Tuesday, December 01, 2009

Sharlot's stained glasses

In a long gone world in which the pace was much slower and labor costs were far lower, a stained glass window or transom (or two or three) was just one more feature of a proper Victorian home. For example, Bashford House over at the Sharlot Hall Museum.

The ground floor of Bashford House is occupied by a museum shop absolutely full of tempting goodies. Among other items, it features stained glass, modern style, that is, as art object. The bright light of the solarium makes it just the right location to highlight the brilliance of these panels, for example, the pretty birds below. (I will forgive the artist for an eastern blue jay instead of a proper scrub jay or Steller's jay to keep the theme local.)

The circular plate above would have suited one of those little high windows in an old house, while the design below is just right for a transom.

Ah, morning glories (above) in a form that isn't illegal in Arizona. And, below, the critter who was created just to be memorialized in stained glass, the butterfly.

But then if ever I had my choice, I'd be hard put to decide between the very brilliant (and R.E.D.) poppies and those smug cats. Either would fit right in with that river boat that I didn't buy yesterday (see post below).

11 comments:

Omegadad said...

I keep promising yer dotter that I'll get back to stained glassing someday.... It's only been 13 years.

I like the last one... the stained glass lamp in the stained glass window is fun.

Barney (The Old Fat Man) said...

Loved the stained glass tour.

Steve said...

Are they all made of glass or do they have some made from plastic? I've seen a lot of plastic used for lamps and other things.

Catalyst said...

The BRD used to "do" stained glass and we have a couple of her pieces.

I love that last one, too, but of course I love cats.

quilteddogs said...

Beautiful. It has been years since I have been in the Bashford House and I had no idea these pieces were there. Thanks for sharing.

Changes in the wind said...

Love the butterfly ones....

azlaydey said...

I've never been able to get a good photo of the transom stained glass. I guess it takes a good photographer and good camera :)

OmegaMom said...

Ooooh on the poppies! Of course, it would be nice if they were local poppies, but it's still gorgeous.

Great pics!

Granny J said...

od -- I didn't know you were into staining glass. But how would you fit it in between baking bread, animal husbandry, truck farming -- and, oh, yes, your job?

tofm -- glad to take you along; I've got another batch coming up soon, but not from Sharlot Hall.

steve -- good question. Next time I'm at SH, I'll check (tho I'll bet they're mainly glass...)

cat-A -- I had thought of dedicating the last piece to you.

qd -- it's a tempting place to go Christmas shopping.

windy -- aren't they purty? I sure think so.

lady -- I'd be happy if I could get a shot like that, but square, head-on.

dotter -- OTOH, if they were local, they wouldn't be that delicious R.E.D.

Kate said...

We had stained glass in the old home I grew up in. It was always so pretty in the late afternoon when the sun would shine through and light up the designs. LOVE that one with the oriental poppies...

Granny J said...

kate -- your old home sounds wonderful. Not even my grandparents had any stained glass! Poor me.

 
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