TRANSFORM A PLAIN WINDOW
TO CREATE A ROOM WITH A
Originally created to decorate
magnificent churches, stained glass
windows have been around for at
least 1,000 years. In modern times
the materials and techniques for
making stained glass have become
much more accessible, making it a
perfect hobby for those who enjoy
designing and building.
Stained glass windows are perfect
for adding a bit of privacy while still
allowing some light to shine through.
Photography by Shawnee Langworthy; illustrations by Tim Lillis
But much more than that, stained
glass can transform a plain room into
a place of stunning patterns and color.
With a simple design, even a beginner
can create a stained glass window over
just a weekend, and the results can
provide pleasure for years to come.
» The Tiffany lamp, famous for
its ornate stained glass shade,
was created by stained glass
designer Louis Comfort Tiffany
in late 1895. The lamps were a
way to use glass from leftover
» Although churches and
cathedrals were the first to use
stained glass, today almost anything can be made into a stained
glass mosaic, including the King
» Architect Frank Lloyd Wright
also designed many of the
stained glass panels for the
houses he built, using his
trademark patterns of
Phil Daniel, a native of England, apprenticed in London and later in Minneapolis, where he started his own business
in 1988. Phil Daniel Architectural Stained Glass combines the traditional aspects of custom-made stained glass with
unique, contemporary vision. Shawnee Langworthy, a mosaic artist, has been working with Daniel since 2000.