One Day Stained Glass Classes Bradninch, Exeter, Devon - Beginners and returners ( 9yrs+suitable )
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About the Course
Stained Glass is an amazing craft, colourful, decorative and adaptable to many different forms. This course is student led, encouraging you to pursue the area of your interest. The course includes both "Tiffany" copper foiling and Leaded styles. There is also the provision on some dates for doing kiln fired glass painting, silver staining and enamelling. You can create panels, lamps or candle holders, clocks, mirrors, hanging pieces or set glass into a display stand. Bring your own ideas! You can contact to discuss by email the practicality of attempting a particular piece before the class.
To book please click on the "contact course provider" tab above. Numbers are limited.
If you are buying as a present for a loved one or friend then get in touch to discuss the details. You will be sent an e-voucher with your personalised message which can then be printed out and placed inside a card.
These leisure based courses are run in Bradninch youth hall, Bradninch outside Exeter . The space is well heated, disabled access friendly. There are tea making facilities and toilets although you will need to bring your own packed lunch. Numbers are limited to 8 at the maximum so book ahead to ensure that you are able to get on the course. Children over the age of 9-16yrs can attend with an adult and are half price (£38). Due to the care needed when handling lead (particularly for children) I have specific arrangements and procedures in place to ensure full safety at all times.
2017 Autumn and 2018 spring classes
BRADNINCH WORKSHOPS 9.30am-4.30pm
YOUTH HALL (on Westend Road, next to the Westend Garage EX5 4QP)
Sunday November 26th will be a special half day masterclass of Kiln Fired Traditional Vitreous Painting and Silver staining ONLY , exploring the different ways to apply and work the glass painting. 9.30am til 1pm £30 FULLY BOOKED
Sunday December 10th FULLY BOOKED
Sunday January 28th
Sunday February 25th
Sunday March 25th
Sunday April 29th
Ongoing dates to follow...
See past classes examples of work on our Facebook page via the link above.
Note that I will also be running classes in Frome, nr Bristol on the saturdays. Check my other listing on this craft courses site.
If booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. The voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
Course fee of £76 (£38 for children) covers a one day weekend class. Materials and tools are provided (additional charge may be made for "epic" projects, or special materials but will be discussed fully in advance) please bring your own Stanley knife if you have one and an apron, or "workshop" clothes, no fluffy jumpers (tend to catch fragments) no open toed sandles or open topped boots.
If you already have tools from doing glass classes previously please mark them in some way before bringing them. Also a tool box/plastic box/large Tupperware box is a good idea to keep any glass pieces safe between classes.
Teas and coffees provided but do bring your own packed lunch.
I’d tried making mosaics previously but my glass cutting was abysmal. It’s so much easier with the right teacher and tools! I’ve done 3 of these days now and each time Matt has been brilliant. He will help you develop a design beforehand if you contact him and I’d recommend doing that as the day feels like it goes very quickly. He brings a lovely selection of glass and you can learn a range of techniques dependant on your chosen project. Careful though, you might get hooked!
Emma Hunt - - #11329
I had a great time on this course. Matt explained things very clearly each step of the way in a friendly and encouraging way. He helped ensure that I went home with a finished piece, which fills me with pride and happy memories every time I look at it. Fantastic day which I thoroughly recommend.
Kerry Berber - - #10988
Matt is very knowledgeable and I was impressed with his comprehensive explanations of the process and variety of methods and materials used in his workshop. A very enjoyable day and although mentally taxing for a complete beginner an excellent end product. Thanks Matt.
Jan Hawker - - #10852
I attended the course as a total novice and was delighted with the results. Matt was patient and always on hand to step in with advice & assistance when needed but was encouraging in making the piece your own and letting you test yourself. The group was diverse and friendly and it was great to see other people working on different techniques. I would thoroughly recommend this course to anyone keen to have a go, never have 7 hours flown by so quickly.
Georgie Meek - - #10807
Attended the stained glass workshop with mat on Sunday and really enjoyed it , mat was very patient and helpful and I came home with a lovely piece , I would highly recommend this class and would love to attend another in the future.
Lynda - - #9217
Was a complete novice and delighted with end product. A truly therapeutic day fully focused on learning new skills and creating your own design. Glass is such a beautiful medium and Matt's teaching' patience and enthusiasm are fantastic. Good bunch of people all acheiving their own amazing designs. Fully Recommend the day whether you are a complete novice like me or more experienced wanting to hone your skills. Worth every penny.
angela moon - - #8946
Having already dipped my toe into the stained glass water, I came to the class with 2 techniques I wanted to master and left knowing so much more. 2 terms of evening classes had taught me the confidence to cut glass and copper foil it, but even the tuition about cutting on Matt's course was valuable as I learned new techniques and improved my speed and confidence. I feel ready to try came work now as well. Matt is very patient and clearly has a passion for this type of work. His enthusiasm is infectious and I only wish I lived nearer to attend again. Handouts supplied after the course were an unexpected and helpful addition. How many times have I wondered at the array of glass available to buy and never felt certain about the choices I was making?
Thank you, Matt. Your course comes highly recommended.
Julie Edge - - #8944
Wonderful course for me and my 12 year old. The time went very quickly and we learnt so much. We are both very proud of our pieces. Well done Matt for managing such a diverse group all working away on their own designs and each person requiring your attention!
Clare - - #8460
Great course and tutor. Matt gently introduces you into the world of stained glass, including the various techniques available, for you to produce a unique piece of work. He tailors the pace to the course members and before long, after making a few tentative cuts into practice pieces of glass, you are creating all sorts of shapes with confidence. He provides all the required tools and an amazing array of stained glass for you to use and be inspired by. I attended the course in Frome, and had discussed with Matt (via email) what I wished to produce prior to the course taking place. Where possible I would recommend this as while 7 hours is enough to produce your piece of work, the time goes by so quickly. I would fully recommend this course. Matt is very approachable, and as well as providing all the practical knowledge, he is very patient giving encouragement, advice and assistance.
Haydn Williams - - #8431
I came to this course with my granddaughter. Although we were both complete beginners we were encouraged to design and build our own projects. Through the day Matt introduced us to the techniques we needed while at the same time assisting other participants who were more experienced and working on some advanced work. He described this as keeping all the plates spinning. We thoroughly enjoyed our day and, most importantly, managed to complete our designs successfully. I would recommend this course to anyone who would like an introduction to stained glass work.
Tony Miles - - #8049
Always wanted to try stain glass crafting but thought it would be too difficult. I need not have worried because under Matt's tutorlage I came home with a lovely piece of stain glass art. The whole day was concentrated and I learnt so many techniques, so happy that I have enrolled for the next course at Bradninch. Thank you Matt for your patience.
Jacqui Rice - - #8044
As a young artist many decades ago, I always wanted to create a stain glass piece. We have been so blessed to have our wonderful stained-glass artist Matt Le Breton in Bradninch. My husband and I booked on one of his courses a couple of years ago. We created a sun inspired design to be installed above the portal of our house. I must admit. as painters, we were so unfamiliar with the technique, though Matt was very patient and supported us with the completion. So many friends and neighbours have commented on our beautiful stained-glass piece, and we are very proud of it! Matt is an excellent tutor and communicator. He has a powerful vision, and is an inspiring, energising tutor and artist. Matt also has a warm and friendly personality, and is very instructive and encouraging. We look forward to attending another one of his courses in the near future, and they are to be highly recommended!
Josephine Drazek - - #7697
Really lovely day, never worked with glass before but Matt showed us the skills needed to get started and helped everyone in the group to create their piece of glass art, perfect day for beginners or if you want to improve your glass making skills.
Victoria Stephens-Hodge - - #7589
Had a great day learned so much from Matt our tutor I was a complete beginner but bought home a lovely finished piece of stained glass art would thorough recommend I will be booking to to i another workshop
Natalie dignum - - #7518
I have attended several workshops with Matt now and loved all of them!
Matt is very patient, encouraging and helpful at each stage of the design process he is an excellent Teacher.
As confidence grows he leaves you to progress at your own speed but always helps when you might be struggling with technique. Mine was using the soldering iron! Sorry Matt.
Matt made two beautiful windows for my home, working with ideas with me and involving me with the choice of beautiful glass pieces including antique panels cut to enhance the design.
The limits of what you can create with Matt are only your own imagination, even if it takes a few classes to create one piece it's worth it.
Highly recommended....Have a go.
Mandie Messer - - #7268
Matt is an excellent tutor. Within the first hour, after the safety training, I was cutting glass confidently. The size of the class is small so this means Matt can attend to each person individually, providing guidance and a helping hand as needed. Lending his knowledge and expertise he has helped me realise my stain glass design. This included the choice of colours for the glass, technical aspects to achieve the desired effect, e.g., acid etching and glass staining for the written text. An important consideration for me is that the venue for the class is nearby and the time is convenient being a day at the weekend. The cost included access to all tools, materials, and safety ware. The only thing I brought to the class was my design, although Matt does say he can provide designs that can be achieved within the day. I have had two sessions so far because my stain glass design while not complex is tricky to make, there being lots of small circles. All the pieces are cut and ready. So I look forward to my next session, and with Matt's help, assemble my stain glass plaque.
Matt's class is a great way to spend a day in an out of the ordinary activity. No prior experience needed just a willingness to learn. You will be fully engaged in activity and be surprised at how the time passes. It is interesting to see the stained glass designs that other attendees are making. At the final day's end, you leave with an object and a story of an experience which you can show and tell to family and friends. Each time you catch a glimpse of your stain glass feature you can say ‘I made that.’
Andrew Mirza - - #7242
The ancient art of stained glass is something I've wanted to learn about for a long time. I've bought a book or two and watched the odd You tube video but when Matt asked if I wanted to attend one of his workshops I jumped at the chance.
I've now completed 2 workshops with Matt and thanks to his help, expertise and patience I've actually managed to complete 2 pieces of stained glass and I'm really pleased with them.
The techniques and tricks I learned from Matt would have taken me a frustratingly long time to learn from books and the internet. There is nothing like one-to-one tuition with constant guidance and advice throughout the whole process from an experienced craftsman.
Thank you so much Matt, I can't wait till the next workshop.
Owen Williams - - #7164
Thanks to Matt's excellent demonstration and instruction techniques, within an hour I knew the basics of how to create a stained glass panel and felt happy to give it a go.
I loved working with glass and appreciated being taught by someone who is artistically skilled and clearly committed to the development of their craft.
Matt creates a warm, friendly, task focused teaching space and I wholeheartedly recommend his classes.
Vicki - - #6834
Really enjoyed the various classes I have done with Matt. He is a fantastic teacher - endlessly patient and encouraging. He manages to inspire you and make you feel you can do it....& in fact you discover you can! It is great to be able to take away a piece of artwork which you have made. I am NOT an artist but I was pleased with my efforts. Stained glass is a very absorbing hobby. I shall certainly do more in the future.
Nicky Davies - - #6830
I was rather nervous at first, not being totally artistic, but Matt put me at ease and was extremely patient! He is an excellent teacher. I managed to make a couple of hangings and a lovely mirror. The classes were an enjoyable experience, fun and I met some interesting fellow students. I would recommend anyone to 'give it a go' as you may be surprised by what you can do.
Liz Partington - - #6529
At first there was the uncertainty that "I cannot cut and shape glass" but Matt quickly taught the techniques and created the confidence to have a go. Attended three classes and created two lovely pieces of work that I treasure and am proud of.
Would recommend Matt's classes to anybody who has wanted to try stain glass but never felt they could do it.
Dr Mike Leonard - - #5854
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Course Start DatesSunday 26th November 2017
Sunday 10th December 2017
Sunday 28th January 2018
Sunday 25th February 2018
Sunday 25th March 2018
Sunday 29th April 2018
- Accessible by public transport
- Child friendly
- Disabled access
- Suitable for events & groups
- Teen friendly
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