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Stained glass window, 27' x 7.5.' Sacred Heart College, Taravao, Tahiti, May, 2014


Ancient Arts owner Mark Schoem was able to fulfill a childhood dream of a visit to Tahiti when the studio was commissioned for a stained glass project at the Sacred Heart College in Taravao (Lycee Sacre-Coeur de Taravao). The background of the window depicts the landscape of Tahiti and some of the activities of the people as viewed from the plateau of Taravao. This beautiful landscape of mountains and ocean is situated at the isthmus that joins the two sections of the island, Tahiti Nui and Tahiti Iti. The central figures of the window are Fr. Jean-Marie de la Mennais (d. 1860) of the Brothers of Christian Instruction (Frere de la Instruction Christian) who sent the first Catholic missionaries to Tahiti and Archbishop of Tahiti Paul Maze (d. 1976) a beloved and revered leader of the Catholic Church in Tahiti. The window was installed in May, 2014 and a group of 700 dignitaries and guests attended the dedication on May 8th , 2014.


In 2015 Ancient Arts designed, fabricated and installed on October 1st a stained glass window with the image of the Black Madonna of Bistrica in a niche dedicated by the faithful and loyal Croatian parishioners of Mary Star of the Sea in San Pedro. A statue of Madonna and child was charred, but survived when the Catholic Church in Bistrica, Croatia was burned during a Turkish invasion in the 16th century. The survival of the statue was deemed a miracle and the present day Baslica is a place of pilgrimage today. In 1998, Pope John Paul II's visit to beatify Croatian Cardinal Aloysius Stepanic took place before a crowd of 500,000.   

The Black Madonna
of Bistrica,
October, 2015

Damaged window, St. Ambrose, April, 2015


In April of 2015, Ancient Arts was commissioned by the Archdiocese of Los Angeles to restore a stained glass window at St. Ambrose Church in West Hollywood, CA. The magnificent stained glass, circa 1950, throughout the Church, including the subject of this restoration were the creation of the Harry Clarke Studios of Dublin, Ireland. The Harry Clarke artistic touch is on full display with the vivid colors, the diapering (decorating with a repeated pattern) of the painted details and particularly in the multicolored glory of the angel's robe. The jacket of the young girl and the ship were plated (two layers of glass) for added depth and detail. This stained glass panel was re-installed in its proper place on August 8th, 2015.

St. Ambrose, Completed Restoration, August, 2015

Bedroom Patio door,
San Pedro, CA

Residential office entryway,
Rancho Palos Verdes, CA

Cabinet doors,
San Pedro, CA

Residential swimming pool window, Lomita, CA.

San Pedro, CA

Solar System, Residential door,
San Pedro, CA


Ancient Arts was commissioned by the Construction Department of the Archdiocese of Los Angeles to restore two sections of a large stained glass window, approximately 6' x 5', that was vandalized at St. Matthias. The window is a beautiful and traditional depiction of Jesus as the Good Shepherd. It was challenging to match the colors of the damaged and broken glass as closely as possible. This was achieved by checking our stained glass distributor in California and sending samples to stained glass factories, Kokomo in Indiana and Wissmach in West Virginia.

St. Matthias,
damaged side panel

St. Matthias, damaged area of center panel

St. Matthias, exterior view of damage

St. Matthias window restored, October 2015

Ancient Arts Stained Glass Studio provides design, fabrication, installation, repair and restoration services of custom decorative glasswork including stained glass, beveled glass and leaded glass
for churches and other religious institutions, commercial and residential clients. Located in San Pedro, serving Los Angeles, Riverside, San Bernardino and Orange County, Southern California.

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