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Who we are

Stained Glass Masters is a Cape Town firm founded in 1985 by Jan Bitenco, a master glazier from Romania with a BA (Honours) at the University of Bucharest.

A keen striving for excellence gave rise to word-of-mouth advertising, which soon led to features in various media.

Final recognition came in 1994, when Jan Bitenco was the sole professional in the Cape, and amongst very few in South Africa, to be selected for inclusion in the book "Stained Glass in South Africa", by John Oxley.

By then Jan Bitenco was already the first South African to be commissioned for a stained glass window in an English church (St. Gile's - Bletchington - Oxfordshire.)

Since our involvement in 2001 with the completion of the Great West Window at St. George’s Cathedral jump in Cape Town, Stained Glass Masters works in association with Ateliers Loire of Chartres - France. jump

The firm, together with its founder, remain the outstanding names on the local scene. Our skills and craftsmanship are unsurpassed on the continent of Africa and are amongst the best in the world.

From medieval techniques to modern concepts, from traditional work to contemporary and architectural, from representational to abstract, from design to finished product, this firm is here to be of service in the medium of manifested light.

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Nicholas is a new member of the Stained Glass Masters team. He is a graduate of the Florence Academy of Arts, Italy. He has also completed a one year painting programme in St. Petersburg, Russia, and stained glass courses at the Princes School of Traditional Arts in London. Some of his achievements include winning the best drawing of the year at the Florence Academy of Arts 2009 as well as being awarded a teaching scholarship 2013. Nicholas was also the overall winner of the "Vuleka" Art Competition in 2013. He is now living in Cape Town as a professional artist, as well as doing work for Stained Glass Masters while receiving further training under Jan Bitenco.


NB: For digital records, this is the original site of Stained Glass Masters.
In 2015 Jan Bitenco retired and Nicholas Esterhuizen took over Stained Glass Masters.
The new website can be found at www.stainedglassmasters.co.za.


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