The treatment cycle happens in phases, but first we survey the windows. Once we have a complete survey of the entire building we select in what order we will conserve the windows. With large scale projects, we often don’t take all of the panels out at once; so we organize them into a conservation timeline based on priorities identified in the survey. Once we set the timeline, clients can procure funds tagged to the actions.
Once funding is secured, we begin removing the windows and conserving them according to the treatment proposal.
The internet has augmented the way we communicate with our clients and the general public. With it, we stay in contact with our clients throughout the whole stained glass conservation process.”
The result of our work varies tremendously depending on the project.
This image is from St. Cecelia in San Francisco. The hand was smashed by a soccer ball that came from an adjoining playground. Photos like these enable us to keep on schedule, and on budget, as the client can “sign off” virtually and not physically come to the studio.
Once the conservation treatment is concluded, our team goes back on site and reinstalls the newly conserved windows. Our final goal for each project is to bring public awareness to the sites on which we have worked. This comes in the form of media outreach and this blog. We stay in touch with our clients after the projects are completed, and update them on what we are currently working on in the studio.