While many studios claim  to produce "stained glass",  very few actually know how to
paint glass or do glass staining.  Instead, most  small studios usually just make glass
panels using copper-foil technique, doing no painting at all.  Larger studios usually
produce leaded windows, a technique dating back to the ninth century.    

Until the middle of the 20th century, practically all major religious or memorial
windows were painted. The art almost died out due to a lack of apprenticed painters,
and most studios  today are unfamiliar with the techniques.

Glass painting, staining, and firing glass in a kiln, requires more skill, but  can  result
in far more detail, letting the artist express concepts more clearly.  Here are some
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