Co-founder of Studio Xaquixe, Christian has worked with glass for 30 years.
His career began in Washington State studying at a graphic art center there.
His artwork continued to mature in New York City from 1990 to 2000 working with
Joseph Porcelli, Victor Rothman, Urban Glass and many others.
Some examples of that period include creating and performing design projects for
Jed Johnson, Daryl Hannah and Richard Gere with glass master Patrick Clark.
In concert with his design work
Christian was also dedicated to maturing his skills in conservation at the
Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Brooklyn Museum and the Chicago Navy Pier Museum
under the direction of Mary Clerkin Higgins. A full CV is available upon request.
The year 2000 marked the start of Thornton’s ongoing fascination and experimentation with recycled glass
innovative designs and alternative energy sources, beginning with his work at the Maho Bay glass studio in St. John USVI.
At the close of 2001, Christian relocated to Oaxaca, Mexico where he designed and built Studio Xaquixe.
Years of labor and innovation have yielded the creation of the “Enviroglassart” concept
(the combination of the necessary components that constitute a sustainable art glass center):
formulation of waste glass, recuperation of heat, application of alternative energies and
innovation of business models that adhere to the principles of social and environmental responsibility.
These concepts and technologies have enabled Studio Xaquixe to make art and architectural pieces from recycled glass.
Christian Thornton continually tests and refines the Enviroglass equipment
and is now fabricating a project for a new eco-cluster member in Northern Mexico.
While in Mexico, Christian’s appetite for design has not waned.
He has conceived an array of distinct glass bottles for international mezcal brands
such as: Mezcal Sombra (NY), Mezcal Los Amantes (NY) and Mezcal La Reyna (Chicago).
In 2009 Christian was invited to design the signature sculpture
to commemorate the 25th anniversary of Montblanc (luxury writing instruments).
The following year he created a shot glass for Mezcal La Sombra.
Along with a myriad of design projects
Christian has never ceased creating art, receiving awards in Mexico’s first and second Bienal de Arte en Vidrio
and participating in individual and collective exhibitions in galleries across the globe.
An annual participant at the Urban Glass Auction, Thornton’s work has been received in the collections of
Ellen Hoffman-Castleman (CA), Elena Lichentien (NY), Carles Marinoff (NY) and Alfredo Harp Helú (MEX).
Always open to collaboration, Christian advises and assists artists
such as Maestro Francisco Toledo, Jan Hendrix and Alejandro Santiago
into projecting their art through glass.