Agustín Aguirre started off as an artisan in 2002, and since then he mainly works in elaborating artistic stained glass windows, using different techniques such as the Tiffany technique or leading up. He uses both national and imported glass, as well as recycled bottles and containers.
Leaded stained glass: it is the technique used since antiquity in the manufacture of stained glass windows for cathedrals and churches. Further along in time, it was also used to create smaller-sized stained glass pieces to decorate windows and doors of dwellings. They are created from coloured glass – or glass painted with grisaille – and are joined together using lead profiles and filler. With time, lead progressively deteriorates, especially because of its weight, being its restoration necessary. In this workshop, both new creations are manufactured and stained glass windows are restored.
Grisaille: It is the art of painting glass using metal oxides. It is a widespread technique, especially in the stained glass windows in cathedrals and churches, to create the figures, faces, landscapes…Today it is also very frequently-used in restorations.
Tiffany: this technique was created by Louis Comfort Tiffany, where different types of coloured glass are used to create different artistic objects. It differs from leaded glass in that the pieces are assembled using copper tape and tin welding. With this technique they carry out stained glass windows, lamps, decorative objects, etc. The glass which is used goes from the normal transparent sort of glass which is usually found in windows to Spectrum glass in a wide variety of colours.
Agustín gives courses on artistic stained glass windows and intarsia. Moreover, he carries out live demonstrations of his work in his own shop.
He has carried out exhibitions both at a national and an international level (Japan, Milan, Brussels, Stockholm, Strasbourg…).