About the Course
This one-day course is an introduction to the medieval craft of stained glass.
Over the course of the day we will look at designing a panel, selecting and cutting glass, ‘leading up’, soldering and cementing. You can choose to bring your own design or select one from the many pattern books I have here.
The day will begin with an informal chat where we will discuss our ideas and designs. We will then produce our full-size drawing from which your chosen glass will be cut. I will show you how to correctly cut glass and help you in your choices of clear, coloured and textured glasses that I keep here in the workshop. We will aim to cut the majority of our glass before lunch ready for ‘leading up’ when you return.
Lunch will be between 1pm and 2pm. Please feel free to bring your own with you or enjoy Llandeilo’s many wonderful coffee shops and eateries.
After lunch I will show you how to cut and form the lead strips (called ‘cames’); we will lead our glass together and finally, solder the joints. I will then instruct you how to cement your panel. I will offer the chance to purchase a stand for each of the panels or I will fix hooks to each panel in order that they can be hung.
The day will start at 9am and, depending on how ambitious our designs have been, finish at around 6pm.
Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided throughout the day. There is a toilet and washroom on-site.
No previous experience of working with glass, lead or soldering irons is necessary; the course is suitable for absolute beginners and those wishing to improve on basic skills.
All materials, and the use of tools and safety equipment are included in the cost. This is also free parking on-site.
To allow you the very best tuition these classes will consist of a maximum of 4 people. Groups of friends are highly encouraged to take part. Enquiries for larger groups are welcome.
Payment is required upon booking. You will then be sent all the information you need to attend
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?
All materials, and the use of tools and safety equipment are included in the price.
Free parking for the day.
Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided throughout the day.
There is a toilet and washroom on-site.
Fantastic course! Simon was very supportive, patient, kind and encouraging. It was a pleasure and privilege to be taught by someone who is clearly passionate and skilled at his profession! Thoroughly recommend this course and look forward to going back at a later date.
Ling Tan - - #23216
Absolutely fantastic day with Simon and the other students. Lovely informal setting at his studio. I was made to feel very comfortable from the start and was given loads of encouragement throughout the day, which flew by. Would recommend to everybody and I would love to attend further courses.
Rhian Brice - - #23214
Spending a day with Simon is an absolute joy. He is an excellent teacher who is able to clearly explain what you need to do and why, and with care and encouragement. So often experts in their field (as Simon clearly is) find it difficult to pass on their knowledge to complete beginners, but Simon did so without ever making me feel that any question was too silly. On top of all of this, he is really nice guy! I'm sure I will do another of his workshops in the near future.
Kate Hannon - - #23204
I really enjoyed this course. Simon is a great teacher.
Despite some of the attendees wanting do more complicated glass panels Simon was very patient and managed to spend equal amounts of time with each attendee.
I would definitely recommend this course.
Sally Newell - - #23201
An absolute pleasure being in the company of an extraordinarily talented man. His patience, clear explanations of the process, and knowledge of glass skills inspired us 3 middle aged women to produce an art work which we were all buzzing over once completed.
Thank you Simon, you have converted us and I will be returning again 👍.
Bernie Rainford - - #23190
Outstanding value for money. Simon was knowledgeable, supportive and very generous with his time, going well beyond the finish time to allow our very adventurous first projects to be finished. Simon has a good manner about him. The location is good with sufficient workshop space for the four people on the course to work easily.
Great experience, and I would go again and recommend it to anyone wanting to give lead glass work a go. Simon will be positive and encouraging even with the most reserved learner.
Raymond McGovern - - #22180
Fantastic day, knowledgeable and patient tutor
Nicola Hopkins - - #22012
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