About the Course
Enjoy a relaxed, fun and informal day making stained glass sun-catchers, funky tea light holders or mobiles using the Tiffany foiling method.
You will be carefully taken through all the processes, helping you to develop the skills of glass cutting, grinding, foiling and soldering.
Each student will go home with some wonderful and individual pieces that they have created that day. Suitable for beginners and those with some experience.
I offer several different types of glass workshop:
Tiffany style/copper foil method
This refers to stained glass work in the style of Louis Comfort Tiffany where each piece of glass is wrapped in copper foil before being soldered together. This method is generally used for making gifts and smaller pieces such as sun-catchers.
Traditional lead panels or stained glass windows
In these classes, we use the centuries-old method which has hardly changed since the 12th century. A panel or window consists of pieces of coloured glass held together with strips of lead came which is then soldered at the joins and finally cemented to create a weatherproof window.
Stained glass mosaics
This is the process of creating a design or pattern using small pieces of stained glass adhered to either a mirror, glass sheet, vase or wooden shape.
We will cover different stained glass techniques (copper foil and mosaic) and finished pieces on different dates from Stained Glass Mosaics, mobiles, bunting, terrariums and Christmas decorations. If there a specific technique you would like to learn or a particular finished piece please click on the ‘View website’ button to find out what is happening and when.
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 workshops are all-inclusive. All glass, tools and materials and safety equipment will be provided, together with tea/coffee, biscuits and buffet lunch. All you need to bring is your creativity. :-)
I did the one day suncatcher course yesterday and can't rate it highly enough. Lots of workspace in a lovely workshop, plenty of good kit, relaxed atmosphere, great tuition whatever your ability - it's a total escape from the world for a day.
Lara Shaddick - - #21189
I attended one of Gighas' courses on Saturday and fully enjoyed the whole experience and love my finished mobile. Gigha is a very confident, knowledgable and creative tutor in a very relaxed and intuitive style.... Can't wait to return soon.
Wendy Mcdonald - - #21056
Gigha was amazing, a super teacher and allowed you the freedom to explore and creatively design your stained glass. There were no limits. Great setting, wood burning stove, hot spud lunch and more.
Will definitely be back and maybe for a bespoke course.
Thanks again Gigha.
Nicola Morris - - #20992
My daughter and I did The stained glass mosaics workshop on 3rd March. Once again a brilliant time had by all, Gigha is an excellent teacher so kind and patient, in a warm and friendly atmosphere. Lovely lunch and treats throughout the day. We were so pleased with our creations at the end of the workshop.
Highly recommended. We will be back Gigha.
Dorothy - - #20308
Have now done 2 workshops with Gigha- both excellent; her teaching, encouragement and help are wonderful. Can't wait to book another!
Jo-Anne Sharp - - #20288
Another wonderful day at Gigha's workshop, this time doing stained glass mosaics. Gigha is an excellent teacher and makes everything so much fun - and you get a great lunch too! Thoroughly recommended.
Lesley Taylor - - #20213
We attended a fabulous stained glass terrarium workshop with Gigha in her studio in Bideford. Gigha is a great teacher - professional, informative but most of all friendly and fun. Our confidence grew by the hour and we all came away with wonderful terrariums and big smiles on our faces. Thank you so much Gigha - we'll be back! xx
Tracey Barclay - - #20081
I totally loved this course. There was so much glass and beads to choose from it was like being in a sweet shop! Even my daughters (one an art teacher) and husband were impressed with my stunning suncatcher. Thank you so much. Can't wait to come again. Jenny x
Jenny - - #19916
My friend and I booked in for a one day copper foil two people course with this artist. We had a fabulous day, learned loads, had fun, created some beautiful pieces of art work. Gigha is a patient and kind teacher with a great sense of humour. Her workshop is warm and cosy full of her beautiful art works which give you so much inspiration. Thank you so much for a great day, we will be back again.
Lotti Rains - - #19442
What a great day!! We booked with friends for the glass Mosaic course and thoroughly enjoyed the whole experience. We will be going back for more and can highly recommend the experience, lunch and Gigha's gentle way of getting across the techniques, giving us a lovely object to take home from our efforts.
Bev & Mike
Beverley J Law - - #18908
This was an excellent day course. Gigha is a brilliant teacher with a well equipped studio which provides a friendly and relaxed environment to learn in. I have attended the stained glass panels, mosaics and sun catchers courses so far and have already booked a place on the garden panels course for next year. Lunch and refreshments are provided throughout the day. Gigha offers a wide verity of workshops, I would highly recommend trying them out.
Süz Jarvis - - #18345
Fabulous course in a fabulous studio with a fabulous teacher - 100% recommended, you will be hooked.
Fi Axford - - #17691
I attended a one day lead panel workshop. It was the second of geigha’s courses that I had attended and again it was excellent. The work shop is so well equipped, enough tools for everyone to have their own set and there is a huge range of glass to choose from and no limit on what you use. After just one day I took home a lead panel that has received great admiration from family and friends. Thank you again Geigha
Jo foreman - - #17581
Gigha is a fabulous teacher - her classes are informative and totally engrossing, great fun. I highly recommend both Tiffany style & lead stained glass as well as the mosaics. As well as having a fabulous creative day you will take away something wonderful that you have made.
Fi Axford - - #17293
I have attended two courses by Gigha ( copper foil and Mosaics ) and I would highly recommend them. Gig is a great teacher and explains everything fully. She is always on hand to help and give inspiration. The workshop is great and the atmosphere is very relaxed. You can help yourself to tea and coffee ( nice biscuits supplied ) and Gigha also supplies lunch.
At the end of the day you will come home with something you can be proud of. Five stars.
Joe O'Hara - - #17181
Ive now attended 2 workshops (bunting & suncatchers and terrariums) and I enjoyed both very much. Gigha is an excellent tutor, patient and enthusiastic and I was delighted with my glassy makes. I look forward to doing more courses with her (Id like to do a leaded workshop, mosaic and to have a go at some fused glasswork). I highly recommend her fun and friendly small classes.
Sharon Munsey - - #16978
What a great day! I thoroughly enjoyed myself! The glass was beautiful, and we were encouarged to choose some great colour combinations, and unleash our imaginations! I am definately going to be booking another one, the only difficulty is which one to choose next? Thank you for a great introduction to working with glass, I am tired but very happy!
Mel Gallagher - - #16445
Just attended a wonderful Bunting & Magical Mobile workshop with Gigha at her new fab studio & had a delightful day learning something new. As a complete novice I was slightly apprehensive but Gigha is so warm & welcoming (not to mention patient!) & is a great teacher. I was soon immersed in the beautiful things that surround the workshop, making me full of admiration & a desire to finally end up going home with my own creation!! It was fun with a lovely group of people; a super lunch was provided too! I really will be going back to try another discipline in the future. I really would highly recommend this experience to anyone .... infact I already have!!!!! p.s. my magical Colorful Cloudburst mobile hangs in my window & I am very chuffed with it!! ❤
Pauline D'Rane - - #16437
Brilliant day! Pleasant company, excellent tuition and as an absolute beginner I came away with 2 pieces that look really good. We had a lovely lunch and plenty of tea! The choice of items to make suited everyone and the results were fantastic. It was well worth the trip from Kent to Devon. I shall definitely be attending further workshops.
Margaret Price - - #15359
Brilliant relaxed and informative day, very well organised with lots of equipment designs and materials to utilise, (and lovely lunch provided) made some beautiful original pieces, can't wait to do my next workshop, should be 1st choice for the novice or more experienced with lots of tips an touches to enhance your work, I found it really enjoyable and inspiring - Thank you Gigha you are a great teacher! x
Michele - - #15356
What a fantastic day. Gigha is so lovely and relaxed as a teacher. Her knowledge and patience are off the scale. I have a fantastic day, picked up all skills needed very will with Gigha's help. Lots of materials available to use which was all very exciting for crafters. Was very happy with what I produced.
Lunch was lovely.
I won't hesitate to book again!
Gay Steer - - #15353
A brilliant day, as a complete beginner I made a suncatcher and bunting. The workshop is extremely well equipped and Gigha an excellent teacher.
joanna Foreman - - #15345
Attended the April two day Lead glass workshop. Excellent course with equally excellent teaching and facilities. A great way of learning a whole load of new skills whilst having a real fun time.
Enjoyed every minute.
Stephen Seamons - - #14674
I found the workshop on line, I booked two places for me and my husband.
Never been on a stained glass workshop, cutting glass was not easy.
Having spent some time doing the glass cutting, I chose my designs, Gigha has pieces made on a table and patterns in a folder. So many designs to choose from.
There is plently of choice of glass, and other bits to add to your work.
Lunch is included,plenty of drinks.
Its a mixed ability group, some people on their 3rd workshops. Gigha comes around and explains when you need to move on to the next stage.
I would book again,we both really enjoyed the day.
Sarah P - - #13966
Fantastic day. Gigha is a very relaxed tutor, and imparts her knowledge quietly and creatively. She worked very hard to give us a special experience. We had a wonderful selection of choices of bases to mosaic and a glass sweet shop of colours, shapes, and variety from which to choose. She also produced a delicious sit down lunch. The day was run in a caring and thoughtful way. I will definitely be on another course soon. I am absolutely thrilled with the mosaic I made, and my husband is very impressed with my results.
Sally Ruffle - - #13692
This is my second stained glass course and like the first time, I had a wonderful day and came back with some lovely creations. Gigha holds a relaxed informative class and offers good advice and assistance when required. The equipment and choice of products to enhance your creation are superb. I had a fantastic time and will be back again, this time with my husband who desperately wants to try it. Lunch included what else could you ask for.
Marylyn Hofmann - - #13575
I’ve now been to many of Ghia’s courses, both Tiffany method copper foil & glass mosaic. I’m now completely & utterly hooked to glass thanks to Ghia's excellent teaching. The groups have a good mix of people & it’s always a friendly atmosphere & excellent lunch provided.
I have a tendency to arrive at the workshops with big ideas but limited know-how, but Ghia goes out of her way, above & beyond, to help you create your masterpiece. She is very enthusiastic & has a real love & knowledge of the subject. She is also generous in providing further advice & support in being able to buy correct/best equipment to carry on creating on your own away from her workshops.
I cannot recommend Ghia’s workshops enough! Give them a go & you’ll soon be hooked too.
Alison Penney - - #13148
Mosaics was my first course. It was a lovely day with a very relaxed atmosphere....until I realised I had been over ambitious with my design and had to work faster.
There was plenty of materials to choose from and top quality tools.
I took home a beautiful mosaic on mirror.
Oh, and we had a really great lunch too!
I'm looking forward to my second course which is already booked.
Nicky - - #13086
Just attended my first mosaic class with Gigha. Had a brilliant day would definately recommend it. Found Gigha to be very patient, informative and fun. Lots of choice with materials and also a great lunch. Can't wait to go again.
Annette James - - #13078
Second time with Gigha and had another wonderful course. So pleased with my mosaic. Gigha is very attentive and always ready to lend a hand! There is so much choice of glass and other bits...bliss! Lunch lovely too
Karen Holme - - #13075
I have just attended the valentines stained glass workshop. As a complete novice I was a bit nervous but had a blast, I feel I am now totally hooked. I couldn't have asked for a better teacher, Gigha was amazing showing us step by step and very patient going over things. Everyone on the workshop was very friendIy and we all, made lovely glass items which we could take home. Can't wait to go to my next workshop with Gigha. I would highly recommend this workshop. Sandra
Sandra - - #13035
I’ve now done a few of Gigha’s workshops and can say that each one has been great fun. I’ve learnt a lot and started off as a complete novice. Gigha is very patient and an easy going tutor. She is there if you need one to one help but for those who have been before she lets you go and do your own thing. A very well organised workshop, lunch, coffee and sweet treats are very nice as well!
Diane - - #12116
I went to one of the Christmas workshops and what an amazing, fun and creative day it was. Highly recommended. It’s no worry if you have no clue, Gigha takes you through the processes step by step making it so easy to produce something beautiful. I am really proud of what I created and even my husband said they were good, and it takes a lot to get a comment from him usually.
Miya - - #12107
Really loved this course. Very friendly & relaxed atmosphere. Gigha is an excellent teacher & was on hand all the time to help if needed. I was really happy with what I managed to create on the day & have already booked my next course. Thank you Gigha, can't wait for the next one! Would highly recommend for everyone.
Lou Robinson - - #12105
I was a complete novice to working with glass and I loved every minute. Learning about cutting glass, foiling, soldering and creating a gorgeous piece to take home. Gigha is friendly and so knowledgeable. Great teacher and lovely relaxed atmosphere. Looking forward to the next one. 100% recommended.
Miriam Doogan - - #12063
I had a wonderful day, learnt so much and gained some new skills. Excellent that there was support there when needed after the first demo. Got on with stuff and guidance and every important step of the way. Then left to it. I could have stayed a lot longer and made much much more. Will most definitely be booking another one. Thank you Gigha
Rachael Bennett - - #12058
My friend and I had a ball. A thoroughly enjoyable day. We came home with several excellent Xmas Decorations. Gigha was exceeding good. Her demonstrations were clear and she was happy to demonstrate again or to help out, but left you alone to get on with it. I can thoroughly recommend to anyone like me who isn't particularly crafty or to people who have a greater knowledge. The equipment and resources were plentiful. On top of that we had an excellent simple lunch with Jacket Potatoes and Salad and a few nibbles with plenty of tea and coffee and biscuits available at all times. I shall book another course shortly. Thank you very much. Marylyn
Marylyn Hofmann - - #11850
Totally recommend this course. I'm not great at craft work, but Gigha is a patient, wonderful teacher encouraging you to be ambitious and creative and do as much as you can yourself but stepping in when things look like they need rescuing! Lovely to be able to produce the whole thing from initial drawing (taking inspiration from all the beautiful things Gigha has made) to final touches with a bit of help! Came home with a beautiful tea light holder. Thanks Gigha x
Jo Moser - - #11279
Such a well taught class. Very clear demonstrations and instructions as we went along. Extremely wide range of mayon offer to use and to top it all a filling freshly cooked lunch. Can't wait to attend again
Catherine Revell - - #10088
Very well organised with lots of materials available to use. Each step was clearly demonstrated and if you were still uncertain Gihga helped you through. Gihga clearly explained how to use the equipment safely and kept a watchful eye on us without interfering. It was a lovely day - every one pitched in and the lunch was very good. You don't have to be an expert, just relax and have fun.
Pam B - - #9540
This day course was an absolute joy. I gave this course to my mum for her 70th birthday and we both enjoyed it immensely. Gigha was an excellent teacher and very patient and we came away with beautiful pieces tealight holders. We will be back
Chrissie Ingle - - #9522
I am so happy to leave a review for you Ghia. I went to one of your Christmas workshops in Bideford last year and just had the best day ever. I would never have believed I could make three angels and a decorated tree to hang on my own Christmas tree. I look forward to taking another class so I can increase my collection of angels.
Laura Williams - - #9466
I did a bunting and mobile course and it was amazing and I’m now completely hooked.
Gigha was a great teacher and was so patient and made everything anyone wanted to do possible. She showed us all the different techniques well but was more than happy to go over them again on a more one-to-one basis if needed.
I was so happy with what I produced on the day and that was all down to Gigha.
I would really highly recommend any of her classes and I really look forward to doing another course in the future.
Kat Hill - - #9442
Had a lovely day doing the bunting and mobile course,the day went so fast.
Gigha is an excellent teacher and explained and demonstrated the different
techniques very well.Would thoroughly recommend the course. Look forward to attending
another course very soon.
Kay Carroll - - #9420
I attended the 'Funky Tea Light Holder' in March. Thoroughly enjoyed the day, lovely relaxed atmosphere with good instruction. Great start to learning more about this glass craft, and came away with a fairly acceptable tea light holder. Look forward to attending another one in the future.
Debbie - - #8751
We thoroughly enjoyed the day, the company and the lovely lunch. It was excellent value. I can't tell you how pleased I was with my lightcatcher which now has pride of place in the lounge window. We'll be back. Sarah & Debbie
Sarah B - - #8646
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