Artistic glass


The technique of layering gives to glass characteristics of greater resistance, generating at the same time unique aesthetic effects. The choice of materials that can be inserted into the glass pane is practically limitless and thus allows for the maximum customisation possible. In particular, the application of wire mesh to laminated glass allows for innovative decorations to be created that are able to bring alive with taste and elegance any type of environment, ensuring, at the same time, high levels of safety.


As well as the technique of sand-blasting, lead binding, gilding, glazing or painting, the creation of artistic glass can be performed also by using the method of layering with fabric. The layering of glass is a technique that allows for a vast range of materials to be inserted within the glass pane able to produce unique aesthetic effects.


The creation of artistic glass constitutes an important part of the activities of Vetreria Re, which dedicates many resources and great creative and production energy to the creation of unique decorations by the most functional and creative techniques for the artistic processing of glass, such as sand-blasting, glazing or painting, lead binding and layering with fabric or with wire mesh. From these techniques which allow for the creation of artistic windows with unique and unrepeatable decorations, the gold-leaf technique stands out.


Vetreria Re offers to its extensive yet select international customers artistic windows for interior architecture and outdoor building created by the method of glazing and painting the glass.


Among the main techniques for creating artistic glass, sand-etching, or sand-blasting, allows for the production of embossed mono-chromatic decorations on the surface of the glass, able to stand out both under full light and in more shady areas, giving discretion to the look without reducing the contribution of light. Sand-etched glass in fact allows for the passage of light from one room to the other but, thanks to the special processing technique which characterises it, prevents a full view of what is happening on the other side of the glass, thus being perfect when some privacy is required.


Another method which allows for the creation of artistic glass is sand-blasting; an ancient and versatile technique which guarantees the creation of decorations with great effect. Sand-blasting is a mechanical process which consists of exposing the glass (but also other types of materials) to a jet of sand and air able to erode its surface.


The Vetreria Re workshops do not deal exclusively with the processing of industrial glass, but also offer various artistic processes able to enhance with elegance and sophistication the most disparate environments.


Lead binding is an artistic technique that has been used since mediaeval times to decorate glass on large windows of churches and cathedrals. Also known by some as the “cathedral technique”, lead binding allows for the creation of artistic windows of any size, able to furnish and give personality to any environment, making it unique and unforgettable. Vetreria Re, operating in the field of glass processing and the creation of artistic and industrial windows since 1989, is able to handle all phases of designing and creating artistic windows and decorations on glass using the lead binding technique.


Artistic glass is an architectural and decorative element able to enhance indoor environments and outdoor architectures: thanks to a vast range of techniques of glass processing, the use of different materials and particular combinations, artistic glass can in fact be included harmoniously in the different rooms of a private residence, a commercial building, a hotel or a professional studio, but it can also add a touch of colour to the façade of a building, a terrace, a veranda or a garden, contributing towards screening the sunlight without obscuring it completely, and at the same time protecting from prying eyes.