Windows: The Octagon and Beveled Glass

Chickadees and Magnolias ©Phoenix 2000

This octagonal window was designed for installation in a hallway on the second floor of the home. The window faces west which is a harsh light, so we muted the light with opalescent glass. The birds are created in clear and blue tinted bevelled glass. When the sun shines directly through the window, the bevels in the birds cast a prism of light which moves on the walls with the movement of the sun.

Note the horizontal grain of the blue background glass which creates the illusion of sky and clouds. The border glass was chosen to compliment the blue of the background.

This window was photographed in the studio as the homeowners chose to install the panel themselves. The green leaves of the studio's garden can be seen throughout the clear bevels of the chickadees.

Many bevel cluster designs are available, both in the nature series and in classic geometric, Victorian or Celtic series.