Chicago School of Glass Art

Chicago's Glass Art Studio


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Closed For Vacation

Just a reminder–We are closed for vacation from Sunday, July 28th – Monday, August 5th. We will reopen for regular business hours on Tuesday, August 6th at 10:00 AM. Have an urgent message or question? You can leave us a message on Facebook, or email us at suevelstudios@gmail.com. We’ll be checking both regularly over the week.


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Studio News

Thanks to ComEd we had power this morning! We are re-open for business this week. Next week, beginning July 28th, we will be closed for vacation. We will reopen for business on Tuesday, August 6th at 10:00 AM and resume normal business hours.


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Best Stained Glass Crew

So the First part of our Messiah Lutheran Church job has been completed.  It was very impressive to see such a talented crew of guys working hard and completing such a monumental task.  George, Ryan, Justin and Joshua!

The Crew

The Crew


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Caveat Emptor

Way back when, in high school one of the mandatory classes we had to take was economics and during the class a phrase that was drilled into our heads was “Caveat Emptor” or “buyer beware.”  At the time I thought this was a silly phrase. People pay attention to what they are buying, don’t they? Well, I was wrong. With such a huge influx of imported STUFF coming into the US, the main concern people seem to have is how little they need to spend to get something. The problem with that sentiment is sometimes low cost means poor quality.

On a regular basis we have customers come in and ask if we can make them a stained glass lamp like the old Tiffany style lamps. After explaining to the customer what is involved in making a “Tiffany” lamp we shoot them a price; which, in turn is usually followed by the customer grasping their chest from the pain as they explain, “I saw one like that at (whatever store) for only $100.”  Luckily being a paramedic their chest pain doesn’t scare me. Slowly I walk them over to our Wall of Lamps that need to be repaired and show them why those lamps cost as little as they do.

In the picture you can see we are adding wire to the underside of the cap and running it along solder lines in hope that we can distribute some of the weight into the rest of the lamp shade.  Careful what you buy because you might get what you pay for.

George with lampLamp Soldering


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Happy Fourth of July!!

We will be closing early on July 3rd (4:00 PM) and closed all day on July 4th to celebrate our Nation’s Birthday (And Eric’s, too!) We wish for all our customers and clients a very Happy and Safe Fourth of July and take this day to remember those who have given their all for the safety and security of our wonderful country.  We may not always agree or see eye-to-eye on the various issues and concerns our nation faces but we can still come together and celebrate the important contributions our country has made to the world and to humankind.  So light a sparkler and celebrate!  And we’ll see you on Friday, July 5th when we reopen for regular business hours!


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Restoring An Old Church Window

Restoring an old church window or for that matter restoring old windows can be a challenge.  One of the important things that we try to do is use the existing glass instead of replacing broken glass with new glass, unless the glass is missing large pieces.  Below is a couple of pictures showing the first part of using existing glass.  Its a large puzzle that has no picture to look at and somehow you have to figure out where it all goes. After its all together the steps we follow are clean the glass, tape the glass together, glue the glass or I guess because its two parts we epoxy the glass together.  The cure time on this epoxy is several days to a week. During that time it sits off to the side taped together as we take care of the rest of the window.

Figuring out where it all goes.

Figuring out where it all goes.

Getting closer
Getting closer

The puzzle complete, or not so much.

The puzzle complete, or not so much.