Stained glass is evolving alongside the architecture to which it belongs.

Frans Kat has been integrating stained glass into architectural settings for well over two decades. Some of the techniques he uses are often traditional, including kiln-fired glass painting, acid etching, sandblasting, plating and fusing. However the designs are contemporary and relate closely to elements within the architecture.

Early on in his career, master workshops under the direction of stained glass luminaries such as Ludwig Schaffrath and more particularly Johannes Schreiter, in 1986, had a marked influence on the thinking, if not the style, of Frans Kat.

Today, he has a style very much his own, while retaining a versatility and adaptability. He has, on occasion, been inspired by elements from the life story of his clients and these have sometimes been reflected symbolically within the design. At other times he may take elements from the world of nature directly where the building is situated, or sometimes the building’s function or design may be a cause for emphasis.


 In a sense, stained glass can be seen as a painting in three dimensions; the third dimension being created by what is seen through the glass, a quality unique to glass art.





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Atrium window, 110 by 200 cm

Music room window, stained and painted glass 5.5 by 4 m

Drawing up full scale 'cartoon' of music room window

Spa window, 125 by 93 cm

Dressing room French doors, painted and stained

Etched glass and leadlight, main entrance

Hall features window 140 by 80 cm

Spa window 140 by 80 cm

Hall feature window 130 by 74 cm

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   Front door and side light, painted and stained glass 220 by 350 cm

   Master bedroom window stained and painted glass 2 by 2 m

Bar window stained and painted 160 by 100 cm