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Christian Thirion


Christian Thirion has always been captivated by glass. As a boy in his native France, he would spend family holidays in Venice, Barcelona and Spain where he marveled at the sight of glassblowers gathering and shaping hot molten glass. He grew up in a family of bakers though and ultimately became a Master pastry chef. Thirion worked primarily with chocolate which he explains, "starts as a liquid and is sculpted at specific temperatures before it becomes hard. Working with glass is a similar process." Thirionís mastery of pastry brought him to the United States in 1979. He spent time sharing his pastry expertise with students and culinary enthusiasts and soon thereafter opened restaurants in California. In the early 1980ís he began his career in stained glass and in 1987 he took his first glassblowing class at a local community college. Shortly after this , he sensed he had found his calling and gave up one oven (baking) for another (glassblowing). Thirion has won several awards including the 1996 Niche Award for glass, an industry honor. He has expressed a dream one day of owning his own restaurant again with his glass studio immediately adjacent to it. Give the success he has enjoyed with his glass art, the restaurant may not happen any time soon! His work has evolved into some masterful sculptural vessels, whimsical teapots and other commissioned items.


Red Teapot
Blue Teapot
Kidu Lidded Vessel Short
Kidu Lidded Vessel Tall
Teapot w/ Cup

 




glass artists || art glass gallery || glass bowls  || glass sculptures  || glass vases  || lighting 
glass platters  ||  glass paper weights  ||  glass perfume bottles  || other glass styles||  glass fish
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Kapaa, HI 96746 
Toll Free (888) 255-3527 
or  (808) 822-4527 
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