As interested in preserving the legacy and techniques of the 1000 year history of stained glass as she is in pushing the glass medium into new areas, Christie Wood designs and constructs stained, painted, mosaic'ed, laminated, and decorative glass artwork based upon observation and imagination. Wood says, “Glass is a medium which lives and interacts with its environment. I find the play of light through the glass; whether that light is natural, artificial, or modified through various glass techniques, as fascinating and changeable as Texas weather.”
Wood's passion lies in creating new works of art which blend the desires of her client's ideas with her own imaginings and technical expertise in a demanding craft. Clients often comment on her ability to capture their thoughts and emotions in the living glass, especially in her nature-based compositions and portraits. Christie has 8 CD-ROMs of her original stained glass designs for sale through various Internet outlets, and has taught computer-assisted stained glass design at Stained Glass Association of America (SGAA) conferences.
Christie founded her stained glass company, Art Glass Ensembles, in 1995. What started as a wholesale-only business (i.e. creating stained glass suncatchers for resale in stores and catalogs throughout the USA) has evolved. Art Glass Ensembles is now a full-service stained glass studio providing design, construction, installation, repair, and restoration services; employing 3 part-time assistants. Christie's artwork may be found throughout the country, as well as with collectors in England, Australia, and New Zealand. She has been featured on HGTV, and participated in a collectors-invitational only art show associated with the Oscars in Hollywood in 2012. Her main work is now commissioned by churches, public art, and private collectors in the North Texas and Austin areas.