The VENTURELLA STUDIO prides itself in its reputation for the conscientious approach to the restoration of glass. While the primary concern is stained and leaded glass windows, the restoration of lamps, vessels, sculptures, and uncategorized glass objects are also included. The objective of all restoration and conservation treatments carried out at The Studio is to retain the integrity of each object as it was conceived, designed, and fabricated. This can only be done when there is as thorough as possible an understanding of the artist, the time period in which the object was produced, the initial intent for the object and how it was to function, and the object itself. We research historical material whenever possible in order to shed light for a clearer understanding. Close examination of the object can also turn up information. When original material is missing, clues have been found within the object itself such as the discovery of original glass fragments which failed to be removed during previous repairs.

Documentation is a critical step in a thorough conservation treatment. Photographs in both film and the digital media are taken. In the case of leaded glass panels, rubbings are made. Where American Opalescent window design patterns differ in their exterior and interior surfaces, photographs of both sides of the window are recorded in reflected and transmitted light. Photographs are also taken to document the restoration progress. Photographs are included with conservation reports which are then presented to the client upon completion of the treatment, when requested.

Original material is retained whenever possible with broken glass being repaired in one of the following methods:

  • Silicone edge gluing is used when large expanses of glass are to be returned to an area within the panel that placed stress on the glass. This allows the silicone to act as a flex joint thereby eliminating the need of an additional lead, which would alter the original design.
  • Hxtal NYL-1, a two part epoxy which has a light refractive index closely matching that of glass, is used when additional lead lines will only destroy the integrity of the original design.
  • Finely cut copperfoil where a minimal repair line is required.