Stained Glass

Works of

Extraordinary

Quality

Lotus Lamp

As a long-time artist and craftsman, Steven Stelz designs and executes stained glass works of extraordinary quality, once only achieved by the 19th and early 20th century American glass masters.


Renowned for his artistic achievements in traditional stained glass, Steven Stelz creates fine opalescent leaded glass windows, lighting, screens & ceilings, glass mosaics and pate de verre lamps & windows.  The ability to produce his own glass allows Stelz the freedom to create fine works in glass true to his designs and watercolor renderings.


Please visit our gallery pages to view some of our works.

Sunset Landscape Window | 37 X 65 | © Stelz Studios

The first step in producing a window, lamp or mosaic is creating an original design called a rendering. This rendering is a watercolor painting which the client approves before any other work is begun. A full size drawing, called a "Cartoon", is then created based on the watercolor rendering and will be used as a pattern for cutting the glass sections.

Hand casting (rolling) hot opalescent glass into sheets at the studio for use in our leaded glass windows, lamps and mosaics.

Leading a plated window using specially made lead cames to accommodate multiple layers of glass.

About Us

Louis Tiffany, John LaFarge, Fredrick Lamb, Maitland Armstrong and other 19th century American glass artists comprised a movement known as the American School of Glass.  The American School techniques and the glass itself differs greatly from earlier leaded glass works of the US and Europe.  Earlier windows relied heavily on the use of paint to create their windows.  Whereas, the American School techniques incorporate hand cast opalescent glass into the work.  Color, tone and detail are expressed using the color and variegations found within the glass itself, while the application of paint is strictly limited to figural elements such as faces and hands.  Another American School technique known as plating is effectively used in our windows.  Plating is a multi-layering of glass used to manipulate a color tone and create the illusion of depth.   Acid etching techniques, enameling, and other traditional glass treatments are also used as they were 100 years ago.  


Long forgotten traditional glass working techniques, pioneered by Tiffany and LaFarge and later abandoned by contemporary craftsmen, are once again employed by Stelz Studios.


Stelz Studios maintains a very large library of fine, handmade, opalescent and catherdral glasses to be used in his work.  Hand cast opalescent glass was an American innovation, and is once again made in the traditional way at the Stelz Studios.  The ability to create his own glass allows Steven Stelz the freedom necessary to create his leaded glass works of extraordinary artistic quality, while not relying solely on commercially produced glasses.  Metallic oxides and glass frits are added to the molten glass to create the desired colors.  Some of the larger glass sheets are custom made for Stelz at other glass facilities.  


Stelz’s windows are custom designed for each client, and are not reproduced. Our leaded glass lampshades are supported by finely cast bronze fixtures, and can be custom designed or selected from a variety of styles available.


Whatever the work, a creation by Stelz Studios is a timeless work of decorative art, to be enjoyed today and by future generations.


Please visit our gallery pages for more insight into our accomplishments in glass and perhaps some inspiration for your interior decorating endeavors.  We do not maintain an inventory of completed windows or lighting fixtures for sale.  All of our stained glass works are done on commission only and custom made to order.  For detailed information about our commission process please click the link below.


Window Gallery 

You will see a traditional 19th century American School/Tiffany style influence in the works created by Stelz Studios.  However, the designs are truly original to Steven Stelz, they are not copies or reproductions.  The glass, being perhaps the most important element in any leaded window, is handmade in our studio and is present in some of the works pictured here.  Larger glass sheets are also custom made for Stelz at other glass facilities. 

The ability to produce his own glass allows Stelz the freedom to create fine works in glass true to his designs and watercolor renderings.  Our window gallery represents a small sampling of commissioned leaded glass window works created by Stelz Studios.  


As you view each photo please understand that the true colors and beauty of the glass works cannot be fully captured on film, no less downloaded to your computer screen.  We do not maintain an inventory of completed windows or lighting fixtures for sale.

ALL OF OUR WINDOW COMMISSIONS ARE CUSTOM MADE TO ORDER.

Lamp Gallery 

As with our windows, our unique lamps are created using hand made art glass, produced at our studio, and often custom made for each lamp commission.  Our lamp gallery represents a small sampling of commissioned leaded glass lamps and hanging fixtures created by Stelz Studios.  The ability to create custom opalescent sheet glass at the studio allows Stelz to produce lamps of the finest artistic quality available today.  Our table lamps are supported by finely cast and patinated bronze bases, or are available in custom made “Arts and Crafts” style pottery bases.

Our hanging lamps are also supported by cast bronze fixtures, which compliment our leaded glass shades. Most lamps pictured are custom designed, however, in addition to our custom lamps, we also reproduce some of the more popular designs from the Tiffany Studios.


As you view each photo please understand that the true colors and beauty of the glass works cannot be fully captured on film, no less downloaded to your computer screen.  We do not maintain an inventory of completed windows or lighting fixtures for sale.

ALL OF OUR LAMP COMMISSIONS ARE CUSTOM MADE TO ORDER.

Pate de Verre Gallery 

The works shown here are designed and executed by Stelz Studios using a glass casting process known as Pate de Verre.

ALL PATE DE VERRE PIECES ARE CUSTOM MADE TO ORDER.

The Pate de Verre process involves sculpting a model of the object that will be created in glass.  A mold is made from the model and filled with glass powders, which are usually mixed with a vehicle to form a paste.  This "paste of glass" is appplied and filled into all the voids that are present in the mold.  Colored glass powders are carefully applied to various design elements to create color and shadow.  The mold is then placed into a kiln until the fine glass powders melt into the mold and fill the voids.  Once cooled, the mold is broken away from the cast glass object which is then cleaned and polished.  Extremely fine and intricate details can be cast into glass using this ancient process.

Sculpting a model for a Pate de Verre shade

Modern glass artists, such as Steven Stelz, have once again revived the Pate de Verre process. 


This fine glass casting technique is very labor intensive, requiring multiple steps, therefore, it remains to be a rarity amoung the art glass world.

Magnolia Pate de Verre shade on wrought Iron base

Kathy Ajamian selecting and cutting glass for the Peony and Lily Pate de Verre window.

Waterlily Pate de Verre Lamp

Fish Pate de Verre Lamp

Dragonfly Pate de Verre Lamp

Pine Cone Pate de Verre Lamp

Commission Process

Scheduling a commission is quite simple...


First, some idea of what design elements you want would be helpful.  Very often a client has a particular image in mind, or may have seen a painting or photograph of an interesting subject that they like. This reference material will give us an idea of what you would like to have rendered in glass.  The reference material is not copied or recreated, but is used only as a guide.   From this reference source, an original design called a redering is created.  The rendering is a watercolor painting of the window or lamp which the client approves before any other work is started.  At this point, a purchase agreement is signed and a small deposit for the rendering is taken.


Upon approval of the rendering, the design phase is complete and another desposit (usually 60% of the total cost of the piece) is taken.
  
A full size image of the rendering called a Cartoon is then created.  From the Cartoon, patterns are made for each piece of glass, and from those patterns the glass is cut and shaped.  In the case of custom lighting, a lamp form must also be created for the lamp to be built on.  Finally, the individual glass pieces are leaded together.  Most often, we mount our windows in either wood or metal frames, which ever the client requests.
 



Each completed original Stelz Studios design that is created exclusively for a client is copyrighted and will not be reproduced again.  This insures that the customer receives a one of a kind work of art and not a reproduction.   Upon completion of the work, the piece is photographed for our records and then crated and shipped to the client.  Final payment is made upon receipt of the piece.  Installation is normally the responsibility of the client, unless it is an unusually large window.
 



Creating a Stelz Studios leaded glass window or lamp is labor intensive and very time consuming, often taking months to complete a commission.  Therefore, patience is necessary when scheduling a commission.  Steven Stelz and only a few assistants are involved in the creation of these fine quality pieces.  These pieces are not mass produced in a factory, they are hand crafted using extreme care throughout all phases of the art glass creation.   The final completed piece must be right, otherwise, reworked until it is.  With this in mind, it may take several months to begin work on a new project, but... the wait always pays off!

Contact Us

98 Cherryville Stanton Rd, Flemington, NJ 08822-5563

(908) 806-7023

email: stelz@embarqmail.com

Hours: Monday- Friday 8 AM- 4 PM

VISITATION TO THE STUDIO IS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY


We hope you will consider commissioning our studio for your art glass project. We have produced many works of art in glass since 1980 and, to our knowledge, all of our customers have been pleased with the final product.

© Stelz Studios 2018 | 98 Cherryville Stanton Road, Flemington, NJ 08822-5563 | (909) 806-7023 | stelz@embarqmail.com