COVID update - Fortunately the workshop is very spacious, well ventilated and naturally sunlit making it ideal for socially distanced classes! I also will be running the classes with smaller numbers to ensure really good spacing (3 metre+) and will be asking all attendees to wear masks, hand sanitise and we wear safety specs normally anyway! Obviously, if you are shielding then a group class is not an advisable idea at the moment.
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, clocks, mirrors, hanging pieces or set the glass into a display stand. Bring your own ideas! You can contact me to discuss by email the practicality of attempting a particular piece before the class.
To make your booking click 'See available dates' or ask for more information please click on the 'message the tutor' below.
The classes normally take place on the last weekend of each month, sat or sun (however family/private groups can be arranged on a convenient day, be it weekend or weekday please see my other listing for private classes). The numbers are limited and classes fill up quickly so get in touch to book your place.
These leisure-based courses are run in the newly established Devon Applied Arts Workshop ("DAA Workshop" for short!) between Exeter and Tiverton. Set in rolling fields, the space is disabled access friendly.
There are tea making facilities and toilets although you will need to bring your own packed lunch.
Children aged 9-16yrs can attend with an adult and are reduced price (£95). Please get in contact via the 'Message the tutor' and I can send you a link for this. 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.
If you are counting yourself as a returner to the craft then please get in touch via messaging to confirm what skill level you have prior to booking. It helps me to manage the classes.
Classes continue to the end of each month throughout 2022. Dates will be made available for the 2nd Half of the year booking in due course.
Note that I run other private weekend and weekday classes on an on-demand basis. Check my other listing on this craft courses site for these private classes ('More from this Maker' button below). If you wish to book as a present for a loved one please do contact me directly to check on the availability of dates prior to any booking or voucher purchase.
Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.
Course fee of £120 (£95 for a child attending with a full paying adult) covers a one day class. Materials for a piece around A4 size and tools are provided (additional charge may be made for "epic" projects, or special materials but will be discussed fully in advance). Many Students choose to become returners if they have a larger project to work on or want to continue with the craft. If this is of interest to you please enquire when you have made your booking. For larger projects, there may be additional materials costs but these will be discussed on enquiry.
Wear warm "workshop" clothes, no fluffy jumpers (tend to catch fragments). No open-toed sandals or shoes.
The course is not suitable for pregnant women or for students who are not capable of following the safety and instruction guidance.
If you already have tools from doing glass classes previously please mark them in some way before bringing them. It can be a good idea to bring a board or something to take your piece home on/in. Also, a toolbox/plastic box/large Tupperware box is a good idea to keep any glass pieces safe if you are planning to attend a number of classes.
Tea and coffee are provided but if you prefer do bring your own thermos flask. Please also bring your own packed lunch.
1 day (9:30am to 5:00pm)
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I received a one day stained glass workshop course as a gift, and what a wonderful present it was.
The workshop is in a lovely setting and there is plenty of space, light and glass of all different colours and textures for you get crafty with. You get your own workspace with all the required equipment to make a design of your own, or if you are not that way inclined there are designs that Matt can offer you.
You get to learn how to do traditional stained glass windows, or the copper foil method. I opted for the copper foil method and I wasn't disappointed.
After hearing all the safety info, and the techniques needed to cut glass ( which was really relevant) we all learnt how to wrap our fingers in insulation tape, to prevent all those minuscule pieces of glass from cutting your finger tips to pieces. We then got going.
Matt was a great tutor, he moved around and helped people with all the different parts involved in making our designs, with a good mix of humour and lots of positivity and motivation.
I would highly recommend this course, it made the non-arty part of me into an artist. I didn't have to worry about mixing paints, how to use a paint brush correctly, or trying to make clay into that correct shape. I just cut glass and fitted it together.
If there were any negatives they may be: 1) you got glass envy when you saw what other people managed to find in the racks and use in their designs, 2) you got design envy when you saw what other people came up with in their design, some of them were fabulous and I wish I thought of that, 3) once you were in the 'stained glass cutting and compiling zone' you became totally unaware of the concept of time.
My design had to be modified as it had too many pieces, but I finished it and when I finally held it up to the sunshine, well it was awesome.
Thanks Matt, for a lovely creative day.
Thank you Matt for a great informative, fun and interactive day. I learnt so much. From arriving knowing nothing to leaving with a piece of work. Matt took time with everyone and showed great patience, assisting and helping to make corrections, even helping get the design right. Would highly recommend this course and look forward to returning for another day.
Had a fabulous day learning new skills at the stained glass workshop. Lovely peaceful place in the countryside with a very good and patient teacher. Definitely recommend this course.
Excellent tuition and a great crafting space. Matt guided us all though the various stages and was helpful with helping us adapt ideas and designs. I really appreciated the long day…this meant almost all of us were able to work steadily through our creations and not feel rushed.
A great day with an excellent tutor.
What a great day. Creating a design, learning techniques one cutting glass, doing the lead work and coming away with a finished product. It was informative and a fun day. Will definitely recommend and will go again, to learn more.
What a great day we had with Matt. He was welcoming, informative, patient and generally a smashing teacher. We will return for another course.
I'd wanted to try making something in stained glass for a long time and Matt's beginner class was absolutely perfect. He is a very patient and calm tutor and quickly showed us the basic techniques to get started with our designs. In no time at all we were using all kinds of equipment and working with the beautiful glass samples available, shaping the lead and soldering. The day was great fun, without pressure and it was very satisfying to complete my piece of stained glass art. I can highly recommend the class to anyone wanting to give it a go - do it, you won't be disappointed! Looking forward to the next time and many thanks to Matt for sharing his knowledge and skills so freely with us all!
Had a great day with Matt, who is a wonderful teacher. He gave us a brief history of the techniques and then encouraged us to have a go for ourselves. He has an intuitive feel for just how much support someone needs, and when to sort out problems which you have created for yourself! All 6 of us in the class left with a piece of work which we were pleased with.
The class was conducted with plenty of space to maintain social distancing, and felt very safe and well organised.
I would certainly encourage anyone to give it a try; you never know what you might achieve, and with Matt's support and encouragement you might surprise yourself
I had a very intense day of stain glassing on Matt’s stain glass course. Matt is an excellent and considerate teacher and introduced us to the equipment and techniques of stain glassing. We all produced an amazing variety of pieces by the end of the day and I would certainly recommend this starter day for anybody wanting to have a try. Thanks Matt for the experience.
What a fantastic day! Great value for money, brilliant instruction and freedom to produce your own design. From knowing nothing and having no experience, with Matts help I produced a piece I was really proud to take home. It was a full day and thoroughly enjoyable, informative and friendly. A very relaxed atmosphere and fabulous teaching, equipment and choice of glass.
I had the most amazing day on the stained glass making course. Matt is exceptional and I learned so much throughout the session. I had never done any stained glass making before and managed to produce a gorgeous light shade with six small panels. Matt introduced the history of stained glass and quickly moved us on to practice cutting before we were ready for choosing colours, making the shapes fit to the design and using fantastic equipment to make smoothing off easy. We had learned how to copper foil and solder in the tiffany style by the early afternoon. Matt was so helpful and knowledgable and passed this on to us with care, enthusiasm and supported every member of the group so that everyone left at the end of the day with a beautifully finished piece of work. I'll definitely be going back for more.
Had a fantastic day. Matt is a great teacher, very informative and has enough time for everyone. As is at present, mask wearing isn’t really an issue, you may fog up a bit with your safety glasses, but you aren’t wearing the glasses all the time, so all good. If you are thinking about doing a stained glass workshop, stop thinking and book, you wont be disappointed. So much to learn, i really think I will be doing another in the near future.
I absolutely loved the course with Matt. Not only was the course informative and interesting but you made something that you got to take home with you! Matt is a fantastic, patient teacher....will def. be booking a day 2 with him.
Matthew is a skilled maker and restorer of stained glass and is able to communicate with clarity to a beginner the various processes such that an individual piece to be proud of can be made and taken home at the end of the day. He has a good classroom space and provides all equipment needed including a good choice of glass. A generous and patient tutor, I recommend his classes wholeheartedly.
A really enjoyable but challenging day. Matt is a good communicator, patient and enables individuality.
An excellent day of superb tuition from Matt. He quickly put us all at our ease and introduced us to the processes we would be using in our projects. He recognised some problems with my design and adapted it for me, suggesting that I might like to include some some painted glass. This was an interesting process which I thoroughly enjoyed. The time flew by and I managed to produce a small piece of stained glass with Matt’s patient and intuitive help but I still have a lot to learn!
A very well organised and well equipped course with clear instructions and explanations. A friendly atmosphere and plenty of help when needed. I was surprised how much we all achieved in just one day. Really very good.
Thanks Matt, a really great day of learning. Lots of info and help when I needed it. I was a bit worried I wouldn't finish but with Matt's help I've ended up with a Lead Panel which I'm very pleased with. I'm all keen now and thinking about my next project.
What a wonderful day! Matt is extremely personable and very clear in his instruction. All COVID distancing and sanitising guidelines were followed as well as well as safety guidelines for the course. Every one of us on the day came away with a piece of work we were pleased with and could be proud of. I was very nervous to begin with but once we got going, and with Matts guidance, we were soon working independently. I would highly recommend this course.
A very enjoyable and interesting day. Matt is a clear, concise and intuitive teacher, who had time for each of us. The workshop is bright and airy and, keeping class numbers low, made it a pleasant and stress free environment. I was delighted with my finished piece.
Matt was the perfect teacher, whose passion for all things stained glass shines through; intuitive, instinctively knowing when you could do with a bit of help or when you are starting to struggle, calming nature when you it a panic moment ....
I would defiantly consider another workshop at some point, to give one of the other stained glass techniques a go
Great day and I achieved so much more than I expected. Really enjoyed it and would definitely recommend it to anyone wanting to learn about stained glass techniques.
if you are seeking an ideal introduction to every basic essential aspect of making stained glass creations or if you are wishing to progress towards more challenging objectives, you need search no further !! matt and his set up will provide everything you require. the courses are well run, great fun, relaxing and good value. matt is a very good teacher and a nice guy who quickly taps into your needs and pace. he is full of enthusiastic encouragement, interesting ideas and information. if this is what you want to do, look no further because this is the one stop shop for a brilliant hobby. book up and enjoy. i loved it. happy days !!
Absolutely excellent and would recommend. Matt is an intuitive tutor. His workshop is light and airy with all the facilities one needed. Matt was so helpful and I was able to complete a piece of work, with his help, that I am proud to own. I will definitely attend another workshop.
I bought this course as a present for my wife (and myself!) and we attended on 16th May 2021. It was held in an excellent purpose-built facility in beautiful mid-Devon countryside and we spent the day there happily tinkering with 3 other students, oblivious to the pouring rain outside.
Matt is an excellent teacher and is wasn't long, with his guidance, before he turned our rough sketches into something that we could make in a day. Although we both had some experience of glass fusing, this technique of using copper strip and solder was new to us and we were totally absorbed. The day flew by and we not only learned a lot but also managed to actually produce something we were proud of. Thanks again Matt!
Excellent day I learned a lot. Mathew knew his stuff, in all areas. health and safety was good,
He kept me interested all day, letting me do as much as i was able without interference, but as soon as i started to struggle he was there to help. I will be looking to return to practice what i have learned and moor.
I attended the first post lockdown course with Matthew. Previous bookings had had to be postponed so the course was long awaited. It was well worth the wait for this 2019 birthday present! Matthew took great care to ensure that we were working in a safe environment.
He was an excellent teacher and as it was a small class we got very personal guidance with our chosen projects. My project was quite ambitious for a beginner but by the end of the day I had been guided through all the steps and came away with a piece of stained glass work that makes me feel immensely proud. I want to return to see if I can practice the skills we were taught.
Wasn't quite sure what to expect, both in relation to the course content and especially with all the Covid restrictions etc in place.
However, what a pleasant surprise. I had an enjoyable informative day and all necessary precautions both workshop H&S and Covid related were in place. The course was not prescriptive and once the basics were covered then students could focus on what was of personal interest. I returned home at the end of the day with my creation, and am looking forward to undertaking both more stained glass making and having some more tuition from Matt.
What a great day. I didn't know what to expect but Mathew soon put me at ease. He talked us through all the different ways of putting a project together and all the safety rules that apply explaining what to wear to protect yourself.
Also because of the Covid thing everything was even more safe. With plenty of space within the unit to safe distance and plenty of hand gel to use.
I enjoyed it so much as nothing was too much trouble, that I have signed up for another day in January.
Thanks Matt. See you in the New Year
Matt is an excellent teacher and very engaging. From conception to completion he was there to help guide us all. He's truly passionate about his work and passing on skills. The workshop is nicely laid out with plenty of space between students. All c-19 rules applied and where adhered too - I felt very safe. I'll certainly be returning. Thank you 😊
Thank you Matt for a really great day.
As a total beginner I had no idea what to expect, I didn't really think that I would be able to go home with a beautiful completed piece of stained glass! Matt showed such patience taking the small class of five through the tools, safety and techniques needed for the day.
I recommend this class wholeheartedly and can't wait to do another.
It was a brilliant day and I did go home with a wonderful piece of stained glass!
If you are thinking about doing this class stop.. thinking and do it! You will have a really good day and have something beautiful to show for it when you leave !
As a beginner I found the day great fun and very informative, Matt was a very patient and thorough teacher and managed to maintain a smile throughout despite constant questions from me . The information that Matt forwarded via email re. tools, supplies and techniques was really helpful . The group size of 5 worked really well in relation to social distancing and Matt was very on the ball with all covid precautions so the day felt safe as well as fun.
I would thoroughly recommend this course. Matt led us through the various techniques and then helped us to achieve individual pieces to take home at the end of the day. The work space is large, bright and airy and lends itself to social distancing. That, along with the other measures Matt has put in place meant that it felt very comfortable. A totally mindful and enjoyable day and I have already booked again!
Thanks Matt for a great day learning the basic skills for stained glass. A class size of 5 was ideal to enable you to develop your skills on your own but also to know that any assistance was not far away. Will definitely do a follow up course as it is a craft that you could do at home with great reward in seeing your completed pieces.
Had a wonderful day with Matthew - such a lovely studio to work in! Matthew is a great teacher and really made me feel that I could make the design that I chose. It was lovely to see everyone else's progress on the course as well. Would highly recommend this course and would definitely like to come back for another!
A wonderful Christmas present! The day could not have been better: Matt is a great teacher who managed to facilitate a diverse range of designs and abilities. The workshop is fantastic with plenty of workspace and equipment and was very easy to find. I suspect that everyone went home happy with something to really treasure. The biscuits were good too - thanks!
What a truly magical, inspiring and exciting day! The whole set up of the studio coupled with the skill, clarity of explanations and friendly tuition given by Matt enabled 3 generations to learn and it will be a day that we will remember forever. Thank you so much for such an amazing experience as well as for us being able to take home a unique piece of art that we all worked together on. We can’t wait to come back to create something else and to learn more. Thank you so much!
I was delighted that for Christmas 2018 I received a Craft voucher. I had wanted to make a stained glass feature of my bathroom door since moving into our Victorian house 2 years ago. I was drawn to Matt's workshop as he is keen to work with you on your chosen project and he doesn't have a generic set approach to a predetermined piece. At my first workshop in February I just wanted to put all my ideas into one A4 sized piece. Matt has great ideas for colour and light which were entirely in keeping with my project. I was amazed at the really beautiful outcome. So with a birthday in April you can guess what was on the top of my list. I couldn't get down to Devon until a few weeks ago but with several emails between myself and Matt discussing ideas, planning and solution's I came to my second workshop. On the day itself Matt had made the effort to source the glass I needed and under his skilled guidance I was able to produce a really stunning piece which I am very proud of. I am showing pictures to everyone I meet and am well and truly hooked on this amazing Art Form. I'm already planning the next two panels. Thanks again Matt for making my day and providing such a friendly and informative workshop.
What a great day! As a first-timer, I learned lots, had loads of time to practice and the end-result was very satisfying! Matt is encouraging, knowledgeable and helpful, keen to help you make the most of your day in a well equipped and relaxed environment. I left having achieved and learned far more than I expected to and would thoroughly recommend Matt's course.
I attended Matt's 1 day course in stained glass; the venue was great, relaxed, lots of working space, all the equipment you needed. Matt was great, informative, helped you with ideas, he was supportive and enthusiastic about everyone’s work! Everyone left happy! Great day! Would definitely recommend Matt's workshop!
Having wanted to try stained glass for a very long time I went to the September one day course. Had an over ambitious project for the day but Matt was very patient and an excellent instructor which allowed me to complete my first piece on the day. The class was fun and relaxed and I met lots of other creative people with varying degrees of skills. Happily I wasn't the only beginner so didn't feel out of my depth. Happy to recommend this workshop to anyone and hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
I attended Matt’s stained glass workshop in July. I had a wonderful time learning how to make stained glass work, which was my dream that became a reality. It was also a great experience to learn new skills, whilst meeting awesome people. Matt is an amazing tutor who has a passion for his job. He is very patient and approachable and could easily teach me how to make unique art works out of pieces of glass in just one session. He also supported us throughout the day and taught us all the required and necessary techniques. I would highly recommend this course if you want to become a master in this area.
I've wanted to try stained glass work for years and was fortunate to find Matt's course.
I had quite an ambitious window idea and as a beginner I wasn't sure if I'd achieve it but with Matt's help and relaxed and patient approach I discovered it was indeed achievable.
I would definitely recommend this course to anyone. Matt is inspiring and totally supportive of his students.
I really enjoyed Matt's stained glass workshop. Being very patient, he's a natural teacher, giving just the right amount of information at a digestible pace. With hindsight my design was incredibly ambitious for a beginner, however he helped me realise it, whilst also attending to 6 other beginners all with designs that required different methods and techniques. Everybody left with a unique and beautiful piece. Well done Matt, for making this possible!
A comprehensive introduction to making stained glass. Matt is adaptable and approachable...no question is too silly and he will work with the designs you may already have or help you to develop something lovely on the day. Matt was willing to let the workshop over-run as his priority was making sure that everyone had completed a piece they were happy with. I would definitely recommend this one day course.
I'm renovating a Victorian house and have a glass panelled vestibule door frame and door with glass that was replaced in the 60's with single pane slabs of opaque glass that looks flat and uninspiring. It's 18 panels in total and I can't afford to pay for the panels to be professionally made so I decided to take a punt at having a go myself. Having never done anything like this before looked for a course online and found this which was reasonably local to me. The workshop is bright, spacious and in a lovely countryside location.
I took a basic line drawing design with me for one of the mid-sized panels and Matt talked me through the options and design possibilities.
I enjoyed Matt's tuition style, explaining the core principles at the start then leaving you to have a go and working with you through your mistakes and the relevant processes for your idea during the day. I was really delighted to have completed my first panel by the end of the day. People I've showed it to are really impressed too!
I'm ready to have a go myself now, although I'll likely book another session for help with some of the bigger, more complex panels.
It was a great day and I've learned the foundation of a craft that I'll probably use for years to come.
I would really recommend this course to anyone considering trying this craft for the first time. Matt is really encouraging and any doodles you take along to try and express your idea, he will help you realise it. The workshop itself is a really brilliant environment to create in, loads of natural light and space so you don’t feel you are on top on one another, you can get on and spread out if you need to but equally have a chat and a cuppa as you go. I am a complete novice, but I will be returning as I had an ace day. 👍
Just attended my second day course. As before, it was great fun and I came away with something I was really pleased with. Mat and Nicky are enthusiastic and patient teachers. Thanks for a great day.
It was very enjoyable because, as a complete beginner, I found cutting glass hard but with help and encouragement I am very pleased with what I achieved. We all produced very different pieces and learnt to use most techniques. I would recommend Matthew Le Bretton.
Agree with the reviews below about the ambience and support. In comparison with many courses advertised, a big difference is that Matt encourages you to bring your own design and then he will help you realise it, making constructive suggestions for modifications if some elements won't work in glass otherwise. A wide range of different projects and three different techniques being learned on the course I attended, which is a tribute to his flexibility! Very enjoyable and highly recommended.
Very well set out workshop .plenty of space to work. Matt is a very good teacher ,comes across clear and easy to understand ,more than willing to help those who are struggling with bits and bobs . Not a clock watcher we ran over time but he was more than happy to make sure you go home with some work to show off to family etc .
I will be back for more .10/10 plus
What a wonderful day. Great teaching and guidance throughout. Friendly and calm atmosphere with everything you need provided. I was so pleased to have done this course as its been something ive wanted to try for years. I would love to come back and do some more. My finished piece is sat looking beautiful on my kitchen window cill where it catches the light. Thankyou.
I went to a day course with Matt, entertaining serious doubts that I would be able to realise a mock-up I had done previously. But when Matt saw it, he immediately went into overdrive and produced a number of possible ways to achieve it. His set-up at the DAAW near Silverton runs like clockwork and he oversees the projects that people bring, with a calm enthusiasm and care. He made sure that everyone (around 9)
had all the attention they needed, whatever their level of experience. I couldn't have been more impressed, and found myself wishing I had had that quality of guidance when I was a student. I have to say, I'm a fan.
John Harris, professional artist.
A really good course. Matt is an excellent tutor with an obvious passion for what he does, coupled with the teaching skills to help everyone get the most out of the day. I was amazed at what he helped me achieve and it has reignited my enthusiasm for glass work after a gap of many years. I am going back for more!
An excellent course - great tuition, tips, tools, materials and support while we learnt all the techniques we needed to get our stained glass moved from novice to informed aspirant. We are now starting to do our own work and will be back to Matt for further courses.
Had a great day yesterday with Matt Le Breton at his dedicated workshop near Silverton. This is my second visit to Matt's workshop for leaded glass and it didn't disappoint. Matt is an excellent teacher who advises and guides you to develop your own project. Just enough help which allows you to make progress If you are passionate about glass and want to know more, learn new techniques in a motivating environment then I highly recommend this course and this fantastic teacher!
Who knew you could learn so much in one day? Brilliant day, Both Matt and his lovely assistant Nina could not have been more helpful and supportive. Matt even found time in a very busy day to demonstrate glass painting. Will definitely be going again. Thanks Matt for an interesting and informative course.
I attended a one day stained glass course on Sunday and loved every minute, the day flew by in a flash. Matt is a fantastic teacher and offers just the right amount of assistance, whilst also leaving you to work on your own so you feel like the finished piece is your own work. He's incredibly skillful and it was a pleaseure to spend the day working with him and the others on the course. I'll definitely be returning to do more glass work....it's very addictive. Let me know when you run your glass mosaic class Matt, I'd love to come along.
This is an excellent course, and Matt gives individual tuition and encouragement to all concerned. The choice and colours of glass and the methods used to produce lovely pieces of work makes for a very enjoyable day and all concerned were happy with their results. This course is addictive and to anyone who is looking for an opportunity to learn or develop a new skill in a relaxed atmosphere with friendly like-minded people I'd say - give it a go - you won't be disappointed. I'm just looking forward to the next class!
Great fun informative day
As a complete beginning I came away with a beautiful leaded glass window hanging, enough info to feel I could make another and now can’t wait to join the next class to learn more ?
Family friendly classes.
Another class another group of students. Matthew le Breton was able to continue with makers of different abilities and intentions.
I was impressed how he handled a lively boy of about 10, building on the parts of to work which most appealed, whilst making sure that not only was everyone safe but also progressed their own projects. Matthew encouraged a calmer, safer, quieter and more thoughtful approach to help the youngster to employ his love of cutting (rather expensive) glass as a means of creating an abstract mozaic panel.
The foil wrapping was found to be frustrating for the less dexterous and Matthew also found time to assist in this. As a teacher myself I might encourage parents in family groups to take on more of an 'assistant' role if only to share out Mathew's necessary attention between other course participants.
I think that parents might need to be aware for some children, the whole day might be too long and more frequent food breaks and variation in activities or a half day session might sustain short attention spans better.
Matthew le Bretton's traditional and Tiffany stained glass course was all it promised. He takes care to have prior notice of individual plans and so he welcomes us with suitable equipment and materials. He is well aware of H&S issues and has protective equipment and gives good instruction, The gradual progress and demonstration means that we can all move forward confidently without overload. He is well supported by Nina, assistant, so that there is always someone to hand to help and remind us.
The regular monthly Sundays give scope for larger projects and investigation and I expect to be a regular attender to these workshops so conveniently located (for me) in Bradninch. What a marvellous discovery.I have been to several stained glass workshops in my quest for skills and to find one so excellent and close to home is a gift indeed!
This is a really good course, Matt encourages the delegates to bring along a picture so you have a project which interests you for the day. He is very informative and helpful, I would recommend this course to anyone who has an interest in stained glass.
Thank you for a great day
What a great day! It absolutely flew by. Matt’s enthusiasm for working with glass is infectious and his knowledge about his specialisation is vast! We packed lots into the day but it felt very relaxed.
We were able to work at our own pace as our projects took shape and if needed help and advice was at hand. I’m really pleased with the finished piece.
I can’t wait to try something a little more challenging next time.
A really engaging day, with a useful product at the end to take home! Matt was very helpful and enthusiastic throughout the day, sorting out problems but also inspiring us with his own love for working with stained glass. I'd thoroughly recommend this to other beginners like me.
The teaching was excellent with techniques demonstrated from the start. In a short time I was ready to have a go at the basics, and by the end of the day I felt completely at ease cutting glass and using all of the tools provided.
I really enjoyed the day, everyone was friendly and there was a warm atmosphere. I appreciated being taught by someone who is skilled, relaxed and happy to share their knowledge.
I am more than happy to recommend this course.
A very enjoyable day !!
Brilliant course. Matt was great at helping us go at our own pace and develop our skills . Plenty of choice of materials and regular help and advice when you needed it. Definitely will do this again.
This Day Course was an excellent introduction to creating an item in glass. Matt was an excellent teacher and he packed such a lot in the time available but on reflection it seemed a relaxed day!
I came away knowing the basics which will be so helpful if I work with glass again but it is best to go with a specific idea of what you would like to make and in what format.
Matt was very attentive to everyone whatever they were making and however much assistance they needed.
I would certainly recommend the course to others.
The Sunday workshop was a birthday present and not having any previous experience I was a little apprehensive.
But Matt was most helpful and explained the whole process. Matt was always circulating among the group and helped over little difficulties. The day flew by and I managed to produce my little work of art. Will definitely do another day.
I had a specific project in mind, to make a stained glass window for a panel of glass on our stairs. Matt was so helpful in the whole process, visiting the house to help with practical ideas/colours. Then it was my birthday present from family to attend the course to actually make it. I was a little nervous having never done anything like it before, but learnt lots about working with glass, and have created a unique piece of art for my home. Matt is a great teacher. It was a long day, but well worth it. Would recommend to anyone. It really helped me on the day to have a specific project/plan/idea.
What a great way to spend a Sunday, the day just flew, Matt taught us all we needed to know to create a glass piece from our own design, I really look forward to joining him again for another workshop.
Would recommend to anyone with no knowledge of glass working or artistic flair (like myself) as you can still make a piece to be proud of.
Very much enjoyed this class, a first for me and was very pleased with what I produced especially as I am not very artistic. Matt was a very clear and patient teacher and I would definitely recommend this class.
I had never used this medium before but really enjoyed the whole day.
Matt was an excellent tutor, patient and helpful.
I was really happy with my project.
I would recommend this course highly.
Last week I attended the glass painting course run by Matt and was delighted (to my surprise) I produced a lovely piece of artwork ! The class was thoroughly enjoyable having the benefit of Matts' knowledge and guidance in his field of expertise and the day flew by so quickly with being so absorbed in creating. Very highly recommended and I certainly would like to return.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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.’
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.