Methodical manner needed to restore stained-glass art

Stained Glass  restorer Jean Chantal next to one of her restoration projects
Chantal Jean with one of her latest restoration jobs – a stained-glass window that she will work on for about a month

Crafts in Focus: Delicacy, intricacy and a love of nature are key to the work of a stained-glass window restorer

France has more stained glass windows than any country in the world, which means there are opportunities for stained glass experts to work on restoration projects as well as modern creations.

At present there are 450 businesses with 1,100 maître verriers or vitraillistes and around 80% of their work is in restoration. Their skills are recognised around the world.

Jean Chantal cutting a Stained Glass shape in glass
Ms Jean in her workshop in Rocamadour, in Lot-et-Garonne

Chantal Jean has her workshop in the oldest house in Rocamadour, Lot, close to the sanctuary and its seven chapels and has taken care of all the recent stained glass restoration work at the site.

She is now working on a 19th-century window with a figure of Christ and says it will take about a month to complete. “I keep as much of the original ...

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