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.
For example, artistic glass created with the technique of sand-blasting stands out for its particular opacity conferred to the points at which the high pressure jet of silica sand is directed: this is able to erode the surface of the glass, etching the desired decoration and giving it a characteristic opaque consistency which, while allowing light to filter through, protects privacy as it does now allow a clear view of what is happening beyond the glass.
A similar effect is generated by artistic glass created with the technique of layering fabric: extremely sophisticated, glass layered with fabric allows for the creation of doors, large-sized windows and full-length windows without any risk to safety, as it is accident-prevention glass and is shatterproof which, even in the event of breakage, does not risk injuring people by the multi-directional explosion of shards of glass. Depending upon the type of material, colours and pattern chosen, different aesthetic results will be achieved, able to connote the various environments with different textures and nuances.
Layering with wire mesh on the other hand allows for the characteristics of shatterproof resistance of laminated glass to be maximised, creating at the same time unprecedented plays on colours and unique designs. Depending upon the type of metal used (stainless steel, iron, aluminium, copper, bronze, brass, titanium or any other metal), the way is which it is treated and the combination of other metals or materials of a completely different nature, it is possible to create countless stylistic solutions, which transform functional elements into decorations.
With regard to the colour combinations, one cannot overlook stained glass, obtained by the insertion of certain metallic elements to molten glass and combined in various ways to create original artistic glass. The assembly of the different coloured fragments can occur also by the ancient technique of lead binding, which uses a metal frame and thin, extruded lead to create extremely elegant artistic glass. The colour can also be given to glass through the technique of painting and glazing, which also allows for the creation of unique decorative elements for exteriors, such as facades of buildings or full-length continuous windows.