The Glass Room

Christchurch Stained glass and leadlight panels

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Restoration of colourful panel for a Christchurch home. An unusual combination of colors not normally seen in Christchurch homes but never the less indicates the diversity of glass art forms that decorate our nations houses.

Christchurch Stained Glass and Leadlights

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Beautiful traditional styling of these stained glass and leadlight panels for this Christchurch home in the seaside suburb of Sumner.

An original design with a stylised central theme of seagulls, a particularly successful combination of traditional style with contemporary finesse

Designed by Christchurch Stained Glass artist Dorothy Ratcliff, for one of Christchurches and New Zealands leading atheletes Erin baker

Leaded panel

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A simple statement

D.R.

Frosted and leaded

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Baronial

Richard Wiki

Leaded panel

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This is the first of 3 sets of lead light windows displayed in this web site, which form only part of the collection designed by Dorothy Ratcliff for a remarkable home in Auckland.

Leaded panel

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Frank Lloyd Wright contributed significantly to architecture world wide. One of the most significant elements that people acknowledge him for is "degree of detail". From the building itself to the style of lampshades. This is not an exact copy but goes to demonstrate the versatility of his penchant for using architectural detail in leadlight windows so they became an integral component of the building as opposed to a adhoc approach.

Stained Glass

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Here a significant amount of the Frank Lloyd Wright approach has been adopted which can be clearly seen in the mathematical composition of the work. Naturally this is tailored to the environment with which the leadlight window must live in. Here privacy was a significant factor, with maximum light transmission and of course keeping the window synchronized with the overall plan for this rather unique Auckland home.

Christchurch Stained Glass and Lead Lights

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Original stained glass set of entrance windows for this classic Christchurch bungalow in the suburb of Merivale. Tasteful selection of colours and textures bring an air of authenticity to this classic entranceway.

Dorothy Ratcliff

Christchurch Stained glass and leadlights

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This evokes a very special sense of a bygone era, Designed and built for a home in the Sumner suburb of Christchurch in 2006.

Designed by Dorothy Ratcliff this very beautiful window has a soft air, a very calming influence and is one of the writers favourites.

Christchurch Stained Glass and leadlights

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Stained glass entranceway in this historic places trust home located in the Christchurch suburb of Sumner.

The traditional art of painting on glass is a skill mastered by a mere handful of New Zealand Glass Artists.

Art Director of The GLASSROOM Dorothy Ratcliff is one of the few artisans in New Zealand who has this particular gift.

Only 3 days after these new windows were installed members of the Historic Places Trust visited this Christchurch home and were impressed with the condition of the "100 year old" stained glass windows.

It is an extroadinary gift to be able to empathise with the art form and the direct link that art form has to the architecture adding a clear sense of periodness, which has given such satisfying results.

Restoration of Christchurch Leadlights and Stained glass

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Restoration to Art Nouveau leadlight windows in a home in Christchurch.

Work undertaken by Dorothy Ratcliff. The Glassroom has trained personnel who are responsible for the safe removal of these panels from their existing frames, once the restoration is completed then these panels are reglazed to give years upon years of sevice. These windows were built around 80 years prior to restoration occuring and should last for another 80 or so years before another visit for these windows to a stained glass studio will be again required.

Auckland Stained Glass and Leadlight

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This is an unusual design and colour combination when viewed from a traditional New Zealand perspective. The use of tones and textures without colour is not something which the writer recalls seeing elsewhere.

The black/white/clear combination is naturally strong, the effect of the ribbon flowing around and through this window is clearly reminiscent of baronial styling, yet despite that the use of tones and textures brings this style to a contemporary audience, which is an extrordinary result.

Designed by Dorothy Ratcliff for a home in Auckland

Leaded panels

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Echos of the past.

A St Albans home.

Dorothy Ratcliff