Stained glass artists create designs for art objects made of glass, such as windows, bottles, bulbs, dishes and lampshades. They use both plate and window glass and scraps of safety glass from such items as windshields.
Stained glass artists study the shape of the window and integrate practical requirements with their knowledge of symbolic images and glass cutting. They make a full size working pattern and select and cut the glass according to the designed pattern. This can only occur once the cost has been estimated. The stained glass artist then assembles all the pieces and secures them in place. The glass is then stained or painted and fired in order to stabilise the colours. The stained glass artist then installs the completed window.