Glass. This mostly means flat glass, whether decorative or simple plate glass, but we also get involved with bent glass. Glass blowing and glass casting we don't normally work with.

   Types we work with

1) Plate glass   This is by far the most common glass encountered. It is available, however, in different colors other than the light green of iron-glass. These colors range from blue to bronze to pink but also include low-iron glass (a very clear glass with a light bluish tinge or a light yellow tinge depending on the manufacturer), and water white clear glass which is optically clear.
2) Tempered plate glass    This involves heating then quenching standard plate glass. This introduces huge stresses into the glass plate that not only dramatically strengthen it but if the glass is broken by excessive force or impact it will shatter into small non-lethal gravelly fragments that are much less likely to injure a person than the large razor-sharp shards into which plate glass breaks.

Laminated Flat Glass
Laminated Bent Glass

   This is referred to as "safety glass". It's comprised of two or more panes of plate glass that have been glued together with in intersticial layer of some high-strength plastic that in the event of breakage hold the broken glass bits together in the pane. This glue layer can be manipulated by the manufacturer to produce a sandblasted appearance.
   Laminated glass is how most "bent glass" is produced.

4) Decorative Glass
   There are many types of decorative plate glasses that have been cast, ground, colored, or laminated by the manufacturer in order to produce different visual effects. Bendhiem Glass and FJ Gray Glass are companies with large selections of proprietary decorative glasses. These glasses normally can be tempered and bent after acquiring them from their proprietary suppliers.
    We cold-work glass only - no glass blowing or glass casting. The only hot-glass work in which we involve ourselves is glass bending and glass tempering, both of which we contract to large industrial firms with big equipment devoted specifically to these processes. However, we keep ourselves responsible for the precision and quality to which these are produced in the final work.

Below are some images of glass work that we've built.
   This is a trophy case built for a private client. It is comprised of two types of stone, a sandblasted glass pedestal, an etched back mirror, a mitered glass box, and a mitered glass lid with a stone and brass top knob. All the glass pane edges were ground to a mitered edge and adhered together with UV curable optical cement.
   This is a detailed photo of the glass construction of the piece above.
   Not all our glasswork is small. This is an example of large glass work that we've done. It is a glass wall in a museum. The glass is 1/2" laminated glass panels with bolt-holes through which grommets and bolts pass to fasten the glass to vertical structural steel beams behind. Because glass is transparent all aspects of glass construction are visible - the holes have to be clean and accurate, the grommets are visible, the beams behind must be properly finished - there isn't any aspect of glasswork that can be hidden.