Stained Glass Production
We work with clients to create custom designs that are unique and work perfect for the space it will occupy. Our artists start with a rough sketch to capture the idea of the design. When the client is satisfied and approval is given, a digital rendition of the pattern is done on the the computer with exact measurements and lead lines. The pattern is then printed out in full size on our large format plotter.
Because every sheet of glass we use is unique, our team of glass artists hand select each individual piece of glass that goes into a design from our large inventory. Our hot shop can also create custom pieces to act as accent pieces in a window. We work hard to ensure that each piece will be to the customer's satisfaction and approval.
To create art glass windows, each individual piece of glass needs to be cut to the exact pattern created by the designers. Many of the pieces are hand cut and ground to the precise shape. We also use a machine here at our studio that can cut intricate shapes out for us. This machine, using a jet of water shooting at 40,000 PSI will smoothly cut any shape needed for the design.
Glass Art Painting
Unlike other studios, Holdman Studios specializes in outstanding art glass painting. We can create a customized art installation that combines the ancient craft of stained glass with beautiful, professional painting that uses the traditional techniques of art glass painting. By adding a modern twist, we bring to you an art piece that can add not only a personal touch to your piece, but can tell a story. Whether its a family group or the history of your company, Holdman Studios can paint a art glass masterpiece that will touch the lives of those who see it.
To build the piece, all the hand selected, precisely cut pieces are assembled into the design using either lead came wrapped around each piece of glass, or copper foil hand wrapped around each piece, tacked together on a board, and then soldered together.
Cleaning and Insulation
After a project is built, every inch is meticulously cleaned and inspected to ensure all projects we work on are of the highest quality of artistry and craftsmanship. If needed we can insulate the art glass piece between two panes of clear glass using a silicone spacer that has desiccant properties for moisture absorption to ensure the window will not fog up. The window is then ready for installation.
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Story About Us
Tom Holdman’s journey into the visual arts began in his childhood. As a severe stutterer, he found it easier to communicate through his art. His first experience with art glass was in high school with an art teacher who could see Tom’s potential. At the age of 21, he opened a stained glass studio out of his parents’ garage and found patrons by going door to door. Using these earnings, he traveled to Europe to study the masterpieces in stained glass as well as other art forms. On his return, he committed himself to create monumental works of art to touch the lives of million. Some twenty years later, he is doing just that. He owns and operates Holdman Studios, Inc. located at Thanksgiving point in Lehi, Utah. His works of art are appreciated worldwide and represent many different techniques in glass. Tom’s drive to create and to inspire others has blessed local and worldwide communities.Tom Holdman
Working with molten glass kept at 2100˚, our glass blowers work year round in 120 degree temperatures to craft the hot liquid into bowls, platters, lighting fixtures, wall hangings, sculptures, awards and much more. If you are looking for pieces born out of fire, this is the place to give it life.
Blow pipes and punties are heated, as glass will stick to metal that is hot but not to metal that is cold. The pipe is dipped into the crucible of clear molten glass, and rolled to gather the glass onto the pole. The pole is dipped into the crucible multiple times until enough glass has been gathered for any given piece.
Color is added to the clear glass by rolling it in small pieces (frit) or long strings (cane) of colored glass. The heat from the clear glass melts the colored glass. Multiple colors can be layered with clear glass to create depth and nuance throughout the piece.
Glass can be blown into molds, or rolled and shaped by wooden ladles (blocks) or folded on stacks of wet newspaper. Sometimes the glass is pulled and stretched with large tweezers. The punty can be spun quickly to use centrifugal force to open up and flatten out the glass.
If glass is cooled too quickly, it can shatter easily. Once a piece is completed in the hot shop, it is placed in one of our annealing ovens, which will hold it at 1000o until the end of the day. When all of the glass blowing is finished for the day, the ovens will start the annealing cycle, in which they will gradually cool the glass overnight.
Blown Glass Production