CJL designs are a specialist company dedicated to unique buildings and the solving of individual problems. Our clients receive a personal service which will encompass many of window related problems and so we can simply offer restoration glass or lead light windows or solve the rust or water ingress which is causing difficulties to frames.
We have kilns and facilities for painted stained glass and sandblasting for heraldic work or contemporary work and work along side oak and metal specialists for frames, doors etc. The stainless steel frames which are produced in our own workshop are for special restoration work and latterly free standing glass pieces for gardens. Screens for sun/garden rooms fall within this remit.
We come from engineering and design backgrounds to offer traditional practical solutions for existing work or with a contemporary twist for modern buildings, and are very willing to work through your individual needs to find the most appropriate answer.
The privileged afforded by working on interesting and historical buildings is repaid by ensuring that restored glass is returned in a state able to withstand another long period of historical activity and the next generation of craftsmen will find themselves speculating and musing on who we were as we do those before us.
Garden Glass has come from a traditional stained glass base and we have
learned through the restoration of historical glass. So much applies that we
have taken the skills from the traditional side and developed them for
today's use. There is too much mediocrity currently in both the use of
materials and design and we aim to show that an individual piece of art is
an obtainable norm and not the exception.
By taking on relevant modern materials but retaining that which is important
in manufacture we have out-door glass for contemporary lifestyles as well as a
design service for garden rooms and modern open plan houses .Modern fixings
and materials ensure clean uncluttered lines with low maintenance and striking
visual impact or subtle blending of ancient and modern.
Sunlight is a constant in most people's gardens and by selecting the right spot and
choosing the correct glass anywhere can be enhanced .We favour a hand made
Polish glass which we think offers value for money while affording a
wonderful range of colours and most importantly has "life" which is rarely
found in many modern manufactured types.
Unlike water which is usually artificial and has to be encouraged with
electricity and leak proof plastics a piece of glass will perform
without intervention. If your garden has a directional light source or you
sit out of an evening then with careful placing these resources can be used
to maximum effect. Placing a piece to be viewed from a window is the most
common request ensuring year round pleasure.
One very common request is for toilet and bathroom windows. There is so
much dull obscure glass in our houses; however a coloured and painted
window affords privacy while giving colours and light and even some view by
carefully selecting where to place less obscure glass.
A room flooded with
colours is a joy and a small toilet window is good place to start for people
who are not sure how to commission individual pieces of art. A lot of our
clients are commissioning for the first time and we will help you through
the process with advice and initially a series of sketches to give direction
to the commission when we know in what direction the ideas are to develop
then a final sketch to ensure we are all in agreement and manufacture can
If there are builders or other professionals involved we will work with them to ensure times and schedules coincide. All our pieces are made to order and a manufacturing time will occur, you will be consulted as to the progress of your piece .Fitting the piece is undertaken by us if you require.The sculptures have bases and instructions for the DIY enthusiast.