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CUTTING GLASS IN STYLE
Cutglas showroomStained glass panels, which are normally seen in churches in Europe and India are now available in Hyderabad. 'Cutglas', a tiny outlet, opened recently in Marredpally is providing stained glass panels to the city dwellers by displaying various artistic and original stained glass works in its showroom. The rare artworks which add glamour to any place have been used as an ornamentation items in religious structures till today. But thanks to 'Cutglas', now they can be used in decorating homes, hotels and offices.

Established by Nandita Vijayan, the outlet displays the exclusive range of objects carved out of coloured glass. Visiting the outlet is quite an experience to any one. The colourful light reflecting from the stained glass makes this shop a must visit place.

Exquisite lampsNandita, a trained professional in stained glass crafting, moulds the various glass objects which are showcased in the outlet. "Because I'm interested towards creative field, I did a three month course in stained glass crafting at Los Angeles (where Nandita lived after her marriage). After I came back to India, I thought of establishing an outlet to display and sell the stained glass panels. This led me to start Cutglas" said Nandita. Using her artistic mind Nandita makes beautiful objects with original stained glass. She cuts (using a cutter like a pen with a refill of lubricant), grinds, foils (a kind of copper foil) and solders glass (with lead). "Since the last two years she has been living in Chennai where she has a studio in her residence. She operates from Chennai and shuttles between Chennai and Hyderabad very frequently," said Shanta Ambady, mother of Nandita who maintains the outlet in Hyderabad.

Original stained glass articlesThe kind of stuff being displayed here are coloured lamps, flower vases, curio pieces, serviette holders, pen stands, napkin holders, boxes, clocks and small 'suncatchers' like butterflies, teddybears, hollies and candles which can be hung against the light. The textures of the glass vary along with the colour in each item. "In many cases coloured glass from abroad is used although I'm now using the Indian glass as it is cheaper and more economical," Nandita says. The colour combination in Nandita's glass works attract everyone. "As I am also a water colour artist, I am able to use colours effectively," says Nandita.

Apart from the colourful lamps, one of the eye-catching products displayed here is 'Face mirrors'. They are designed with motifs of small flowers and leaves. So, if you are looking for the fashionable and artistical decorations for your place, Cutglas is the right place to check in. The range starts from Rs. 120 (suncatchers) to Rs. 4000 (lamps).

Address:

Hyderabad: 'Cutglas', Ground Floor, adjacent to Food World, West Marredpally main road, Secunderabad 500 026. Phone: 770 0030.

Chennai: 'Cutglas', 7, Ground Floor, Stone link avenue, Off Chemiers Road, R.A. Puram, Chennai-2. Phone: 434 0588 / 434 2062.
-Krishna Chaitanya Karanam
Photographs by: Srinivas Setty
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