Chris Ainslie's 'Art of Stained Glass Painting' Course - Weekend

Chris Ainslie's 'Art of Stained Glass Painting' Course - Weekend

Duration: 2 days

Price: £199

Run by: Catherine
at Creative Glass Guild

0117 958 8820

Unit 4, St. Philips Central
Albert Road
St. Philips

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About the Course

This exciting weekend is for those who would like to explore the different techniques of fired painting on glass, under the expert tuition of Chris Ainslie.

This course runs regularly throughout the year. Please see our website for specific dates.

What does the course cover?

On the first day you will practice various painting methods and techniques on trial pieces of glass so that you can explore texture, mark-making and design. These pieces will be fired overnight in our Kilncare kilns so that you can see the final result on the second day. You will then design and paint your final piece, under the direction and with the invaluable advice of Chris Ainslie.

Your pieces will be fired using the 'one firing' method on glass, whereby line work and matting (shading) are fired at the same time. This is different from the traditional approach and offers students the chance to learn how to paint on glass in one firing, which saves a considerable amount of time, electricity and potential cost from kiln hiring. It is also interesting for students to learn about different materials involved in the process. You will also get the chance to explore 'direct' spontaneous and hands-on working into the unfired paint. A real adventure into the world of texture.

Your final pieces will be fired overnight on Sunday, and if you don’t live locally we will courier out your finished work free of charge to mainland UK addresses. Surcharges apply to other areas.

Chris Ainslie:

"Prior to my formal art training, I spent two years in the studio of the late French tapestry designer, Dom Robert. This was to prove a strong influence for me with its decorative emphasis of pattern, texture and linear design.

I spent three years at Wimbledon College of Art in the early 1960s, eventually specializing in stained glass, wood engraving and lettering in which I took my diploma. My grounding in calligraphy and handmade letter forms was to stand me in good stead when I came to glass engraving later on. Three years in a stained glass studio preceded seven years teaching art in the private school sector.

I became a craft member of the Guild of Glass Engravers in 1978, and ten years later I was elected an Associate Fellow. In 1997 I was made a Fellow, and I am also a member of the Contemporary Glass Society.

Whilst having the experience of many years of lettering on glass, it is in the last few years that I have been able to concentrate on my free design work, now that I no longer carry out lettering work for Bristol Blue Glass. Most of my creative work is for commissions or exhibitions. I like to explore the humour, ambiguities and interaction of the human situation - presented in a decorative design format.”

There will be a maximum of eight students to ensure individual attention.

What do I need to bring?

Just yourself and your enthusiasm! Please wear a sturdy pair of closed-toed shoes. All your glass, materials and tools are provided.


We will provide a delicious cold lunch from Pret a Manger as well as light refreshments throughout the day. Please let us know in advance if you have any special dietary requirements. We will do our best to cater to everyone but this cannot always be guaranteed.

What are the course times?

The course starts at 10am and runs until approximately 4.30pm. There is a chance that it may overrun depending on progress.


We will try to make our courses accessible to all however if you have any disabilities or physical limitations of any kind we ask that you discuss it with us before booking.


For cancellations made 4 weeks in advance we offer a full refund or one free date change. For cancellations made 3 weeks in advance we offer a 75% refund or one free date change. For cancellations made 2 weeks in advance we can only offer a 50% refund. If we receive less than 2 weeks’ notice we are unable to offer a refund or date change on course places. If a date change has been requested we cannot offer a refund on a subsequent cancellation.

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.

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