Posts Tagged ‘Decorative Glass’

Stained Glass Art Door-light

Tuesday, May 15th, 2012
Stained Glass Art by Rudi Waros

Art nouveau inspired stained glass art door-lights

Today the Classic Glass blog would like to showcase a stained glass art installation by resident artisan Rudi Waros. The inspiration for these stained glass art door-lights came from the existing art nouveau decor of the clients home in Bethesda, MD. Art Nouveau is French for “new art” and was popularized by Czech artist Alphonse Mucha in the late 19th Century. Its distinct influence can be found worldwide permeating all facets of decorative design including architectural, interior, furniture and jewelry design. This style is best characterized by its rhythmic pattern of curvy lines and organic subject matter such as flowers, leaves and vines.

With the desired style established, Waros proceeded to design a stained glass work of art incorporating these elements, he also utilized a specific type of glass to convey the qualities of the art nouveau style. Because of its icy, wax like appearance, opalescent glass – “green stipple” was chosen for the background. Stipple glass is hand rolled by Youghiogheny Glass (pronounced YOKaGAYNEE) and is originally intended to recreate the look of certain Tiffany and Company lampshades. The soft qualities of stipple glass make this the perfect choice for representing the colors of art nouveau and its subtle texture is highlighted as light passes through it. Waros created the dimensional glass rose by using an etching technique to shade pink flash glass. He then applied a silver stain treatment that was finally kiln fired to achieve the flower’s orange center. The result is a handmade, one of a kind piece of art that really compliments the existing decor of the clients home.

This stained glass art installation is a great example of the custom decorative glass that Classic Glass has been creating for over thirty years. Is there a door or window that you’ve always wanted to spruce up? Contact Classic Glass today to begin your own creative glass art journey! Our professional glass artists are always eager to turn your ideas into a reality.

Detail of stained glass art door-lights

Stained Glass Art detail

Curved Leaded Glass Panels – Virginia

Friday, November 4th, 2011
Leaded Glass Panels

Curved leaded glass panels for the Halstead Square lobby, Tysons Corner VA.

A recent leaded glass installation by Classic Glass, Inc. posed an interesting challenge for resident stained glass artist Rudi Waros and designer Jacob Robison. Although the client sought a design that was rather simple; the leaded glass panels for the luxurious Virginia apartment lobby needed to wrap around a curved opening. For visual continuity, it was determined that the design of the sidelight panels needed to align and match the size of the diamonds running across the curved middle panels.

Curved Leaded Glass Panels

Leaded glass panel wrapping around a curved opening

Adding to the challenge was the overall size of these decorative glass panels. The sidelights of the interior wall measured 24″ wide x 124″ tall with the curved section measuring 120″ wide x 20″ tall. In addition to the curved leaded glass panels, Classic Glass also built two flat sidelights and a flat transom to match the same design for the lobby’s entrance. (pictured below)

Curved Leaded Glass Window

Clear leaded glass can be flat or curved

Upon completion of a field measurement, decorative glass artist Rudi Waros constructed a wooden template to match the curve of the existing opening. The contour of the template resembled that of a “half-pipe” allowing Rudi to tightly construct the leaded glass panel to fit exactly when installed. The individual glass pieces are flat, not curved, but when divided into narrow sections (such as this design) can be constructed to precisely follow the contour of a curve.

Wooden template for curved leaded glass

Glass artist Rudi Waros constructs a wooden template for the leaded glass

Installation day is always a little nerve racking no matter how routine the job may be – weeks and months of planning and execution all culminate on that day. With over 30 years of experience, Classic Glass’ skilled glass artisans completed this installation with precision and professionalism. The curved glass panels fit perfectly into the opening and our client at Halstead Square could not have been happier.

Decorative Glass

Decorative glass panels for "The Rockwell" at Halstead Square

Classic Glass Products and Services

Monday, November 2nd, 2009

Classic Glass, Inc. has been serving the architectural and design community for over 30 years and is committed to offering unique high quality architectural and decorative glass. We are constantly researching and developing techniques in the creation of new products to meet our clients specific needs. Below are some of the product and art glass services that we provide to the DC, VA and MD areas.



We can simulate Pantone, Sherwin Williams and Benjamin Moore colors. Back-splashes, countertops and walls are just a few of the applications in this exciting product line.


Backpainted kitchen backsplash for a residence in Washington, DC.

Backpainted kitchen backsplash for a residence in Washington, DC.




The ultimate in design flexibility while meeting ANSI safety standards. A variety of opacity’s, custom colors and textures available. Provides excellent soundproofing and UV protection.


Laminated bent glass partition with carved and painted detail, Sibley Hospital, Washington, DC.

Laminated bent glass partition with carved and painted detail. Sibley Hospital, Washington, DC.




We use recycled glass to produce panels up to 4′ x 8′. Available with fired-in colored frits and paints.


Cast glass privacy window with gold leaf detail for a residence in Alexandria, VA

Cast glass privacy window with gold leaf detail for a residence in Alexandria, VA




Stained, leaded and beveled glass products available. Custom designs, Reproductions, Stained Glass Repair and Restoration.


10' diameter stained glass reproduction for 6th and I Historic Synagogue.

10' diameter stained glass reproduction for the 6th and I Historic Synagogue.




Experienced artists and craftsmen produce the finest etched and carved glass in the area.  State of the art automated equipment ensures consistency and accuracy. On-site blasting services available. Clear-Shield protection on all etched glass.


Etched glass partitions for a residence in Potomac, MD.

Etched glass partitions for a residence in Potomac, MD.

DIA memorial dedication ceremony

Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

On September 11th 2009, the Defense Intelligence Agency held a dedication ceremony for the DIA memorial designed by Classic Glass, Inc. Family members, DIA members and those involved in the project were invited to attend.


As the audience entered the auditorium they were welcomed by a military string quartet. The ceremony began with an invocation by Chaplain Thomas Webb, USAFF. Opening remarks were given by current director, U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Ronald L. Burgess; and retired U.S. Navy Vice Adm. Thomas R. Wilson, who served as director from July 1999 to July 2002.


‘‘The memorial will stand as a permanent part of this agency in the same way our lost colleagues will remain in our hearts and memories,” Burgess said. ‘‘More than others, this day reminds us of the dangers and threats we face and the importance of our mission in providing the military intelligence required to defend this nation.”


Once Mr. Burgess and Mr. Wilson completed their remarks, the string quartet began playing and the two men stepped out into the courtyard for the unveiling. Outside stood a camera crew projecting the unveiling on a large screen inside the auditorium to the eager audience.


After the unveiling Mr. Burgess and Mr. Wilson came back to auditorium. The camera crew however kept filming projecting images to the audience inside for the remainder of the event.


Daniel E. Hooten then read an essay by James Henry Leigh Hunt titled “During a Time of Trouble” An excerpt from that essay is carved into one of the laminated glass panels. ‘‘Whenever evil befalls us, we ought to ask ourselves, after the first suffering, how can we turn it into good. So shall we take occasion, from one bitter root, to raise perhaps many flowers.”


Classic Glass designer Jacob Robison then approached the podium to explain the symbolism of the structure and the significance of the materials used. “Designing this memorial was more than just a project to me. As a young artist it was a humbling experience to learn about the seven  members who were lost on 9/11, and I wanted to create something that would honor their lives and their sacrifice to our nation. I was but one person on a larger team – many of whom are here today – and it is our hope that the families and friends of the victims will use this memorial to gain strength and reflect on the lives of your loved ones and co-workers.” said Robison

The ceremony ended with Chaplain Thomas Webb giving the closing benediction. He then invited everyone in attendance to step out into the courtyard to view the memorial and take pictures.

DIAceremony1(From left to right) Glass artist – Rudi Waros, Designer – Jacob Robison, CFO – Kent Powell of Class Glass, Inc. stop to take a picture.

Classic Glass and Decorative Glass Magazine

Monday, June 29th, 2009

The recent Classic Glass feature on HGTV’s Curb Appeal caught the attention of Decorative Glass Magazine. Follow the link below to read the full article.’s-curb-appeal/