Our resources include expertise in traditional techniques for building and restoring simple rectangle and diamond lites through the design, fabrication and installation of original creations, as well as removal, repairs and installation.
Founding and building Solstice Stained Glass from the ground up, owner Emily Carlson was trained in the traditional methods of the technologies of stained glass as an apprentice then managed a small restoration studio in Chicago’s norther suburbs. After nine years, she launched Solstice Stained Glass in 2008. A recent move has relocated Solstice to Chicago’s South Side industrial corridor. Gathering a staff of European and locally trained stained glass professionals who have worked on countless leaded and stained glass windows, our resources include expertise in traditional techniques for building and restoring simple rectangle and diamond lites through the design, fabrication and installation of original creations, as well as removal, repairs and installation. Our new location provides increased opportunity for execution of laminated and fused glass art installations. Passionate about creating and restoring authentic beauty in the built environment, Solstice prides itself on the care and dedication to quality that we bring to each project.
Services start with condition assessment, historic restoration, conservation, design and fabrication of traditional and contemporary architectural stained and leaded glass.
Resources also allow us to create custom, unique works of art using laminated and fused glass sandblasting and mosaic, for religious, residential, commercial, and institutional buildings and architectural and open spaces.
While our Chicago studio is based in the Midwest, project reach includes in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Wisconsin, Arkansas and Ohio, and extends from Vermont, New York, Virginia, Connecticut, and Florida to Texas, California, Arizona, Washington and Oregon.
Williamsville Meeting House, Williamsville, New York. Complete restoration of historic stained glass windows
Congregation B’nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim (BJBE), Deerfield, Illinois. Inception, custom design and fabrication of an 11’ x 11’ x 18” sculptural stained glass installation into a 9’ x 9’ opening
The University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois. Set the standard at this institution for highest level of conservation of vintage old wavy glass, while restoring rectangle lites along the Oriental Institute's west elevation. Restoration of stained glass windows in the adaptive reuse of the Chicago Theological Seminary into Saieh Hall, as converted to their Department of Economics
First Presbyterian Church of Champaign. Restoration of sanctuary stained glass windows
Other Affiliations, Designations, Special Certifications
WBE, Certified by the Women’s Business Enterprise National Council (WBENC)
WBE, City of Chicago
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