GLASS MAG­NO­LIA

Arts and Crafts Homes - - NEW WORK -

Greene and Greene's “Ul­ti­mate Bun­ga­lows” in Cal­i­for­nia are noted for their mag­nif­i­cent stained-glass and wood en­tries. In homage, the Laupheimers en­gaged New Hamp­shire glass artist Louis Michael Pulzetti, whose com­pany, Em­met’s Hill Wood and Glass, is known for art lamps, screens, and other glass and wood fur­nish­ings. This has been Pulzetti’s largest com­mis­sion to date.

“In a book, we found a pic­ture of the 'un­can Ir­win House and de­cided to cre­ate a sim­i­lar de­sign, but in ma­hogany in­stead of oak,” Pulzetti says. “-ohn and 'ebbie wanted a tree. When I sug­gested a mag­no­lia, 'ebbie’s eyes lit up.”

He cre­ated 34 pan­els with 14,000 pieces of glass to de­pict a bloom­ing mag­no­lia tree branch­ing to fill the tran­som and side­lights. Each panel has a three-quar­ter-inch cop­per frame, and each in­di­vid­ual piece of glass is out­lined in cop­per foil.

To meet en­ergy-con­scious build­ing codes for new con­struc­tion, a layer of clear glass in­su­lates the ex­te­rior of the stained glass. “It also pro­tects it from po­ten­tial dam­age from branches and the like,” says Pulzetti. -ohn Laupheimer built the ma­hogany doors that frame the glass pic­ture. “Hav­ing a home­owner who is also a crafts­man is rare and won­der­ful,” Pulzetti says. “The project was a true col­lab­o­ra­tion.”

The en­try door is pat­terned af­ter that of the Greenes’ Ir­win House; the stair­case af­ter the Bolton House. Glass artist Louis Pulzetti spent an en­tire sum­mer piec­ing to­gether 14,000 pieces of stained glass.

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