fired in the kiln for permanency. The glass is then leaded together using the traditional stained glass technique. . More images are in my Stories (tap my profile picture to view). . Feel free to bid generously… ALL of the winning bid will be donated to – further details on the @makers4refugees account. . ALSO!!! Everyone who places a bid throughout the week, no matter how big or small, will be entered into a prize draw at the end of the week to win a secret mystery prize! . Here are the details of how the auction works: . • The starting price on this pair of birds is £40 and you have until 7pm UK time tonight to bid on them. • Please place your bid in the Comments section below this post. • Each bird is approximately 100mm x 70mm (4" x 2.75") and comes with discrete loops and fine wire for hanging. • The winning bidder will be the person who has placed the highest bid by 7pm (UK time) TONIGHT i.e. 11 hours after this post. • ALL proceeds from this auction will be donated by the winning bidder directly to our Makers 4 Refugees fundraising page – I’ll arrange this with the winning bidder. • Bids are welcome from the UK, Europe, the US, Canada and Australia – with the winning bidders covering the cost of Shipping (payment for Shipping will be made directly to me and I’ll arrange this with the winning bidder). • The cost to the winning bidder of shipping this birdy duo within the UK is £4, shipping it to Europe is £8 & shipping it to the US, Canada or Australia is £12 • Both the Donation & the Shipping payment are to be paid within 24 hours of the auction closing. • All items from this week's auctions will be posted the following week (w/c 26th June) HAPPY BIDDING!!!

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Traditional and contemporary art can work well together. And Bridport-based artist Flora Jamieson is here to prove that. Her art has a perfect balance of old and the new. She uses glass pieces to create modern pieces that mostly depict natural subjects such as trees, birds and flowers.



“My favorite part of the stained glass process is choosing the glass colors – selecting just the right tones and shades so that they sing out next to each other. Once I have applied the paint and fired it in the kiln, something magical happens – seeing the contrast between the painted details and the vibrant colors, bringing the piece to life.”, Jamieson explains.


Glass Accessories By Elena Zaycman


Freelance glass designer, Elena Zaycman finds inspiration from stunning Tiffany glass. The Russian designer creates exquisites line of accessories. She makes pendants, brooches, pot ornaments and suncatchers. Most of her design inspiration comes from nature. Some of her favorite subjects are fruits, butterflies and moths. You can visit her Etsy shop to buy her amazing creations.


William Lamson

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Known as the “House Made From Sugar”, this is a greenhouse that is made from caramelized sugar. Designed and built by William Lamson, this prismatic greenhouse is made of 162 sugar panels that are cooked at different temperatures. Lamson created the Solarium in 2012 for the Storm King Art Center in Mountainville, New York.