Arthur Femenella, the Tiffany stained-glass conservator overseeing the restoration of these windows, has much to share about the design and creation of this unique set of Tiffany windows. Art writes, “These Tiffany windows are selected from a rich and varied palette of opalescent, drapery, rolled, textured, antique and flashed glass. The faces and flesh of the angels are delicately hand-painted with vitreous paint. The rest of the windows are exquisitely plated, a technique developed by Tiffany and John La Farge involving the mechanical layering of layers of glass used to achieve depth.”
When these seven extraordinary examples of Tiffany stained glass were rediscovered they were structurally intact but showed signs of metal fatigue, distortion, and a variety of other issues. Fortunately, the professional conservation team was able to restore the original windows using Tiffany's own techniques and materials.
Here, conservator Kathy Jordan is restoring the windows at her studio, Art of Glass, in Media, PA