Made in the Midwest: The Vibrancy of Stained Glass

Posted at: 11/07/2012 4:21 AM
Updated at: 11/07/2012 9:37 AM
By: Ellery McCardle

(ABC 6 NEWS) -- Nothing lights up a room more than a vibrant piece of stained glass. Most are very old and found in churches.

A shop in Winona is known to create its own vibrant windows and repair existing ones.

If there's one place where color stands out, it's at Cathedral Crafts.

"Close to 15,000 square feet of glass in house," said Eric Penic, president of Cathedral Crafts.

From blues to reds, the entire rainbow is inside this shop and its the craftsmans' job to make sure that color comes alive.

Some windows are designed in house, but a bulk of projects involve restoring old ones.

"The lead caming is what deteriorates so what you have to do is disassemble the old window, take out the old lead and put in the new came," said Penic.

As you can imagine a lot of the windows restored are very old. One that is being restored is from a church in Stillwater, Minnesota and is well over 100 years old.

Penic spends a lot of time traveling throughout the Midwest and Northeast inspecting old windows and looking at how his team can create new, vibrant ones.

Opening eyes to such intense color old and new. Each one with its own powerful statement.

"Putting in a new window in a church that didn't have stained glass that's definitely the most rewarding. I get that a lot you know 'it looked like a warehouse before I had put in stained glass,'" said Penic.

Penic says there's more stained glass windows that need repair than people think. He says it's an up and down business because the repairs can be costly and churches may not have enough money.