Botti Studio offers a wide range of architectural arts services.

Including.... 

altars 

baptismal pools

conservation

consultation

decorative painting

documentation

frame fabrication

gold leaf

 

mosaic

mural conservation

new design

packing

plastering

preservation

re-installation

re-leading

repair

 

inspection

specialty art glass

    beveled glass

    faceted glass

    protective glazing

    stained glass

statuary

transportation

woodworking

 
 
 

REPAIR

NEW DESIGNS

RESTORATION

 

Botti Studio of Architectural Arts, established in 1864 has produced many fine works of art for ecclesiastic, commercial and residential projects. Our dedicated artists, designers and craftsperson's can help you to develop your project from conception to finish drawings and construction documents and can fabricate and install your pieces in a professional and timely manner. Whether your project is large or small Botti Studio is here to serve you.

 

Botti Studio is staffed by an in house group of dedicated artist and designers that collectively have literally centuries of experience in the field of architectural arts.

 

 

 

 

STAINED GLASS

Through the years, stained glass windows have been used as a source of teaching, a font of inspiration and a beacon of pride and hope to the community. For over one hundred and forty years Botti Studio has worked in conjunction with congregations and individuals to assist in the development and implementation of their unique visions and ideals in works of art relevant to the individual community and their sensibilities.Botti Studio staff of artist and designers can help you to realize your visions from design conceptualization, through fabrication and to installation. Botti Studio, staff of professional artists and craftsmen can see your project through and offer sole accountability for all phases of the project.Botti Studio of Architectural Arts, established in 1864 has produced many fine works of art for ecclesiastic, commercial and residential projects. Our dedicated staff of artists, designers and craftsperson's can help you to develop your stained glass project and can fabricate and install your pieces in a professional and timely manner. Whether your project is large or small Botti Studio is here to serve you.Botti Studio is staffed by a group of dedicated artist that collectively have literally centuries of experience in the field of stained glass.

 

 

PROTECTIVE GLAZING

The use of protective glazing, properly designed and correctly installed can protect your valuable art glass from both acts of vandalism and the effects of "mother nature". Though not always necessary, nor even desirable, when the use of protective glazing is indicated it is vitally important that the glazing system be properly designed and installed. The design should include adequate ventilation of the air pocket, sensitivity to the architectural details of both the art glass and the structural surround and an understanding of the structural forces at work in an architectural setting. 
Implementation of the system design by properly trained and conscientious installers is also highly important. 

At Botti Studio we employ an installation crew that has a vast range of experience in different types of architectural installation situations. Whether stone, metal, wood, terra cotta, or brick our crews have worked with them all. Our staff of designers have through years of experience and study, developed the knowledge base to implement a sound and aesthetically sensitive solution to your protective glazing needs. 

Our contacts in the industry allow us access to a vast array of expertise as to the proper use of the latest glazing materials and sealants, allowing us to offer a product unsurpassed in our field. 


 

 

 

FACETED GLASS

 

After all pieces are cut to the artisan’s satisfaction, selected pieces are "faceted" or chipped along their edges to give a sparkling effect. The cut glass is laid out on a pattern and ~1/2" of sand is sifted onto the framed panel to fill the spaces between the glass. An epoxy slab glass compound is then poured around the pieces. Just before the epoxy sets, an aggregate of sand or other crushed stone, roofing graduals, marble chips or similar material can be sprinkled onto the tacky surface to give the panel texture. The panel is then allowed to cure for at least 24 hours. The panel is then flipped and the pouring process is repeated. This double pour method produces a panel from 7/8" to 1" thick. The epoxy is actually an amalgam of resin binder with silica filler and when set gets a glass like finish. Some studios fabricate panels using variations on the Botti method by employing wax paper or a thin layer of sand to create a "single pour" panel. These panels are usually thinner than the double poured pieces and typically have one rough or uneven side.

 

The faceted glass making technique has its roots in France where the original matrix used was cement. When this process was first brought to the US, differences in climatic conditions caused problems with the cement/glass combination. The introduction of epoxy slab glass compound, which has an expansion/contraction coefficient similar to glass, helped to solve these early problems. Faceted glass panels can be combined to form large and elaborate curtain walls by stacking panels on top of each other. Faceted glass was very popular in the US in the 1970s and 80s. Since that time, faceted glass has fallen out of fashion and slab jobs are now few and far between.

 

This media is actually very enjoyable to work in because it is a more free flowing than tightly regimented leaded glass. The drawings are done more loosely, which allows the crafts person more creative latitude. A skilled and experienced artisan can do some quite amazing things with a slab hammer Faceted glass is a media which combines Art glass and sculpture in a very imaginative way. Faceted glass, Slab glass or Dalle de verre is a type of art glass which mixes glass work and sculpture in a vibrant and alluring way.This technique is relatively recent and has found its way into many churches since the 1960's. It is a beautiful alternative to traditional leaded glass and can form large curtain walls of dramatic effect.

 

Faceted glass, slab glass, or Dalle de verre is a type of art glass comprised of pieces or "slabs" of glass which originally come in 8" x 12" x 1" slabs or Dalles. The glass is cut with a glass cutter and then broken on an "anvil". (An anvil is a round 2" steel bar set in a wedge of epoxy.) After the basic geometric pieces are rough cut on the anvil, the finish cutting is done using a hammer similar to a mason’s hammer. Following this "rough cutting" process, the glass is laid out on a pattern and trimmed up to follow the epoxy lines. 

 

 

 

 

 

BEVELED GLASS

Beveled glass has the unique capability of harnessing the prismatic beauty of sunlight and projecting it onto your interior spaces. Hand beveling is the labor-intensive technique of applying a ground-beveled edge to a piece of plate glass. This technique is usually applied to clear 1/4" float glass or to 1/4 " "glue chip" glass but can also be employed on some of the available tints of colored 1/4" glass to startling effect.

Botti Studio had a complete line of hand beveling equipment and can produce new beveled pieces to match customer requirements or can match existing beveling in restoration.

The use of machine produced stock bevels can greatly reduce the cost of a project and put beveled glass art panels within the reach of most clients. Through the use of stock beveled clusters augmented by custom alterations to these cluster pieces as well as addition of custom hand beveled pieces as required the studio can provide an art glass window which is unique and adapted to the individual clients vision.

Botti Studio of Architectural Arts, established in 1864 has produced many fine works of art for ecclesiastic, commercial and residential projects. Our dedicated staff of artists, designers and craftsperson's can help you to develop your art glass project and can fabricate and install your pieces in a professional and timely manner. 

 

MOSAIC

Mosaic art is a study of line and color derived from the placing of individual pieces of tile and glass in a determined pattern and grouting them in place. Mosaics are designed to last. Our artist and craftsperson's are sensitive to this concept and endeavor to produce art to last through the centuries.

Botti Studio of Architectural Arts, established in 1864 has produced many fine works of art for ecclesiastic, commercial and residential projects. Our dedicated staff of artists, designers and craftsperson's can help you to develop your mosaic project and can fabricate and install your pieces in a professional and timely manner. Whether your project is large or small Botti Studio is here to serve you.

Botti Studio is staffed by a group of dedicated artist that collectively have literally centuries of experience in the field of mosaics and murals.

 

STATUARY & SCULPTURE

Cast and hammered bronze and metals, carved marble, stone, plaster and wood working have been staples of the architectural arts from antiquity. Designed to last through the millenniums, statuary and architectural appointments are designed and fabricated by our highly skilled artists and crafts persons with a special eye to this longevity.

Botti Studio of Architectural Arts, established in 1864 has produced many fine works of art for ecclesiastic, commercial and residential projects. Our dedicated staff of artists, designers and craftsperson's can help you to develop your sculpture project and can fabricate and install your pieces in a professional and timely manner. Whether your project is large or small Botti Studio is here to serve you.

Botti Studio is staffed by a group of dedicated artist that collectively have literally centuries of experience in the field of sculpture. 

 

DECORATIVE PAINTING & MURALS

Botti Studio of Architectural Arts, established in 1864 has produced many fine works of art for ecclesiastic, commercial and residential projects. Our dedicated staff of artists, designers and craftsperson's can help you to develop your mural project and can fabricate and install your pieces in a professional and timely manner. Whether your project is large or small Botti Studio is here to serve you.

Botti Studio is staffed by a group of dedicated artist that collectively have literally centuries of experience in the field of mosaics and murals

Murals, public art applied directly to the building surface can serve as a focal point for the congregation, group or community and relay a message to the community at large.

 

 

 

WOOD WORKING

From custom pieces of furniture, liturgical appointments to fine sculpture in wood, Botti Studio's staff of designers, artists and artisans can help you to develop new functional handmade pieces designed to complement the artistic setting in which they are to function.

 

LITURGICAL CONSULTATION

As experts in the field of design and conservation, Botti Studio provides services of artistic and technical consulting for architects, churches and individuals. Botti Studio can develop project specification and provide bid documents to allow a project to be sent for competitive bidding. 

Botti Studio’s experience in historical documentation gives the Studio the expertise to inspect and document existing project conditions and to offer recommendation and prioritization of work required for proper stewardship of historic art work. Botti Studios thorough understanding of architectural art and the fundamental relationships of architectural art to the structural building surround helps to provide a “big picture” view to architects and individual clients.

 

SYNAGOGUES

 

After all pieces are cut to the artisan’s satisfaction, selected pieces are "faceted" or chipped along their edges to give a sparkling effect. The cut glass is laid out on a pattern and ~1/2" of sand is sifted onto the framed panel to fill the spaces between the glass. An epoxy slab glass compound is then poured around the pieces. Just before the epoxy sets, an aggregate of sand or other crushed stone, roofing graduals, marble chips or similar material can be sprinkled onto the tacky surface to give the panel texture. The panel is then allowed to cure for at least 24 hours. The panel is then flipped and the pouring process is repeated. This double pour method produces a panel from 7/8" to 1" thick. The epoxy is actually an amalgam of resin binder with silica filler and when set gets a glass like finish. Some studios fabricate panels using variations on the Botti method by employing wax paper or a thin layer of sand to create a "single pour" panel. These panels are usually thinner than the double poured pieces and typically have one rough or uneven side.

 

The faceted glass making technique has its roots in France where the original matrix used was cement. When this process was first brought to the US, differences in climatic conditions caused problems with the cement/glass combination. The introduction of epoxy slab glass compound, which has an expansion/contraction coefficient similar to glass, helped to solve these early problems. Faceted glass panels can be combined to form large and elaborate curtain walls by stacking panels on top of each other. Faceted glass was very popular in the US in the 1970s and 80s. Since that time, faceted glass has fallen out of fashion and slab jobs are now few and far between.

 

This media is actually very enjoyable to work in because it is a more free flowing than tightly regimented leaded glass. The drawings are done more loosely, which allows the crafts person more creative latitude. A skilled and experienced artisan can do some quite amazing things with a slab hammer Faceted glass is a media which combines Art glass and sculpture in a very imaginative way. Faceted glass, Slab glass or Dalle de verre is a type of art glass which mixes glass work and sculpture in a vibrant and alluring way.This technique is relatively recent and has found its way into many churches since the 1960's. It is a beautiful alternative to traditional leaded glass and can form large curtain walls of dramatic effect.

 

Faceted glass, slab glass, or Dalle de verre is a type of art glass comprised of pieces or "slabs" of glass which originally come in 8" x 12" x 1" slabs or Dalles. The glass is cut with a glass cutter and then broken on an "anvil". (An anvil is a round 2" steel bar set in a wedge of epoxy.) After the basic geometric pieces are rough cut on the anvil, the finish cutting is done using a hammer similar to a mason’s hammer. Following this "rough cutting" process, the glass is laid out on a pattern and trimmed up to follow the epoxy lines. 

 

 

 

 

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