A California church reached out to Heritage and asked us to create a stained glass window of their patron saint, St Elizabeth Ann Seton. It would replace their existing clear window near the entryway of the church.
This particular window needed to fit within an existing opening near the church entryway. It was replacing an existing regular glass window whose frame was starting to splinter. The first step in creating a stained glass window is to design its contents. A large depiction of the saint would compose the main focus of the imagery; however, the client wanted a particular style and expression for St Elizabeth’s face. Multiple designs were submitted to the church for approval. Once one was selected, we moved on to the next step: choosing appropriate imagery that is symbolic of the events in the saint’s life. The best of these were a sailing ship, a rosary, a bible, a school, and St Elizabeth’s house. The house would comprise the rounded transom panel, while the other symbols each were emblemized in the side columns.
With the designs finalized and approved, the glass was then cut, fired, assembled, and leaded over a period of several weeks. A multi-layered stained glass crate was used to pack the four panels that comprised the window. This box shipped to California, where our staff installed the window into the church. Check out the gallery below to see how the new window turned out!
View Our Work - St Elizabeth Ann Seton's Glass Window