Although not its primary focus, Dixon Studio can offer museum quality restoration of stained glass windows and other liturgical artwork, to clients who have commissioned other original works from the studio.
When working with antique stained glass, the condition of each window is inspected and documented with notes and photographs. Then, balancing factors such as window condition, historic and artistic importance, and funding, the windows are prioritized for restoration.
Each window is then removed from its setting and transported to the studio where a rubbing is taken prior to disassembly. The deteriorating lead came is cut by hand and the individual pieces of glass removed and saved for reassembly. Broken and damaged glass is repaired or replaced, with every effort made to obtain the same type of glass.
a crew of four removes a century old stained glass window
from its setting at St. Francis Catholic Church in Staunton, Virginia.
Painted pieces are repaired or replicated by a master glass painter who is careful to match the style and clarity of the original pieces.
The original and replacement glass is then reassembled into a full panel with new lead came. Zinc rebar is attached to the front of the panel to prevent future sagging and bowing. Finally, the completed panels are transported to the church and reinstalled.
a replica of a broken piece of stained glass
is painted by Ronald Neill Dixon
for a window at the Church of the Assumption in Nashville, Tennessee
Again, clients who commission new works of art from Dixon Studio
may have need of restoration services on other,
older works belonging to the parish.
Dixon Studio can offer its clients skilled restoration of statuary,
from gentle cleaning and small touchups, to full restoration of broken limbs
and replication of painting, gilding, and lettering.
Our experienced craftsmen can refurbish your vintage wood, marble, and plaster statues and stations, while maintaining their period patina.