COMMISSIONS

Stained glass is custom made. These works are site specific and developed through close collaboration between myself, the client and the fabricating studio. I work with a variety of individuals who contact me directly; architects, designers, home owners and other stained glass studios with which I work as a freelancer. I have worked with clientele across the country.


Princeton University Ivy Club, Princeton, NJ
Design: Thomas Venturella and Indre McCraw
Painter: Indre McCraw
Fabricator: Venturella Studio, New York, NY

This window was created to commemorate the inclusion of women into the Ivy League eating club in the year 1990. This window was completed in 2014.  In the photo showing the building, the window opening is located in the lower left.  The additional photos show the entire window and a few details.


Congregation Beth Or, Maple Glen, PA
Design and painting: Indre McCraw
Fabricator: Venturella Studio, New York, NY

Collaborating closely with the synagogue committee and Venturella Studio, we created a body of windows for the Jayne Haines Memorial Chapel. The following is our artist statement about the body of work:

The three Bima windows were created with the proposed idea of “the journey” to guide us. 
The large central window reflects the historic Jewish journey through the desert into the Promised Land. Venturella Studio presents us with an arch that invites us to pass through a gateway of God's gifts; one not made of stone, but of the seven species that fortify and instill hope on the journey along the path of life ahead.  It is abundant with grapes, figs, olives, dates, wheat, barley, and pomegranates. 
The two tall side windows repeat the Seven Species including the lulav and etrog in an ornamental fashion to celebrate year round the nourishment of Faith and God's gifts to His people.

The three clerestory windows each depict a significant city in the physical landscape of Israel, combining spiritual ideals of Jewish faith with the life and history these places exemplify.

Jerusalem, on the left, is presented as the spiritual center where scholarly study has been active for centuries, and where many seek the repair of the soul.

Tsvat, in the center, portrays the thrust of this hilltop city as it reaches up toward God, where important events in Jewish life are celebrated.  It also exemplifies the principal of loving kindness in action.

Tiberius, on the right, depicts the comfort of the healing waters, the peaceful beauty of God's creation, and the significance of the word of God, where it was first written.


National Center for Civil and Human Rights, Atlanta, GA
Design: Priscilla Malone
Painter: Indre McCraw
Fabricator: Malone Studio, Portsmouth, RI

I was hired specifically as painter for this job.  I am honored to have been a part of this emotional and reverent undertaking. The design process and fabrication was undertaken by the Malone Studio.  I worked long distance to fulfill their vision painting from Priscilla’s cartoons; doing my very best to imbibe the work with the energy, emotion, and flavor of her drawing. 

Photos: original sketches, cartoons and sketches on workbench, painted face of Cynthia, article about the job, two views of the exhibition


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King Chapel, New York, NY
Designer: Dana Nicholson
Painter: Indre McCraw
Fabricator: Venturella Studio, New York, NY

We were guided by the designer to develop these etched, stained and painted roundels and other decorative elements to this elaborate diamond light to meet the high standards of the client.


Private residence, Manhasset, New York

The first photo shows the original drawing created by the client’s friend on the left, the piece painted by me to match the drawing in the center, and a shard of old painted glass for reference provided by the client on the right.

The second photo shows the piece installed.


Clematis Window, New York, NY
Designer: Theo Prudon
Design and Painting: Indre McCraw
Fabricator: Venturella Studio, New York, NY

This is a fully painted but yet delicate window to serve in letting in light but block an unseemly window view.


Decorative sidelight, New York, NY
Painter: Indre McCraw
Fabricator: Venturella Studio, New York, NY

This window is greatly inspired by historic English traced and silver stained windows.


Cardinal Window, Huntington Bay, NY 
Design and painting: Indre McCraw
Fabricator: Venturella Studio, New York, NY

The goal for this window was to create a nearly invisible leading pattern so this window would look light and airy.  The glass is a combination of antique clear glasses and red flashed glass, glass paint and stain. A great deal of a light layer of red glass had to be etched away using hydrofluoric acid  to leave the red birds set cleanly against a clear sky.


Wine cellar windows, Lattington, NY
Design and painting: Indre McCraw
Fabricator: Gordon Stained Glass, Port Washington, NY 

This is a series of four windows in a Long Island mansion located on what was once referred to as the Gold Coast. The repeating tessellating patterned window of the indigenous animals chosen by the client is located at the top of the wine cellar stairs.  The pair of brightly colored windows that are located in the brick wall of the staircase are influenced by my desire to create elaborate, detailed windows with a nod to English children’s book illustration of the 1800’s. Finally, the large tile window in neutral, earthy colors was directly influenced by the decorative tiles chosen for the flooring by the client.  This window was created by painting the tiles in one panel and then by creating another leaded window in front of it painted with faux decorative ironwork designs.


Series of windows, Oyster Bay, NY
Design and Painting: Indre McCraw
Fabricator: Gordon Stained Glass, Port Washington, NY

These windows were created for a restored Gold Coast mansion from the days of the Vanderbilts. The client was a dream saying, “I love your work, what do you think you’d like to do?” The interior design and the taste and interests of the clients guiding me, we created the following body of work. The skylight includes portraits of dogs the clients historically, currently and in the future would like to own framed in Victorian amusement park inspired cotton candy colored glass.  In one guest bedroom bathroom I was inspired by the Delft tiles and wallpaper of the adjoining bedroom and created a blue etched flash glass patterned window. In another guest bedroom on the ground floor, pearly semi opalescent antique glass was chosen to allow privacy. Again, the design of the adjoining bedroom guided my design and I painted these delicate poppies and colorful butterflies.

The last window was for the potting room where I designed boldly colored classic spring flowers cut into a traditional diamond light.


Cornucopia, Berkshires, MA
Designer: Theo Prudon
Design and painting: Indre McCraw
Fabricator: Venturella Studio, New York, NY

This window depicts a magical overabundance.


World Map skylight, New Haven, CT
Design and painting: Indre McCraw
Fabricator: Venturella Studio, New York, NY

These photos show details of a fully painted 8 by 12 foot skylight in a natural light setting.  It shows a world map bordered by a ‘gilded’ frame of oak leaves and woodland creatures indigenous to the North East.


Animals , Colorado Springs, CO and Forest Hills, NY
Design, painting and fabrication: Indre McCraw
 

I am often commissioned to paint animals and flora for clients. Here are a few examples of fully painted pieces and closer details of larger windows.


Pastor, Rockville Center, NY
Design and painting: Indre McCraw
Fabricator: Excalibur Stained Glass

This is a portrait I painted of the church’s pastor to couple with one created by another artist two decades before.


Calvary Cemetery, Sunnyside, NY
Design and painting: Indre McCraw
Fabricator: Venturella Studio, New York, NY

This mausoleum window was badly damaged and the pieta was completely missing. Only very minimal and nearly impossible to read photographs existed. I placed this in commissions as opposed to replications because the decision was made to keep the original border and remake the painted scene.