Stained glass is surprisingly resistant to weather and structural stress, but in
most cases will require maintenance every 100 years or so. This may be as simple
as removal and replacement of old cement from the lead channels but usually re-
Restoration work at Genesis Stained Glass follows the CVMA guidelines for conservation and restoration of stained glass and is carried out by Jayne Ford, who trained at Pugin, Hardman & Powell Studio, Birmingham
Panel from St. Mary’s, Hanwell undergoing restoration
Making a rubbing of the leadwork prior to restoration so it can be re-
For painted and stained glass, a minimal intervention approach is normally taken.
Cracks are simply edge-
If pieces are missing or damage is extensive, a replica piece can be produced to closely match the original. A full record is made of the work and made available to the client if required. Sometimes the broken glass is replaced with plain unpainted antique glass (carefully chosen to avoid a discordant effect) so that the panel is 100% true to the original painting.
Minor damage can sometimes be repaired satisfactorily in situ without removing the window. However, In all cases the best result is obtained a when the panel is removed and repaired fully whilst flat on a workbench. We will board up the window or install temporary glazing (meeting current safety regulations) whilst your panel is being restored.
Broken glass replaced with glass textured in the kiln to achieve a good match.
In our studio waste lead and glass is recycled, and where possible it is re-