Along with original fireplaces and corniced ceilings, leaded light and stained glass windows are highly prized by those who like character homes. Original stone mullioned windows with diamond paned glass, or art nouveau or art deco stained glass on doorways, stairwells and bay windows are worth preserving. And for that you might need a skilled craftsman.
We at the stained glass studio are a Father and son team Malcolm and Louis Wytcherley we are based near Malvern and specialise in the restoration of leaded windows using traditional methods.
We work on large scale projects with English Heritage and on many church buildings but they also take on smaller individual commissions working with architects, builders and home owners restoring old leaded windows, or stained glass door and window panels in Victorian and Edwardian properties.
“We still use traditional techniques and tools. We never use silicone because we feel it ruins the lead and it can be hard to get it off. We always use putty and we even put in old horse shoe nails and use traditional lime mortar when fitting the windows into the stonework.”
Malcolm has always worked as a craftsman, first with Worcester Royal porcelain and then with Boehm’s fine china casting figurines, before turning his hobby working with decorative glass into a full time career and setting up on his own in 1984. His first commission was an 18 month project with English Heritage and from there his reputation and the business grew.
Louis joined him after starting University to study quantity surveying and construction cost management before deciding, like his Dad, that he would prefer working for himself. while he works with traditional methods when restoring windows, he has brought the business into the 21st Century by making sure customers can find them on the web and social media
As well as restoring glasswork, the duo also design and make new stained glass windows using reclaimed glass. Sometimes as customer wants to reinstate old features in keeping with the history of their house, or they might want to create a bold modern statement piece to blend old and new.
Recently, for example, we were commissioned to create a Rennie Mackintosh-style stained glass internal window to allow more light into a bathroom; they created a new stained glass roof light for a house in Tewkesbury and we came up with a striking geometric design for a stained glass door panel in a modern house..
Replacing damaged stained glass with a modern glaze might seem cheaper in the short term but homeowners should beware of taking this step. Not only will they lose a beautiful original feature in their home, but they will also undermine the value of their property in the long term.
Find out more about the Stained Glass Studio at www.malcolmwytcherley.co.uk or phone us on 01684 892855.