Stained Glass Artist

Occupation Information table
Overview: Stained glass artists create stained glass designs & artworks. They prepare the working drawing, prepare glaze for fabrication into decorative windows, art objects and decorative articles. They cut glass pieces to the patterns, wax pieces into place, paint artwork on glass and assemble.
Duties: They create original stained glass designs and artwork, draw cartoons (full size working drawings) and prepare glass for fabrication into windows and art objects.

Consult with clients regarding artistic themes and subject to be portrayed. Study the building architecture style and shapes of windows. Prepare illustrations of designs for client approval.

Use artistic knowledge of glass cutting, stresses, symbolism and history to conceptualize design ideas. They transfer cartoons into patterns and select glass.

They cut glass according to pattern, assemble and wax pieces in place. They paint artwork and detail on glass, and stain and fire glass to fuse and stabilize colors.

Degree(s): A.S. Art: Concentrations in Art & Design or Art History 
Job Outlook: Employment in this field is expected have little or no change from 2018 to 2028. For comparison, the average growth rate for all occupations over the same time period is projected to be 5% to 8%.
Starting Salary: Salaries for beginning artists vary greatly and are often supplemented by a second job. With experience, talented artists can earn higher than average salaries.
Salary Range (National Average): $32,000 to $36,000
Education Level: The typical training required for this career is generally a High School Degree or GED Certificate.
Additional Training/Education: An associate or bachelor's degree in studio or commercial art is the usual training for this field. A knowledge of metals and glass is essential as well as additional courses in art history and fashion trends. It is important for new graduates to have a professional portfolio of their best works when seeking employment.
Recommended Skills:
  • Weighing out the options in a situation or a problem and logically choosing the best course of action.
  • Identifying the most appropriate equipment and tools needed to get a job done.
  • Painting, drawing, crafting, sculpting and creative designing.
  • Using your hands to operated fine instruments and precision tools.
Recommended Values:
  • Doing something where you can physically see the results of your work.
  • Being able to express creative ideas through the arts.

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Understanding acquiring positions in this field may be enhanced through continuing academic study (i.e. earning a baccalaureate or a master's degree) and/or work experience in the field, Queensborough Community College has established transfer agreements with other institutions for students who wish to further pursue their educational goals. Students are highly encouraged to meet with one of our Career Services to fully understand the opportunities available through study in their degree program.