Phil and Jane Watkins operate Watkins Stained Glass Studio. Stained glass has been a Watkins family tradition since 1761. In Colorado since1868, the Watkins family is proud to be the state’s premier stained glass studio, as well as the finest and most respected stained glass company in the Rocky Mountain area.
As well as Colorado’s Premier Stained Glass Studio, it is also one of the oldest and most internationally recognized families in the world creating leaded stained glass windows and providing historical stained glass restoration and preservation.
New stained glass windows for churches, homes, businesses and mausoleums. Restorations and repairs of stained glass. Evaluation of stained glass windows, often used for State Historical Fund Grant applications. Appraisals of stained glass windows. Items for sale: glass, bevels, antiques, gifts and jewelry.
Watkins Stained Glass Studio operates by the “Cowboy Code of Ethics”, as it still functions with these core values important for the145 years of success of doing business in Colorado. In this world of slick promoters who come to your door, poor quality and mass-produced products, there is still a business where integrity, honesty, and perfection are of foremost importance and the craft of the “old masters” remains. The photo of the stained glass window depicting the covered wagon with Pike’s Peak in the background was made by Phil’s grandfather, Frank Watkins; this window is a true depiction of the families Colorado legacy.
Phillip Watkins, Jr. carries on the legacy and continues to provide the traditional values and expert master craftsmanship. He uses many of the old tools used by his forefathers and is skilled in every aspect of the stained glass craft. The studio is full service specializing in custom stained glass works of art made from the finest antique European and domestic glass and fabricated by Phil with expert master craftsmanship. The studio is dedicated to producing the finest glass art available in beauty, quality, longevity and value. Since 1960, Phil has made windows for over 380 churches & 4000 homes and businesses. A list of the Churches and Restoration Projects will be attached. The studio works hard to follow true preservation techniques of having all repairs be reversible and utilizing the original materials; this is often far more difficult than replacing the lead and using new glass that is not always a good match. The studio has a huge inventory of European and antique glass so most often the glass can be matched if it cannot be repaired. The outcomes are excellent for restorations. The fabrication of new windows are always enjoyed as it is so wonderful to create and fabricate art in stained glass.
Jane Watkins has a degree in Art History and operates the business facets of the studio, allowing Phil to do his art. They work together on projects and enjoy having the shop Bernese Mountain Dogs at work. The hours vary when the studio is open as so many projects are done on site, but an invitation to visit or tour can be set up by appointment. Most enjoy the museum setting and seeing a traditional full-service stained glass studio.
Joan Chandler has been working at the Studio for 25 years. Gifted as a child in the arts, she became very proficient in drawing and continued her art education. Joan has also become a fine Master Glass Painter and Art Glass Design. Being the daughter of Lutheran Pastor, she has an excellent knowledge of the Bible and loves to work on the studio’s special of Religious stained glass art.
We are sometimes helped out with stained glass projects and installations by the family and long time associates. It is wonderful when the family can work together on projects promoting the stained glass family legacy in Colorado.
Items For Sale at the studio include some antique stained glass windows. There are some exquisite old English and Scottish Stained Glass Windows from the 1860-80’s, as well as several vintage American Antique stained glass windows. There is an extensive inventory of bevels, bevel clusters, as well as very fine European Antique glass made by Saint-Just, Lambert, Saint-Gobain, Fischer, GNA-Desag, Blenko and a large variety of American glass from Kokomo, Wissmach, Spectrum, etc. that can be purchased. Also available for sale are framed Downtown Littleton Main Street Miniatures made by Jane Watkins. There is a gift gallery in the front of the studio with ornaments and fine glass gifts from around the world. Please call for an appointment.
Most of our stained glass windows come with a story. We will share a few of the stories with accompanying photographs throughout these web pages that will be shown below the text of page descriptions. Since we create windows one at a time rather than manufacture, it seems that most of our windows have a story and many are very interesting. We hope you learn something about the ancient art of stained glass and enjoy reading the stories.
An interesting story is that about the above stained glass window of the covered wagon. This is a window that was made by Phil’s grandfather, Frank Watkins, for Cown Hill Mausoleum. It is an excellent painted stained glass window reminiscent of the family’s Legacy as Clarence Watkins, Phil’s great grandfather, had come to Denver in 1868 via a covered wagon full of his tools, glass and supplies. Many of these tools are on display at the studio; we invite you to stop by to see our museum of stained glass history, but good to call first as we are often away from the studio on projects.