Welcome to Julia Williamson Art Glass

I refer to my work as Painted Light — The Uncommon Art of Stained Glass. Please let me explain:

The techniques of traditional glass painting are either unknown or unpractised by the majority of stained glass crafters.

The process truly is one of the fine arts. Pieces of coloured glass are painted upon with specialized glass paints, stains and enamels which are then fired in the kiln under precise conditions to render the painting permanently adhered to the base glass. Afterwards, the glass is crafted into a stained glass window.

Painted Light
This description exemplifies the only fine art that is designed to be viewed via transmitted light as opposed to reflected light (as in oil, pastel or watercolour painting). It is also the only fine art where viewing can be appreciated equally from either side providing that the light sources; natural sunlight or manufactured light (incandescent, fluorescent, etc.) are available.

The art of traditional glass painting predominantly lies in the controlled application of earth tone paints to block the transmission of light and create shadows on the coloured glass. The process of tracing is the functional equivalent of line drawing. Whereas matting has the comparable effect of shading; completely different techniques of application are employed. Here the glass paint is applied over the entire surface of the glass and after drying is selectively removed to create depth, shadow and contour.

Coloured paint may also be applied to vary the depth of colour or to change the colour of sections of the base glass. For example, the application of transparent yellow enamel or silver stain can change the colour of blue glass to green without blocking the transmission of light.

Please view my photo gallery in order to gain a greater appreciation and understanding of how these techniques render glass into fine art.