Thirion has always been captivated by the art of glass
blowing. Trained as a pastry chef in his native France,
Christian traveled to Venice and Barcelona where he marveled
at the sight of glass artists gathering, blowing and shaping
colorful, glowing glass into masterful works of art. At
this particular time, Christian worked primarily with
chocolate, which as he explains, "starts as a liquid
and is sculpted at specific temperatures before it becomes
hard, working with glass is a similar process."
mastery of pastry broughthim to the United States in 1979
where he shared his expertise with ardent culinary students
and pastry enthusiasts. Although he achieved the status
of master French pastry chef, Christian found himself
still inspired by the medium of glass blowing.
launched his glass pursuits with stained glass and in
1987 he enrolled in a glass blowing class at Santa Barbara
City College. This would prove to be his turning point.
Christian relinquished pastry to pursue glass blowing
full-time and has been dedicated to his craft ever since.
His unique, personal style; the fluidity of his shapes,
innovative use of colors, attention to detail, and often
whimsical themes are the components which make Christian
Thirion a contemporary master.
publications have featured Christian's work and he recently
received the 1996 Niche award for Glass, an industry honor.
His glass is featured in over one hundred art galleries,
as well as, in public and private collections throughout
the; United States, Japan, Germany, France, and Switzerland.
currently lives and works in a 1930's red brick building
that formerly housed a school. When Christian is not traveling
or blowing glass, he enjoys his home located in Finger
Lakes region of New York State just minutes from the renowned
glass community of Coming.