Stained Glass Workshop of St Elisabeth Convent
If carefully handled, the glass gifts are everlasting. While paints can fade, glass retains its brightness after 50 and even 100 years. Glass is not affected by time, humidity, temperature changes or sunlight.
Glass absorbs surrounding light and tints and in doing so, it “blooms” while at the same time mixing the effects and reflecting the undertones.
The artists worked on the best design ideas from glass. From these ideas, colorful flowers, angels, birds, foxes, butterflies, bugs and many other types of glass souvenirs appeared. There are over 200 different types of glass gifts and each type has over 10 variations.
The glass workshop uses the standard glass fusing technique and at the same time the artists constantly feel the need to improve in order to create something beautiful and unique.
Mastering the art of glasswork took time. In theory, glass fusing is done with a tri-layered glass with a maximum thickness of 9mm and is then placed into the special over where on average the temperature is at 800 degrees Celsius. Here, the workshop uses up to 5 glass layers and a thickness of up to 15mm. It also took time to find the perfect temperature in order to achieve such a vast color diversity.
For example, our glass angel consists of 5 layers, numerous elements, often with different material which includes glass and metal.
How does one create an angel? First, the artist creates an outline, which includes the sizes the colors and all other minor details. The master glasscutter realizes the design by cutting polishing and gluing the image together.
Next, the prepared glass must remain in the oven for 24 hours and cool down for the same ammount of time. Then, then the glass is polished by hand and can be attached to a magnet or placed on a string and finally the glass gift is complete.