3 generations. Endless know-how and love for the craft.

The story of Atelier Mestdagh is also the story of the family behind the studio. From Albert Mestdagh, who founded the studio in 1947, and his wife Yvonne, about their son Luc and his wife Ingrid, to their oldest daughter Katrien Mestdagh, who joined in 2004. The family (and their group of loyal and experienced employees) loves stained glass art and does everything it can to keep alive the traditional techniques of pater familias Albert.

In 2015, Katrien was awarded the ‘Master in Stained Glass Conservation and Heritage Management’ at the University of York. She is also in contact with numerous international glass specialists, so that the old artisan knowledge is strengthened and supported today by scientific research. Thanks to that know-how and the passionate team, the studio makes and restores stained glass windows just as they did in the past, but with an eye to the future. Atelier Mestdagh wants to inspire as well as bring new artworks into the world.

‘Colour your interior! We are ready for a (stained) glass revival!’

The team behind the artworks

Manager and restorer/curator

Katrien Mestdagh

Glass painter

Luc Mestdagh

Manager and restorer/curator

Glass artist

Davy Meerschaut
Master glazier

Davy Meerschaut

Team Atelier Mestdagh
Master glazier

Wanne Boidin

Laura Ten Zeldam
Master glazier and glass artist

Laura Ten Zeldam

Lies Bertin
Apprentice glazier and art historian

Lies Bertin

Amber Janssens
Apprentice glazier and restorer/curator in glass art

Amber Janssens

Team Atelier Mestdagh
Apprentice glazier (freelance)

Leen Smedts

A proud family firm for over 70 years.

2019
2019

2019
The Flemish Government launches the apprenticeship scheme! Knowledge transfer about stained glass art is assured.

2018
2018

2018
Luc officially retires in April but continues to support the studio. Yvonne Matthijs dies in November.

2017
2017

2017
The studio celebrates its 70th birthday and leaves the centre of Ghent after the same number of years. It moves to Merelbeke.

2012
2012-2015

2012-2015
Katrien Mestdagh obtains her Master in Stained Glass Conservation and Heritage Management (University of York).

2011
2011

2011
Atelier Mestdagh is awarded the public prize for ‘Craftsmanship in the spotlight’ and can be seen in the Canvas series ‘The Three Generations’.

2006
2006

2006
Ingrid’s oeuvre sparkles during an exhibition in the St. Nicholas church. Here she designs her masterly Way of the Cross.

2004
2004

2004
Katrien starts work in the studio. Luc and Ingrid restore the stained glass windows from the Church of St. Catharine in Bethlehem (Palestine).

1998
1998

1998
Atelier Mestdagh celebrates its 50th birthday in style.

1995
1995

1995
Yvonne Matthijs retires and entrusts the studio to Luc & Ingrid

1988
1988

1988
Ingrid’s career as designer takes flight.

1978
1978

1978
Luc marries Ingrid Meyvaert, who is studying visual arts at Sint-Lucas. The birth of a unique combination.

1973
1973

1973
Luc Mestdagh officially joins his mother in the studio.

1972
1972

1972
After the death of Albert Mestdagh, his wife Yvonne Matthijs continues the work.

1947
1947

1947
Albert Mestdagh establishes the Mestdagh studio.

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 Artisan label by the FOD for high-quality craftsmanship

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 ‘Handmade in Belgium’ label, developed by Unizo.

Ateliers-Gabriel

‘Ateliers Gabriel’ label, recognised Belgian studio in excellence

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 ‘Pearls of craftmanship’ label, as proof of skill and knowledge.

The best craftsmen and women in Europe, selected by the Michelangelo Foundation.

An award by Flanders Heritage Agency for years of high-quality work in the heritage sector.

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