Welcome to Connon Stained glass
At Connon Studios, every project is examined individually and treated accordingly, working closely with the client or architect. Our aim is always to conserve both glass and lead work where possible, and to undertake reversible interventions where necessary. In some cases, significant improvement to the overall appearance may be achieved by dismantling panels in order to replace previous (inappropriate) repairs and restore the original cutline; such interventions would be carried out in consultation with the client or the Conservation architect and with appropriate art historical advice and written reports.
An important element of our practice is to protect endangered windows (those showing evidence of glass corrosion, paint loss or biological growth of moulds or algae), where necessary, In some cases a period of environmental monitoring by a recognised body may be recommended to support the case for protective glazing or wire guards and to demonstrate its efficacy; however, with the wealth of published evidence available from previously monitored projects, as well as Connon stained glass practical experience, we believe that monitoring is not always necessary for every building.
All conservation work is undertaken in-house by our multi-skilled team, including restoration painting by our resident artist / designer Evan Connon All projects are fully documented, from initial condition to records of work undertaken.
Charles Connon 1900 - 1939
Charles Connon was born in Dublin at the end of the nineteenth century and the beginning of the twenith century, Charles Connon's family was involved in Church Art for over three centuries.
Now his grandson Evan Connon keeps the family tradition going into the twenty first century,
Charles Connon was Born in 1900 and at the age of 14 he took a apprenticeship in the Joshua Clarke studios Dublin and served 8 years as a trainee apprentice artist learning from master painters like Harry Clarke and Richard King on how to paint stained glass. Irish Stained glass was probably at its most vibrant stage in Ireland with Evie Hone, AE Child, Bill Earley and many others.
Charles Connon lived on the foothills of the Dublin mountains in Dundrum with his family and he would travel the country painting and decorating church's while still painting stained glass windows in the Harry Clarke studios. It was on one of these trips as he travelled to Buttervent, Co Cork on his motor bike with his son Patrick Connon he is to believed have stopped three times due to feeling unwell and on his arrival at Buttervent he collapsed and died from Tuberculoses at the age of 39.
The artistic gene jumped one generation before resurfacing with Evan Connon becoming Ireland best known stained glass artist in the twenty first century and the name Connon still survives and makes wondrous creation of stained glass windows in Ireland and internationally
From the removal of stained glass to the installation of stained glass, James has over 30 years experience in the field. James has a broad and in depth knowledge of the trade