The techniques used in Christian's work have remained virtually unchanged for centuries. A scale design is drawn and then a full-size drawing is made, called the cartoon. A tracing is taken from the cartoon with lines indicating where the glass should be cut. This is called the cutline drawing.
Mouth blown and rolled glass is selected, cut, painted and fired to create detail, texture and shading to control the light. Sometimes the addition of silver stain is added to create yellow to amber colour accents and highlights. The glass is then leaded together, soldered, cemented and cleaned resulting in the finished panels.
Glass Painting & Stains
The process is very labour intensive and requires a number of different skills at each stage, from creation of the design to painting and leading the panels.