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1 day Stained Glass Leading for beginners - Birmingham @ Stained Glassic

Duration: 6 hours

Price: £90

Run by: Jamal Rafay
at Stained Glassic


36 Salop Road
B68 9AB

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About the Course

Please first note that all course dates are flexible. You can also come up with your own desired date/s.
Date confirmation will be sent upon booking.

This course is suitable for all beginners; for those who want to learn stained glass leading in a friendly manner. Learn how to Lead stained glass panels / windows, in the company of a small relaxed group and for some time-out in the homely, informal setting of Jamal Rafay’s artist studio!

(for other courses please visit my website via the link button above)

A one day crash course covers, introduction, design for stained glass, introduction to Medium, Materials, Glass cutting, Glass Leading and cementing.
If you are interested to go further on a particular aspect of the craft for example, glass painting or drawing, then a tailor-made coaching approach is provided to assist your own needs.

No previous stained glass experience is necessary.
A maximum of 2-3 participants per workshop in winters.
Group workshops bigger than 3 participants are organised only in summers.

Jamal Rafay is a professional stained glass artist. He have been making quality stained glass from his studio in Birmingham, UK. Jamal is into art for the last 23 years and in stained glass for the last 13 years. He has worked for several years at John Hardman Studios (est. 1838) as chief designer. Now, he produces painted stained glass from his little studio “Stained Glassic’’ (est. 2011) in Birmingham, UK.

If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above or telephone us. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

From a very basic introduction to professional stained glass techniques are covered within the workshop. The beginners will learn the essential stained glass skills: from design, drawing, glass cutting, leading and so on.

All equipment and a generous abundance of materials provided to use during the course.
You can bring an empty sketchbook or with some of your rough doodles but it is not necessary at all.

You will be provided a glass piece or a selection of small pieces (about 6-7 pieces) to work from. You will be able to finish your project within 6 hours during a one day workshop and will be able to take your panel with you (visit my own website for more images and details). All materials and tools are included in the cost expect if you would like to buy something extra. Gloves and aprons are also provided so you do not have to bring your own. Though you are welcome to bring your own tools if you want to. Please do bring a packed lunch - Tea and coffee is also provided at any time during the workshop. :)

Please arrive by 8:55 am for a 9.00 am start... and we'll have the kettle on!

For more information on courses please visit my website via the link button above.

Want to review this course?

I had a fabulous day spent at Jamal's one day leading workshop. It is something I have been wanting to do for ages and was not disappointed. I was an absolute beginner but he was very patient and he explained clearly each step as we went along. Help was always on hand when needed, and I was thrilled with my creation! Am certainly now inspired to carry on doing this at home. I can thoroughly recommend Jamal's workshops.

- - #18123

I attended the one day leading course with absolutely no previous experience. Jamal explained all the processes with authority, incredible knowledge and patience. I found the whole day absolutely compelling and finished with a completed work as a keepsake. The day with Jamal has definitely fired my enthusiasm to continue with this work. Highly recommended to any one with an interest whatever your experience. Many thanks

- - #17993

Jamal explained everything in great detail, and was extremely patient. Myself and my friends all enjoyed the experiance and felt as though we learned a great deal. The 6 hours absolutely flew by! I highly recommend this course and Jamal in particular. I will definitely be considering more of his stained glass workshops :)

- - #17582

I booked the day as a treat for my friend and I to celebrate my birthday. We found Jamal to be an absolute artist and craftsman - thorough and professional and VERY patient! We started off with little idea of what we were going to do and ended up (having tweaked the design, chosen the colours, cut the glass, cut the lead, pieced it together, soldered, cemented and cleaned) with a lovely panel that will always remind me of this big birthday. Jamal has a studio in his garden and it is very well set up and organised. We felt that we had a good amount of his time as there were just 2 of us so he was always on hand when we got stuck! We were fortunate enough to see a stained glass window that he has just designed and completed for a church in Plymouth - having had a go at the process I now have much more appreciation of the work that goes into them and am even more impressed! I would highly recommend this for a memorable and rewarding experience. Thanks Jamal

- - #17135

We were a family of 4 with no prior experience in stained glass leading but we were looking forward to a different experience. It was an excellent day and we were extremely glad of having done this together. Jamal was extremely patient and encouraging and gave all of us some tips and tricks to make our panels look good. Jamal is an extremely talented artist himself and it was also fantastic to talk to him about his work.

- - #16701

Just want to take the opportunity to thank Jamal for a truly wonderful sister and I attended the one day leading course. To be honest, not really sure what to expect... possibly a ready to assemble stained glass kit? We could not have been more wrong 😀 cutting glass, cutting lead whilst receiving guidance from an informative and patient teacher. The icing on the cake.. I have my own piece of artwork in my kitchen that reminds me of a wonderful day. I would wholeheartedly recommend a workshop, trust me I'm not an 'arty type' and it did not matter as I thoroughly enjoyed the experience...Jamal explains the processes, provides assistance in a very genuine way. Many thanks 😁

- - #16628

Where to begin, what a fantastic day, I made a stained glass panel from scratch! Jamal is a very patient extremely talented man. His work is second to none.,and you are left in awe of this very humble guy. I learnt to cut glass and lead correctly and keep my fingers, not easy when you are a left pawed person lol.

If you get a chance book a course its worth every penny and more. The William Morris cups are a wonderful touch :)

- - #16617

Having booked this for my wife's birthday, I arrived at Jamal's workshop with little artistic flair of my own but came away having had an amazing day holding my very own stained glass panel. Even though I found the early stages of glass cutting frustrating, Jamal patiently talked me through the process with an endless supply of positive reinforcement, hints and tips. Even though he holds a wealth of experience and knowledge, at no point did I feel intimidated or inadequate. His enthusiasm for the creative arts is apparent and I am hoping to join him again for another workshop in the future! I can highly recommend this workshop for true beginners and experts alike as I am certain Jamal would adapt his approach to any customer who is willing to share the day with him.

- - #12336

Response from Stained Glassic:

Thanks Matt, You are most welcome to come again!

Jamal's workshop was excellent. He was a great teacher and helped us throughout the process, showing infinite patience and amazing skills. We left with two beautiful pieces of stained glass which we are so proud of. I would wholeheartedly recommend the course. We both had a great day with Jamal. A big thank you to him for making the day a real treat.

- - #12094

With no glass experience and little drawing skills, I embarked on the full Monty 4 day course. Jamal was friendly, supportive and helpful and guided me through the whole process of selecting from a handful of designs , planning and cutting , painting, shading, leading and finally cementing and polishing. Have left with some lovely pieces that I may have to keep for a while (were going to be gifts) and a head full of ideas for future projects.

- - #11822

I did a 1 day leading course with Jamal and what a brilliant day it was! Jamal is creative, knowledgeable highly skilled and patient. I went with an idea and a photo and came away with a piece of art! There was a large selection of different glass to choose from, both in terms of colour and texture. The studio is covered in interesting art and glasswork, made by Jamal. This was a great experience and I cannot think of a single negative thing to write. All that's left is to say Thank You!

- - #11573

The one day leading workshop yesterday was highly enjoyable and satisfying. I had never worked with stained glass before but Jamal instilled confidence from the start and was an inspiring teacher. I came away with a completed piece which was way beyond my expectations and is already on display in our home. A truly memorable day and an experience which I would recommend most highly to anyone., even as a beginner.

- - #10858

I thoughly enjoyed my day yesterday at Jamal stained glass class. Jamal is an excellant teacher, made me feel completely at ease. This was something that I had wanted to try for a long time, and I'm so glad that I did.
I would recommend anybody , any age to join in a class with Jamal

- - #10857

Thank you, Jamal, for a very helpful, informative and professional day completely tailored to my needs and interests. I was able to practise and understand a great deal about painting figures on stained glass, the tools and equipment needed and felt I was able to make major steps in a very short time. Thank you for your patience and dedication as a teacher and your great skill as a craftsman; I hope to return for help with the next stage as soon as I can.

- - #10849

Fantastic day with Jamal, a great teacher. Cant recommend the leading course enough, oh and he makes amazing tea!!

- - #10631

We had a wonderful time with Jamal making our own stained glass window. We would both highly recommend his course. Thank you again.

- - #10360

Fantastic day. Made a stained glass yacht picture. Excellent teacher, friendly and helpful. I can strongly recommend this course.5

- - #10147

Excellent 60th birthday present. Wonderful day, learnt a lot in a day. Jamal is very patient and has great deal of historical and practical knowledge which he was happy to share. He is clearly enthusiastic about his art and has kindled the need for me to find out more. I will try hard to get on the four day course.

- - #10026

Have just spent four days with Jamal - what an amazing and creative experience. He is the most passionate artist with a depth of knowledge that is rarely found. He freely shares his skills with each student and is committed to the creative goals and decisions of his tutees. Jamal is a highly skilled and dedicated artist that anyone interested in art should spend time with. Many thanks for helping me produce a superb piece that will be cherished for a lifetime.

- - #9986

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