Introduction to traditional stained glass (1 day) in Sheffield, South Yorkshire



Tutor: Martin McAssey or Kate Billington.

Martin and Kate are professionally qualified teachers with many years’ experience of teaching stained glass classes.

This is a one day traditional stained glass workshop based in Martin's studio at the learning centre at Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet in Sheffield. This workshop is for beginners as well as the more advanced student, the workshop is run with a maximum of ten students ensuring that each student receives individual attention. Each student has use of a workbench with all the tools and equipment they will need while taking part in the workshop. All patterns and materials such as glass and solder are supplied by Martin at no extra cost.

What will I make on the workshop?

You will have the opportunity to make a traditional stained glass window hanging. You will have the choice of a number of different patterns to choose from (see examples above), each window hanging measures 17cm x 17cm or 20cm x 12cm approximately.

What will I learn on the workshop?

You will learn all the basic skills needed to make a traditional lead stained glass window hanging such as:

• Scoring and breaking glass to fit a pattern.
• Selecting suitable glass.
• Glass grinding.
• Lead cutting.
• Soldering.
• Attaching support rings.
• Finishing.

Please note:

• It is recommended that you bring reading glasses for close work.
• It is recommended that you wear sensible shoes (no open toed shoes) when attending the workshop.
• It is also recommended that you wear old clothes.
• This course involves working with lead, for safety reasons it is recommends that pregnant women do not attend.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

All materials such as glass, lead and solder are provided by Martin at no extra cost.

Lunch is not available in Martin's studio, it is recommended that you bring your own lunch. Please note that the learning centre cafe is closed on Friday, teas and coffees are available through the day and a selection of cakes will be served at lunchtime.


Martin McAssey at Martin McAssey Glass

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The Learning Centre, Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet
Abbeydale Road South
South Yorkshire
S7 2QW

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Hen dos
  • Parking provided
  • Public transport
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Wheelchair users


7 hours (10:00am to 5:00pm)

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Mark and Pippa - - #38189

We had a great day. Kate was patient, encouraging and very able to keep us on track, finish at 5 and come home with a lovely bit of stained glass. Leant new skills.
Thank you

Alexa - - #37861

I loved this, had a fantastic day. Kate was encouraging and kept us moving on to make sure we'd all finish and take our pieces home. I've wanted to work with glass for a long time, and I'll be trying to find time for the term long workshops. Really really enjoyed it.

Keith & Sharon Tapson - - #37764

What’s lovely gift this was, bought for my birthday. My wife and I attended.
We created a stained glass panel, on our one day course.
Kate our instructor, was relaxed, fun and very informative. Everything we needed was supplied with clear, concise instruction.
Directions to the location were good, with loads of free parking.
I would definitely recommend this course… It’s 5 stars from us!

Gill - - #35162

I really enjoyed the workshop. I would highly recommend, Kate and the course, if like me you have always fancied trying this. We were provided with all the tools and plenty of materials to complete a piece of art and Kate's knowledge, teaching and patience was excellent. My thanks to my fellow students and Kate in staying until we all had all completed our work. I'm so pleased and proud of the panel I (with Kate's help) created. I so wish I was able to attend the weekly sessions.

Marie - - #35074

Absolutely fabulous day, tutor Kate was fantastic and explained everything really clearly. So much to cover in the session and the time just flew by. Everyone went home with such amazing pieces. Wish you were nearer and I could attend the weekly sessions. Sorry this years one day workshops are all booked up but hope to see you again next year.

Sarah Mitchell - - #35071

I throughly enjoyed this one day course. Kate was an excellent tutor, generous with her time and knowledge. Everything was clearly set out and accessible and the whole day was a huge success. Thank you.

Carole - - #33901

Great course Kate! Thanks for your patience and guidance. I highly recommend this course. Full on and rewarding.

Jayne Brookman - - #33891

what a lovely day. Kate was an excellent tutor, the workshop was airy and well organised. I really enjoyed making the panel- everything was explained well and Kate was really good at checking if you were OK but also letting you get on and do it yourself which gave a great sense of achievement. I will definitely be going back again for another workshop!

Erica Pratt - - #33135

Really great course, so much fun to do and perfect for complete beginners like myself.
Kate was really lovely, explained everything very well and was always there to help if you had any questions.
I drove down from North Yorkshire and it was nice and easy to get to and well worth the trip. I'll definitely be coming again!

Helle McCollin - - #31465

Great day for beginners, knowledgeable and supportive tutor. COVID-19 secure environment. Kate was patient but kept everyone motivated and moving forward, giving extra support to those that needed it. I have been working with fused glass for 5 years but learnt something new about cutting. Really enjoyable and I will be back!!

Kevin Anderson - - #31462

My daughter and I had a fantastic day thank you, the course was fun and informative with Kate our instructor taking everyone through each stage in a manner that made the day one that we will always remember.
Many thanks

Amy Foster - - #31461

What a fabulous day.
Yesterday I did the traditional stained glass course with Kate.
Kate was a excellent teacher, very thorough in all aspects. Nothing was too much trouble. Kate was very patient and happy to help out. Great at demonstrating all the different skills.
This is a really lovely day course that I would highly recommend. I can’t wait to do another.
The workshop was very Covid safe and clean, screens around each workstation.
Thank you

Marie Wallace - - #31458

Kate was a great teacher, patient with nothing too much trouble and gave really good demonstrations of what we needed to know/do. The studio was well set out and very covid secure with screens around each bench and all tools etc cleaned. This is an excellent course and we all thoroughly enjoyed it and the process of making our pieces. I highly recommend.

Jackie - - #30746

Kate provided a super safe environment during this Covid time while sharing and teaching us her stained glass passion skills.
Class was well paced, organised, fun and skilfully instructed. Lovely glass to choose from, interesting patterns and amazing craft developed in such a short space of time. We all went home proudly with our glass art.
Well done Kate for guiding us so proficiently.

Hannah Richardson - - #30740

I absolutely loved my day learning all the processes required to make traditional stained glass. I felt it was very good value for money as it is a full day and you learn what you need to if it's something you want to start doing yourself at home. I left with new found knowledge, a real appreciation of this skillful craft and a beautiful piece of stained glass which not only gives me so much pleasure to look at everyday but also to know that I created it means so much more. Kate's method of teaching worked very well. She is patient, calm, passionate of her craft and very encouraging. I highly recommend!

Frank Heyes - - #29689

Kate Billington led the course of around a dozen people, most of whom were absolute beginners, like myself and my wife. She was very calm and thorough and seemed to generate plenty of time for individual help whenever it was needed.

By the end of the day she had taken us from how to score a straight line on a clear piece of flat glass to producing a very pleasing piece of stained glass artwork. How she managed it in the time I do not know, but I enjoyed the whole day and was amazed at the skills I seemed to pick up with her help.

Many thanks

Wayne Carroll - - #29423

Christine and I thoroughly enjoyed the one day traditional stained glass workshop we both attended on Saturday. Kate is an excellent tutor. She explained each process in detail and spent lots of time with each student when needed. Imagine our surprise to walk away with 2 finished stained glass pieces at the end of the day. We will most definitely come back to experience more and we would not hesitate to recommend this to anyone. Thank you again Kate for a great day.

Paul Smith - - #29365

Really enjoyed my day. Found Kate an excellent teacher. It was lovely to learn a new skill working with glass

Kate Kempster - - #27771

A very intense and satisfying day. Lots of new skills to learn and a lot to fit into the day, but Kate kept a very calm atmosphere and was always there when anyone needed help! Everyone got on well and supported each other, and we were all very proud at the end of the day with our finished items. It was very interesting and we all learnt a lot, and had a lot of fun at the same time. Thanks Kate for your expertise, humour and patience !

Leah - - #27678

This was an excellent day covering many skills. Kate was a superb teacher. She explained everything so well and was very encouraging and patient. I needed a lot of help being a rather non crafty, non practical individual. The final piece was stunning however with help! I did enjoy the day but found it quite intense.
The soldering right at the end finished me off - wish I had had time to practice this skill. Thankfully Kate stepped in doing the job otherwise I might still be at the studio! I do fancy the mosaic workshop however with no soldering in sight. Thank you for the experience.

claire lowe - - #27665

Very good quality of teaching and materials. For the length of the day I would have preferred a slightly earlier start 9am/9.30am.

Chris Jones - - #27649

Had great day. Kate was really helpfull. Definitely be back for more.

Laura Mella - - #25794

I attended the one day traditional stained glass workshop with Kate, and it was fantastic! Kate explained all the techniques really clearly and was patient and helpful with all the students. I really enjoyed the day and am very pleased with the panel I made. I hope to be back again soon!

Melita Turner - - #25757

Thoroughly enjoyed the day. The instructions were very clear and we had good fun. Pleased with my finished product. Thanks.

Amy Willoughby - - #24662

My boyfriend and I had a great day, I would recommend this course to anyone. Martin is a great teacher, very patient and runs a really good session. We are chuffed to bits with our stained glass light catchers and would probably do this again.

Leanne - - #24617

This is such a fantastic course. Martin is a great tutor, everything was explained and demonstrated really well in a small group and a lovely relaxed environment. I will definitely be returning to have a go at another course. Thank you.

Tonya - - #24615

I highly recommend this workshop as I came away with a piece of finished stained glass, having learnt lots of new skills. It is an intensive day, in a relaxed supportive atmosphere with demonstrations and then lots of one to one tuition as needed. There was no pressure to rush and we were encouraged all the way.
It was a small group and the room is a pleasant environment to work in with all the equipment and materials on hand.
Thanks very much.

Liz Hill - - #23064

I had always wanted to have a go at making a stained glass panel and I'm pleased to say I wasn't disappointed. Kate, our tutor, was totally lovely, patient and very supportive of all members of the group. All materials were set out in our own workspaces beforehand and she clearly explained each stage of the process so we all knew the appropriate tools and techniques to use. Everyone was encouraged to work at their own pace and we all ended up with beautiful pieces to take home. A lovely atmosphere and a fabulous experience. Thanks!!

Lesley Tollyfield - - #23059

This one day traditional stained glass course is excellent. I have tried fused glass, but have always wanted to try stained glass and this was thoroughly enjoyable. The workshop is big enough to accommodate 12 people comfortably - although 8 was our number - and all materials and tools are provided. It is full on concentration and help is always at hand if you struggle with any of the stages.
Today we had Kate as our tutor as Martin was with family on a much needed day off and she was very good at explaining what to do and why. I will consider doing either more workshops or a longer course or even trying the other courses available. I'm very pleased with how my piece turned out, just need to decide where to hang it. I would highly recommend these courses. Thank you.


Judith - - #23057

Great instruction, I love what I've made! I had an amazing day and I would thoroughly recommend this workshop.

Janet Hubbard - - #22860

I had a thoroughly enjoyable day on the traditional stained glass course and would highly recommend it. Martin gave clear instruction and encouragement which allowed everyone to practise each stage and produce a lovely piece of stained glass to take home. The course was well paced but didn't seem rushed.
Many thanks.

Chris Griffiths - - #22769

Brilliant day! Well organised & Martin provided very clear instructions plus he was very encouraging. I would definitely recommend the course to others.

Reg - - #22761

Spent a great day yesterday with a superb teacher (Martin). The course managed to cater really well for a wide range of abilities and previous knowledge as well as experience of working with glass. Martin is clearly very skillful at his craft and is an excellent teacher. He paced the day well, demonstrating every step and allowing everyone time to practice before moving on. He was constantly there for support and advice whilst still allowing us to learn at our own pace. We all came away with a well made piece of stained glass.
I thoroughly enjoyed the day, learnt a great deal and would without reservation recommend this course for anyone wanting an introduction to the lovely craft of Stained Glass making.

Peter & Sarah - - #20979

We had a great day learning some new skills. Kate was very patient with us and an excellent teacher. There was an excellent choice of glass for the design, and were really pleased with the panels we made to take home.
Would highly recommend.

Andrew Chard - - #20821

Thoroughly enjoyed this workshop. Kate who was leading the workshop was really helpful and patient. Obviously knows her craft very well and made the day a very enjoyable experience which would definately try again. Whilst a long day it flies by but slept well that night

Mike & Avril Sanderson - - #20808

Really enjoyed the day and great to go home with a finished piece of work.

Kate is a good, friendly and encouraging teacher.

We'd not hesitate to recommend the course and may well be back for more.

Karen Wallace - - #20807

Another fantastic workshop - this time stained glass with Kate.
Kate was an excellent teacher and explained everything clearly and made sure we were all understanding what stage we were on in creating our piece of stained glass...... from cutting and grinding the glass, cutting the lead and soldering (which was an experience! (: ) - all done in a friendly, relaxed environment with a wonderful group. Although it was a full-on-day you never felt rushed but I did sleep well (:
Thank you once again Kate for a great day. I will definitely be looking to book my next workshop or course.

Maxine Donnelly - - #20805

Had an amazing time and we'll worth the travel. I found it a creative and inspiring course and can't wait to do another one.

Mandy Dootson - - #19512

I had a great time on the course, I felt a bit out of my depth at times but Kate was brilliant - really patient and helpful, and I'm still amazed that I managed to finish a picture over the course of the day (the time went very quickly)! There was a lot to take in but it was really interesting and enjoyable.

Frederick Hitchen - - #19327

The course was quite outside my zone of experience, it was tough day concentration needed through the day and was exactly what I was looking for. The other attendees were good mixers and produced various pieces of work. I think the course could have worked better over 2 days for my standard of work, but other did finish well within time.Kate Billington ran the course kept us on our toes would like to go back on another, well done everyone.

Helen Jackman - - #18262

Kate is a fantastic teacher . Everything was clearly explained and she gave us plenty of encouragement and help if required. Really pleased with what we achieved in such a short time. Would love to do a longer course but I live too far away :(

Andrew Bradbury - - #17791

A really good day out, I had fancied a go at lead work for a long time and this came as a birthday present. There was a nice mix of people who all got on well and Kate was very patient with us and showed us clearly what to do.
It was a full day and worth every penny (even though I didn't pay for it!) and I would thoroughly recommend it. I can see it could become quite addictive and a good stress reliever as you do have to concentrate as cutting glass with sharp instruments.

Traditional Stained Glass - - #17755

My husband and I thoroughly enjoyed the day. Kate was great. She demonstrated everything superbly and was on hand to assist as and when required. Lovely to be able to come away with a coupe of stained glass samples illustrating what we had learnt. Highly recommended and will be checking the other courses out.

maxi brown - - #17726

I had an amazing day, learnt so much, and thoroughly enjoyed myself, thankyou :)

steve loxam - - #17712

brilliant day

Kate was excellent learnt so much in such a short time. She clear and her instructions were easy to follow.

Would absolutely recommend it to others, indeed i already have.

Thanks so much (really proud of my stain. glass


Dawn Lewis - - #15239

A brilliant day and course. Martin is a wonderful teacher , explains everything really well and is on hand to offer advice and help when you need it. I love my traditional stained glass piece that I completed during the day.
Highly recommend this course

Sinead Fox - - #15236

Brilliant! We learnt lots of new things, Martin demonstrated everything really well and was very patient. We all came away with a beautiful piece of stained glass. A great day. Thank you

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