Sunday, February 3, 2013

New Stained Glass Windows at Saint Clare of Assisi, Surprise AZ

At Saint Clare of Assisi, we designed the nave walls to host a series of 20 major stained glass windows depicting significant scenes from salvation history. Each window is in a three-part half circle, based on a Roman "thermae window" design, also called a "Diocletian window", 8 feet wide and 4 feet high.

After an extensive interview process, the parish selected Beyer Studio of Philadelphia PA to design and execute the series.  Beyer Studio was selected for their mastery of the traditional style of stained glass and control of artistic intention.  A significant challenge for the artists was to depict such a varied array of subjects in a very tight, formal, and proportionally rigid canvas, allowing each window to tell its own story while creating a strong sense of harmony and relationship between them all.

The first seven of the twenty windows were installed this past November 2012, with a number of the window illustrating the Luminous and Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary. The full series will be commissioned and installed as the sponsored funding continues.
The Proclamation of the Kingdom

The Transfiguration
The Institution of the Eucharist
The Ascension
The Assumption of the Virgin
The Coronation of the Virgin


  1. Amazing, inspirational and recognizable! Thank you.

  2. Amazing glass work. It reminds me of the elegance of glass cambridge and that all glass can be transformed to class.