About the Course
Course dates are flexible.
You can book 1, 2, 3 or 4 days courses.
If you have a CraftCourses gift voucher, please do not forget to provide voucher code and person's name.
This course is suitable for those who want to learn the art of stained glass in a friendly manner. Learn how to lead panels or paint stained glass 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!
(You can also book 1, 2, 3 or 4 days courses. Please visit my website via the link above)
A one day crash course covers, introduction, design for stained glass, introduction to medium, materials, cartooning, glass cutting, glass painting or glass leading.
If you are interested to go further in a particular aspect of the craft for example, glass painting or drawing, then I adapt a tailor-made coaching approach 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.
Running workshops in small numbers allows more personalised learning approach and environment.
I am a professional stained glass artist. I have been making quality stained glass from my studio in Birmingham, UK. I've been into art for the last 24 years and in stained glass for the last 15 years. I have worked for several years at John Hardman Studios (est. 1838) as stained glass designer. Now, I produce hand painted stained glass from my own 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. Your voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
The course content depends on your requirements. A very basic introduction to professional stained glass techniques can all be covered within the workshop. The beginners will learn the essential stained glass skills: from design, drawing, glass cutting, painting and so on.
All equipment and a generous abundance of materials provided to use during the course.
Please do bring along with you any (practical) ideas/sketches that you would like to use and if possible any glass/sample that may have some special meanings to you.
I will provide you a glass piece of about approx 7-8 inch squares, circles or rectangles or fragments. This is for a one day workshop and to learn glass painting skills, to paint. In painting workshops, glass is fired at the end of the session for a later collection. Please be aware the process of kiln firing takes some hours, so the finished piece can either be collected on a later day or I can also arrange a delivery at cost. But you are most welcome to take it with you, unfired on the same day. I have plenty of designs, patterns and loads of colourful glass pieces and required glass tools! I also provide gloves and aprons. But you can always bring your own preferred or required materials to get the most of it.
Please do bring a packed lunch - I'll also provide tea, coffee and I can offer some cake or fruits according to the weather and availability! :)
Please arrive by 8:55 am for a 9.00 am start... and I'll have the kettle on!
My friend and I did a two person course for two days focused just on painting. Jamal is an excellent teacher and tailored the sessions to us, finding out what we were comfortable doing already and offering us just the information we needed in the limited time we had.
We left the sessions understanding how to mix paint, which medium and pigments to choose, what equipment we needed, how to apply a matte as well as do delicate line paintings with tracing black paint. All the knowledge we hoped we would come away with to practice at home! Jamal is very welcoming and offered us images to work from as well as giving us tips to make the best of our own.
Sarah - - #19212
My father Tom Browne was a stained glass artist and extremely familiar with leaded lights - designing them and making them. As a Christmas present our daughter booked the two of us in for a one day session with Jamal. An inspired choice because the day was simply superb, and we both enjoyed every minute of it. Jamal is highly skilled but guided us both well, taking into account our 'newness' to the task. It was a day to remember!
Sam Browne - - #19164
I did the one day leading course. Jamal went through everything with endless patience and a positive manner. He explained every step carefully but was on hand for those occasional blunders. It was a fabulous day and I would do it all again tomorrow! Thank you Jamal for a great experience.
Janine - - #18519
I thoroughly enjoyed my day with Jamal, the pace was just right to start with no knowledge and finish the day with a completed stained glass panel which is sitting proudly on the window cill at home.
Alan - - #18391
This was a wonderful course, provided by Jamal, who was at every step, positive, encouraging and passionate about the medium and your capabilities. His experience is exceptional and his work and studio inspirational. Completing the 4 day course with Jamal and Christine was an absolute pleasure. I feel as though I have learned so much from the course and confident to try and make other pieces in the future.
I would definitely recommend this course and enjoyed the soothing and relaxed atmosphere that was created. Thank you Jamal and Christine for a fantastic few days.
Emma Basudev - - #18224
I did the four day course and I can’t recommend it enough. I wasn’t just taught how to do something but everyway to do it and then helped to find the best way to do it. Jamal’s experience, ability and depth of knowledge are immense - I have reams of notes that I took at the end of each day so that I didn’t forget all the tips and techniques - I feel I have learnt so much. Also the environment Jamal creates is so calm and relaxing that it teaches you to slow down, which I think is essential for stained glass. Myself and the lovely girl I shared the corse with, Emma, left each day feeling like we’d been at a spa.
Christine Redmond - - #18217
Booked a one day leading workshop and didn't leave disappointed. Great day and much fun had by all. Jamal is patient and very informative, taking you through all the processes of stained glass required for you to leave with a final product you'll be happy to hang in your home. Tea and coffee on tap too which is an added bonus. Great value for money.
Andy Hoccom - - #17647
My son bought me the 1 day painting class as a present, I enjoyed the day so much I booked the 4 day course straight away. I am totally hooked and hope to continue to produce my own work and all thanks to Jamal he is a fantastic teacher. Jamal is patient, encouraging and extremely knowledgeable he has given me the confidence to use the skills he has taught me to make pieces by myself. I cannot recommend this course highly enough.
Sharron Hughes - - #16879
I attended a 4 day course in order to learn about the painting and leading process of this ancient art. Upon my arrival I was greeted with a stunning mosaic doorstep, this delighted me straight away and then Jamal's smiling face appeared from the back garden and lead me up the garden path to his bijou studio. From the outset I knew I would enjoy the whole creative experience and I wasn't disappointed. Not only is Jamal an extremely knowledgable artist but a genuine master craftsman. During coffee breaks he kindly showed me the large panels he was currently undertaking for a church down south and these pieces were breathtaking. Back in the studio, in between his expert tuition, he also worked on some small elements of the windows and these were exquisite little 'jewels' and I felt very privileged to see him at work whilst simultaeneously receiving support to produce my own little glass 'treasure'
I am very happy to recommend this course to students of all levels of experience as Jamal adapts to individual needs. A thoroughly enjoyable 4 days, thank you.
poppy - - #16441
I took a 4 day course with Jamal to explore the stained glass and enamelling processes. Although I had some ideas for the type of piece I wanted to create, I had very little previous experience. Jamal was not only an expert in his field, he was patient and offered encouragement and support to help me carry out my ideas. Jamal is highly experienced and shared samples of his own work to give inspiration and insights into the medium. I would highly recommend a course with Jamal if you want to have an expert craftsman help you learn the stained glass process.
Ellie - - #16016
Had a fabulous time leaning all the different techniques on my one day glass leading course. It was great to be able to go from choosing the design and then see it through to taking the finished product away. Jamal- thanks for being such a patient and helpful teacher! Would highly recommend to any fellow beginners, it was a day well-spent!
Sophie - - #16015
I recently did a four day course with Jamal, what a great course , jamals fluid and sensitve way of teaching was great, when searching for a stained glass painting course I felt I needed to have a solid grounding with a true professional and was pleased to find I'd struck gold. I would not hesitate to give Jamal a five star rating ...
RICHARD CHUCK - - #15942
I attended the leading course with Jamal and thoroughly enjoyed the day. Jamal has an excellent teaching manner, having endless patience and a good sense of humour. As a teacher myself, it was clear to me that he has carefully thought through the content of the session, beginning with a brief introductory talk on the history of the craft and then steadily progressing through each stage of the process. He clearly has tremendous talent in terms of both dexterity and aesthetic appreciation, and has a deep passion for his art. Thank you Jamal.
John Cadman - - #15122
I attended the one day session and can simply describe it in one word "exceptional". What a wonderful day under the guidance of Jamal who is a totally amazing artist. I appreciated the pace in which the day teaching was set and it was very apparent that Jamal posses the ability to support all levels. I can highly recommend Jamal and the course you will not be disappointed. Many thanks Jamal
Parmjit Singh - - #15119
Absolutely amazing day! Jamal was patient and very helpful. Made an amazing window piece myself that I’m proud to call my own and display and show off to anyone that wants to look and also people that don’t. HIGHLY recommend great value and great experience with a master craftsman.
Stephen Hall - - #15100
Had a great day with Jamal an one other student. He was very good at explaining all the process’s involved an has given me the confidence to have a go at replacing a stained leaded window in my front door.
Would definitely recommend this course to anyone interested in learning about stained glass an leaded windows
Paul Colbourn - - #14823
One day Leaded Glass Course, in a very relaxed atmosphere and Jamal is a very knowledgeable and patient tutor.
As a complete beginner,I would recommend the course to anyone interested in any aspects of Stained Glass.
Steven Miles - - #14809
It's been 2 weeks since completing a stained glass leading workshop with Jamal, and the end result is still making me smile! The day was great, well organised and Jamal was a patient teacher who was happy to pass on his experience as a stained glass artist.
I'd thoroughly recommend attending Jamal's workshops - they are well worth it.
Phil - - #13789
What a fabulous day we had!
Jamal was a very patient tutor with huge reserves of knowledge.
I would recommend this course to anyone :-)
Lindsay - - #13783
Thank you for an interesting, informative and truly educational day, You were extremely patient and took time to explain each stage enabling me make my little bit of stained glass that I am so proud of. In addition your vast experience in the world of stained glass and the many fascinating and important projects you have been involved with was incredibly interesting.
I would recommend anyone who has an interest in art or glass to attend one of Jamal's courses, you won't come away disappointed.
jan - - #13774
We did a one day lead workshop for two and it was a lovely experience. Jamal has been great! We made a couple of decorative stained glass pieces which look really good and hung them at the kitchen window - they make me smile every time I pass by :)
Lia Kolligri - - #13764
A highly recommended workshop for those interested in learning about the process of stained glass making. Jamal provided a brilliant one-day workshop for two of us, during which he clearly explained and demonstrated the steps for producing a piece of stained glass art. Furthermore, it was very enjoyable for us to try new practical skills like glass cutting and soldering. We were very pleased with our final pieces. Thank you!
Suzanna - - #13177
Had a great day with Jamal. He was informative, interesting and shared all his experience in stained glass making.
T Tyack - - #13176
I loved the whole day. Jamal is such a good teacher taking us through each step of the stained glass process so clearly. I feel very confident now to have a go by myself! Thank you!
Laura Beaven - - #12969
I had an excellent day learning to make my first stained glass piece of art. He was extremely knowledgeable and informative of the history of stained glass making, He was generous with his support and materials. I thoroughly enjoyed my day.
K Phillips - - #12922
Had an awsome three days with Jamal. Having read some of his previous reviews it's difficult to say more, but I have to emphasise how well he conveys technique and approach. What a pleasure it was to be tutored by him. I came away feeling I had learned something valuable, I felt satisfied instead of frustrated at not achieving what I wanted to and desparate to get on and put it into practice. Thankyou for sharing your creativity and expertise.
Frances Ford - - #12872
Did a one day leading workshop for two with my dad and can’t praise it enough! Both had a wonderful day and are very pleased with our pieces. Jamal was very welcoming, patient and supportive. The amount that we had learned from him in just one day was amazing and happily recommend him for anyone else thinking of exploring stained glass. Thank you Jamal!
Alexandra Buck - - #12278
A fascinating and very enjoyable day! Jamal was very enthusiastic about his craft and created a very welcoming atmosphere. This was bought as a gift for me and my partner, but Jamal made it very easy to add an extra person onto the course. Now we all have a beautiful panel of stained glass to take home and a deeper understanding of the craft.
Helen - - #11987
The one day workshop with Jamal was everything I wanted it to be. Fabulous day learning technique and putting it into practice. Jamal, excellent teacher, experience and patience makes for a very enjoyable and rewarding time. Highly recommended.
Ashley Willoughby - - #11982
One day leading workshop - what a brilliant day! Jamal was very knowledgeable and was very patient, explaining all of the techniques so we understood what to do. We were thrilled with our pieces - thank you so much!
Wendy Willoughby - - #11981
Just had a lovely day learning how to lead stained glass. So proud of my finished piece. Jamal is such kind and patient teacher and I learned so much. Would thoroughly recommend this
Eileen Plenderleith - - #11963
Just completed the one day workshop and loved it! Jamal is not only a patient and considerate teacher, but also an awe-inspiring artist. As others have said, this is the perfect way to spend a day absorbed in an unusual craft, under the expert guidance of a true craftsman.
Gillian - - #11924
Super day that the miserable weather could not dampen.
Jamal was a great teacher and tea maker & I am more than pleased with my first foray into stained glass leading. I would recommend to anyone; you don't have to be arty. I'm proof of that.
Jane Willinson - - #10052
Brilliant day, 60th birthday present bit worried as not very crafty but had a wonderful time. Made a glass panel that has amazed my children, all thanks to Jamal's patient instructions and some help when needed. Excellent will try to get find time for full four days.
Sharon Woodland - - #10027
Have just spent four days with Jamal. Thoroughly recommend the four day complete course. What a treat! He is a highly skilled and passionate artist that is totally committed to the artistic experience of his tutees!! I have produced an amazing piece of art that will be cherished for a life time. Many thanks for an outstanding experience - will be back for more!!
Catherine D - - #9987
Had a lovely day in the workshop with Jamal. He was very patient and inspiring with my design ideas and what I wanted to get out of the day. It was challenging but rewarding and I left with a beautiful stained glass in memory of my dad. Would recommend the courses to anyone with a creative flare.
Sandra Lane - - #9630
One day leading workshop for two. Excellent experience, in very capable hands with Jamal. We felt very welcome and all in all enjoyed an excellent day at Jamal's workshop.
Liam Taylor - - #8836
Jamal's course is excellent, both of us thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience of learning and making stained glass panels. Jamal combined a very inviting environment and friendly approach, which carefully led us through the various techniques needed to make a stained glass panel. We were given all the necessary instruction both theoretically and practically to produce a final piece and both felt extremely satisfied with our experience.
This course is great for newcomers and beginners and as we had no previous experience we were very proud of our achievements on the day. Jamal is an excellent teacher and talented artist and would highly recommend his course to anyone serious about wanting to learn about stained glass.
Ian Saffery & Debs Hill - - #8755
My Dad and I did a 3-day painting and leading course last week. We had different painting and leading experiences, so Jamal adapted his teaching to suit both our needs. Over the 3 days, he took us through composition, selecting glass, painting, shading and finally leading. I am very proud of the panel I came away with and amazed that I could finish it in only 3 days. It now hangs from my window catch and looks beautiful. Jamal's knowledge of historic stained glass, especially in Birmingham, added to the overall experience. It was great to do something different and get out of a work mindset for 3 days; to lose myself in concentrating only on my creation was a perfect de-stresser.
Louise - - #8730
Dear Jamal, Thank you for a great day on the Art of Stained glass leading. You took me through the whole process in a clear stepwise manner which I am sure I will be able to continue on my own. The studio was relaxing full of lovely music and birdsong-just my idea of a comfortable atmosphere to learn in. We covered not only techniques of stained glass but also history on the subject and other types of art. Your excellent teaching has inspired me and I intend to go back again to learn stained glass painting. Thanks again.
Fiona Dean - - #8535
Had a great day with my sister at one of Jamal's workshops. Jamal was very welcoming and has such an obvious passion for stained glass, he is quite inspirational.
Jamal gave us an insight into all aspects of his craft during our production of a small panel, he is very patient and there ready to help (and I needed his input!) but keen to encourage you try to do it yourself.
As one of the older generation I would certainly recommend the experience to anyone old or young. Thank you Jamal.
Mal - - #8522
My wife and I did a 1 day leading course with Jamal. What a fantastic day we had. We really enjoyed the course and hearing Jamal's vast knowledge about glass and art. He is a talented guy. He made us very welcome in his Aladdins cave of a workshop. We love our finished pieces and amazed we did it all in a day. Would reccomend to anyone.
John Mills - - #7816
I did a 1 day lead light course yesterday along with my daughter. The course was informative and covered every aspect of making a lead light from the pattern, cutting the glass all the way up to the finished product which we were able to take away. Jamal explained the processes in a clear and concise way and we learnt so much in the time we were there. I would recommend anyone to go on this course if they have an interest in stained glass or any kind of interest in crafts, a thoroughly enjoyable day. Thank you
Keith Preedy - - #7646
I did a 4 day, one to one, course with Jamal which was fantastic. In that time we were able to cover design, cutting, painting and leading so I have come away with a finished piece I am please with. I have also gained the knowledge and confidence to develop my skills at home. Jamal has a great knowledge of the historical context of stained glass and is very skilled practitioner along side being an excellent tutor.
This course was located in Jamal's cosy garden studio where every thing we could need was to hand. I found I could wait to get in the studio each day to learn the next step and now I'm itching to get started on my next project in my own studio.
Jamal's courses would suit people with very little creative experience along side those coming from a more in depth artistic background. I would thoroughly recommend.
Harriet Biddington - - #7503
I had a ball. I was an excellent well taught course. I had was given a good overview of stained glass, both modern and historical uses. I was able to create my own design. I was shown how to cut glass to a template then had the experience of cutting glass. This is not as easy as you might think. I was next taught how to block the design and cut the lead to frame the pieces. This course was very comprehensive in the six hours and I was able to finish and take home my creation. So happy. If you want to try a new skill for 2017, this course could be the one.
Bea Carter - - #7190
The course was fantastic. I would highly recommend it to anyone interested in arts and crafts. We learned so much in our time with Jamal it has inspired us to take it up as a hobby. 5 out of 5 rating.
Deb and Mark McLaughlin - - #6709
We had a wonderful day with Jamal and my mother. We came away with a piece of stained glass that we were proud of and would highly recommend this course.
We did the one day leading workshop in a lovely workshop and with a very pleasant and helpful tutor.
We hope to return for the glass painting course in the near future.
Hannah Sunderland - - #5908
My mother, daughter and myself had a very enjoyable, relaxing and productive day. Would highly recommend this to beginners like ourselves or experts also and we will be back to do more. Thank you.
Sarah Pringle - - #5838
I have been on both the one day workshop and a three day painting workshop and both have been thoroughly inspiring and rewarding. Jamal is an excellent teacher; patient, informative and very easy to work with. His own work is stunning and he is so willing to share his experience. I thoroughly recommend his workshops whether a complete beginner, as I was, or someone with a little experience who wants to develop their skills further.
Brenda Henderson - - #5780
Have just spent a wonderful two days with Jamal making my own stained glass panel from scratch having had no previous experience at all. I learnt about design, colour and texture. I was introduced to more tools than I can mention. I learnt to cut glass, how to score it, break it grind it and grozing. I learnt how to lay out your plan, cut and fit the lead, hold everything in place with wood and horseshoe nails, how to solder, affix hooks, cement, polish, etc. etc. etc. I'm so pleased with what I was able to produce.
Jamal was a first class teacher. He was able to step in if necessary but encouraged you to do everything for
yourself. He is a true artist, a true gentleman and extremely interesting to talk to.
I thoroughly recommend this course and Jamal.
Nicola - - #5662
I enjoyed a brilliant day with Jamal. He is a Master Craftsman, consummate artist and excellent teacher. His knowledge and expertise are immeasurable and he understands and communicates the technical - and historical - aspects of his craft very well.
Jamal took time to really understand what I was trying to achieve,and what made me tick , and structured our session in an fascinating and helpful way.
Above all it was a pleasure and a privilege to spend time with him and share his passion, and also to meet his delightful and talented family.
I am looking forward to working with Jamal again when my project is underway and I need some expert help - but mostly to keep the connection.
I recommend him very highly.
Elissa Renouf - - #5170
Excellent! My Mum and I thoroughly enjoyed our class with Jamal and came away really happy with the stained glass panels that we made. Jamal is a great teacher as has so much knowledge and enthusiasm for the topic, it was definitely infectious as we want to try making more things now! Would recommend the class to anyone as a fun day out that also gives you a greater appreciation for the skill and craftmanship involved in stained glass window making.
Rose - - #5043
I learnt so much in just a single day and enjoyed every moment of it! Jamal is very passionate about what he does, which only adds to the already friendly and relaxing setting of his studio. I'm very happy with the glass painting we did and look forward to maybe doing some different courses in the future. Thank you Jamal!
Phil - - #4923
A most enjoyable and relaxing day as a beginner learning the art of stained glass leading. I am absolutely thrilled with the glass panel I bought to you for repair and you made every stage of the restoration so enjoyable and easy to follow and understand. I highly recommend anyone who wants to try this course to book.
Hope to be back soon to try glass painting or more lead work.
Sandra - - #4828
A fantastic day again with Jamal, learnt a lot about the art of stained glass in his great little workshop. Jamal puts you at ease and explains everything, I would recommend to any one and will visit again Jamal thanks.
Ian Davies - - #4671
Thank you Jamal, a very informative and interesting day, and I was so pleased to come away with a finished stained glass panel to my own design! Really enjoyed it, thank you.
Jane H - - #4595
Thank you Jamal - I brought my friend with me and we both attempted a challenging design - considering we had never done any leading before and, Jamal had to help 2 people at once...
So I had to go back for a second day to complete mine. But I am absolutely thrilled with what I produced. Jamal showed me how the accuracy of every little bit of work matters enormously.
He provided everything one needs - and what a lot of things one needs to do this absorbing craft.
I learnt a huge amount - and if I get the chance will return to do another project - perhaps being a bit more realistic with my aims!
Judy Smith - - #4587
The course surpassed my expectations. It was so informative , enjoyable in a comfortable environment and Jamal enabled me to create a nice composition in stained glass which I look forward to displaying. I would recommend this course to anyone.
Kikis Cacoullis - - #4326
A very enjoyable day with Jamal,learned alot about the art of painting stained glass,also loved his workshop and viewing the stained glass he had made,looking forward to recieving the glass i painted,and will book another course with him,once again Jamal thank you.
Ian Davies - - #4268
Dear Jamal ,
I really enjoyed your course .your little studio is like an Alibaba's cave..a lot of knowledge, patience. .and of course all the material you need for your creations.I am looking forward to coming again .Thank you.
pascale - - #4239
Your courses are above Excellent!!! I have learned so very much from you. And I remain in awe of your gifts and skills; you are easily one of the two finest artists, regardless of medium, I've ever known (and my experience includes a couple of very powerful and well-known artists, whom I won't name, lest they be hurt by my words.
Needless to say, working directly with you has been one of the most wonderful (and memorable) experiences of my entire life. Not since working with my dear friend, the designer, the late William B. Fosser, American film Set Designer/Decorator (for Ordinary People and Home Alone), have I shared such a fabulous interchange of creativity and passion for Art!
Anyone who takes one of your courses will soon realise they have chosen to work with an Artist whose like has not been on this earth since William Morris and Edward Burne-Jones, whose art you so easily translate for modern audiences.
It was a true privilege, and I am further honoured to have become your Friend, into the bargain.
Words fail me. You have my highest conceivable recommendations, and I shall be so proud to have your work, illustrating not one, but two books. Worth every pence, and then some!!!
Loads of love,
you fellow artist,
Judy Gerard Thomson,
who came all the way from Chicago, USA, to spend a week at your side....
Judy Gerard Thomson - - #3525
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