It’s been a little over a week since my last post, but the delay has yielded a new feature for the blog.  With this post I’m introducing a video interview to supplement the written profile.  I’ll aim to keep the videos brief and concentrate on visual aspects that I textually can’t capture.

Stained glass is an ancient design feature meant to enhance a building’s internal and external beauty.  Some of the oldest stained glass applications can be found in Southern European Cathedrals and date back nearly 1,000 years; more recent fame is attributed to artists such as Louis Comfort Tiffany and Marc Chagall.  Take some time to visit St. Stephen’s (10th and Ludlow Streets) and the south entrance of the Curtis Center (601 Walnut Street) to appreciate several works by Tiffany.  

To see something a bit more contemporary, I suggest contacting Marina Borker.  Marina uses the same leading and glass cutting techniques that have persisted for centuries, but her compositions are much more abstract and fluid than the iconic realism historically enforced on this art.  She’s found local sources for all of her glass and Marina is able to customize a broad range of budgets according to size and choice of materials.

Marina studied at Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (PaFA) and found a home among both painters and sculptors alike.  The two disciplines were separately satisfying and have been unified in her current art.  Stained glass design allows Marina to exercise her drawing skills and add a luminous third dimension.  Furthermore there is a level of practicality in Marina’s art that goes beyond painting and sculpture.  Her pieces have particularly constructive appeal in an urban home where you want to retain privacy, but avoid obstructing sunlight.

KO Angotti is a Philadelphia interior design and energy audit company that patronizes local craftspeople whenever possible. 

Glass samples from house number commission