Heart of Glass

While in Chicago I visited the Smith Stained Glass Museum on Navy Pier. I love stained glass and Chicago was a center for that craft in the United States. Most people know about Frank Lloyd Wright and his famous windows but the museum holds more than just examples of those. There are four focuses for its exhibits: victorian, prairie, modern, and contemporary. It’s the only museum in the U.S. to focus solely on stained glass.

I hope you enjoyed the factoids. I took some pictures that day which are below.

  1. Denise
    August 13, 2009, 11:43 pm

    Beautiful! (: It’s refreshing for me to see stained glass in designs cut like these–there’s stained glass art in my local parish, but they’re the 12 Stations of the Cross. It makes everything look so..regal. The last design of a sunset looks really cool.

  2. Raphael
    August 17, 2009, 2:04 am

    hey, tom:)
    i love stained glass:)
    thanks for sharing pictures of them:)

  3. Kim
    August 17, 2009, 1:30 pm

    I had no idea! I love this. I have always wanted to get a tattoo that looks like a stained glass window.

  4. TAO
    August 17, 2009, 2:04 pm

    Denise and Raffy: Glad you liked these. It’s the kind of thing a lot of people don’t notice but is really quite the art form.
    Kim: That would be a cool tattoo. I wonder how it would look?

  5. Kim
    August 17, 2009, 2:40 pm

    Maybe like this or this!

  6. TAO
    August 17, 2009, 3:18 pm

    Wow, those are nice. The first one’s colors are really eye-popping. Thanks for the links.

  7. Mona
    September 7, 2009, 6:00 am

    And now I wish there were affordable modern repro pressed glass ink wells in these lovely stained glass colors!

  8. TAO
    September 7, 2009, 7:22 pm

    I don’t collect nor know much about inkwells. I would like to see some in vivid colors though.

  9. Mona
    September 7, 2009, 7:53 pm

    I don’t know much about them either. I bought a little cut glass bottle in a flea market thinking it was an ink well and then realized it was one of those old perfume containers. I also think stained glass windows are really glorious lightcatchers.