Dalle de Verre

Dalle de Verre

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  • September 7, 2022

Houston’s Dalle de Verre Experts

We are proud to be the trusted Dalle de Verre experts in Houston, with over 30 years of stained glass design and restoration experience. Whether you having existing Dalle Glass or are looking for someone who can create a unique composition for your building, we will be glad to assist.

Dalle de Verre is a captivating style of stained glass revered for its uncanny ability to capture and refract light. The individual pieces of glass are chiseled and faceted, which gives them the ability to refract light from multiple angles and produce a stunning aesthetic. Though the style originated in France in the 1930’s, it quickly made its way to the U.S. and by 1960, became highly popular. Today, there is a significant number of Dalle de Verre works in the South and Western regions of the country.

While Dalle de Verre is still appreciated for its unusual beauty today, the number of artisans who specialize in this technique is becoming quite limited. Houston Stained Glass is one of the few studios existing today that specializes in this highly intricate stained glass style.


Dalle Glass Repair & Restoration

It is not uncommon for Dalle Glass to need repairs once it reaches an age of fifty or sixty years old. Because of the way that Dalle Glass is made, any pressure or stress on the panels may cause complications. If the foundation shifts or the glass is exposed to extreme weather, pieces may crack or the epoxy mortar might start to crumble.

In this case, the best avenue for conservation is Dalle Glass restoration. Our Houston team will conduct an on-site assessment to determine what repairs are needed. Then, we will carefully remove sections of the composition one or two at a time for repairs.

Once back at our studio, the panels are taken apart. The glass is cleaned around the edges to remove any remaining epoxy mortar and sand. Then, the individual pieces of glass are arranged according to the original design and cemented in place once again using sand and epoxy. Once complete, the panel is reinserted and we move onto the next section.

Restoring Dalle Glass takes time, but we are confident that once you see how lovely it looks when it’s completed, you too will agree that it’s worth the investment.


Speak to a Dalle de Verre Expert

If you have questions about the restoration process or would like to chat with a Dalle de Verre expert in Houston, we would be happy to assist. Call today to get in touch.

Martin Faith is the founder and owner of Houston Stained Glass. Martin has been cultivating his skills as a stained glass artisan for over 30 years, passing on his knowledge and expertise to his team so that, together, they can create the most beautiful stained glass windows the world has ever seen. Martin's initial education in the trade took place in Glasgow, Scotland, the stained glass capitol of the world. He is an expert in the history of stained glass, its evolution, methods for conservation, and its many different styles and forms, including art deco, prairie, Greene & Greene, art nouveau, Mackintosh, floral, mission, beveled, and contemporary. Over the years, Martin's company has produced thousands of stained glass windows, which includes custom creations made for homes, churches, and commercial buildings located all throughout the Houston metro area.