Stained Glass Beginners Workshop

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The beginners workshop is designed for everyone who has no knowledge or skill of stained glass but who wants to try their hand. There are a maximum of six places on each course and they usually run one Saturday every month from September through to May. Book early to avoid disappointment, or you may prefer to start by contacting David to find out about suitability and available places.

If you are a group of between four and six we can run a beginners workshop especially for you, again please contact David to discuss your preferred date.

Please get in touch for more details.

Refunds are not available on this booking. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

The course fee includes use of tools and all the materials needed to complete your panel.


The day starts at 10.00am with a brief chat and look through some glass samples followed by a demonstration on how to cut glass. Students are then given a glass-cutter and scrap glass to practice with.

Once students are accurately cutting glass, following the basic shapes, they are given a range of designs to choose from for their project. At this time the ease of each design will be discussed along with the choice of glass from the many different ones available.

Students will then have the rest of the morning to cut the glass for their project. As the day progresses we tend to stop around 1.30pm for lunch. There are two pubs and other places to eat 10 minutes down the road in Steyning, or you can bring food to eat in at the studio. In warm weather you can sit outside and enjoy the view across the Adur valley.

After lunch we demonstrate how to assemble the cut glass and students then put their project together with lead cames. This is followed by a demo on soldering the panels together at the joints, which the students then do to finish their panel.

The day normally concludes between 4.30pm and 5.00pm, but extends through to when each student finishes their project – and you get to go home with what you made!


David Lilly at David J Lilly

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Drum Barn, Applesham Farm
Coobes Road
Coombes, Lancing
West Sussex
BN15 0RP

Suitable for

  • Corporate days out & team building
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Hen dos
  • Intermediate level
  • Stag dos
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers


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

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Corinne - - #37619

A very rewarding course, learning a new craft and coming home with a lovely stained glass panel. David is a very good tutor, giving lots of useful tips that has given me the confidence to try some leaded stained glass pieces for the garden.
I thoroughly recommend this course to anyone who would like to try the craft of stained glass.

Response from David J Lilly:

Hi Corinne,

Thank you so much for the the lovely review. It was great to see you push your imagined limits and not only choose one of the most complicated designs to make up, but completely pull it off beautifully.

Best Wishes


Tracey Surmon - - #36797

The workshop was a Christmas gift for me with my 14 year old daughter also attending. David was very helpful throughout and extremely patient with both my daughter and myself whilst we got the hang of cutting and building up our stained glass panels. The workshop was informative, fun and an enjoyable day all round. Would definitely recommend it, thank you David.

Response from David J Lilly:

Hi Tracey

Thank you so much for your lovely review. I am delighted that you both enjoyed it so much and you both made beautiful panels. It was lovely to meet you both and see you make beautiful stained glass.

Best wishes


Harriet Murray - - #36787

I bought this workshop as a christmas present for my boyfriend and we had such a fantastic day. We learnt so much and really felt like it was a day well spent! I would definitely go back again. There are template options for all abilities so no matter how easy/hard you find it, you will always go home with something special. David was very helpful and kind and it was a nice small group of six which was well managed. Thank you!

Response from David J Lilly:

Hi Harriet

Thank you for your lovely review. It was an absolute delight to have you and Elliot there in the workshop and you both were an inspiration and rays of joy for the other participants.

I hope to see you in another or this workshop again sometime.

Best wishes


Pat - - #31542

The course was a gift for my birthday. I had a great time. A bit frustrating because it took me a long time to be a bit more confident with the glass cutting. David helped me a great deal with this, guiding me through the different type of cutters I could use. He also made sure all the pieces fitted when the lead work was being prepared. I ended the day with a very special stain glass panel.

Response from David J Lilly:

Thanks Pat for the lovely review. You really challenged yourself which was lovely to see and I could tell that your skills were increasing at quite a lick as you progressed through the panel making.

I am delighted that you enjoyed yourself and were happy with the results, it was certainly a very beautiful panel.

Sue Howard - - #28738

Second time for this course. Was a wonderful day, David professional and cheery
as before. A great day was had and I will return to try his copper course.
Thank you David.

Response from David J Lilly:

Thank you Sue.

It was great to have you back in the studio. See you soon for Copper fold-forming.

Best Wishes


Pauline Turner - - #27417

The day was a Christmas gift from my partner as I expressed interest in learning more about glass cutting and it was for beginners as a taster course. I had no previous experience in cutting glass, and it took a while to get the hang of it. David was quite short with me, in front of the rest of the class, on more than one occasion.
Although I realize he is passionate about his craft, and very talented,I found his attitude really rude and quite embarrassing.

Response from David J Lilly:

Hi Pauline,

I am sorry that you did not enjoy your day learning to make your stained glass panel. Yes, you struggled in the beginning as do many others, but by keeping it light-hearted and me showing you different methods of using different cutting tools you overcame the problems you were experiencing and you acheived your goal, which you told me was to make a stained glass panel - and it was lovely. Also you were the first to finish.

I was not aware that I was treating you differently from anyone else, so I am sorry you did not enjoy the day.

Lin Golding - - #26789

David was a great instructor and clearly passionate about stained glass works and sharing his enthusiasm with others. David gave clear instructions and demonstrations and very patiently repeated and re-demonstrated when requested. An extremely enjoyable and thoroughly productive, stimulating and motivating day which I would definitely recommend to others. I'd like to come back and do more.

Response from David J Lilly:

Dear Lin,

Thank you for that wonderful review. Do come back again and try another design or material!

Sue Hiward - - #26707

Great fun, David very patient. Had a laugh. What more could you want.

Response from David J Lilly:

Thanks Sue. it was great to have you there

Sarah Wood - - #25970

A great day. I had never had a go at Stained Glass before. David was an excellent instructor, and took us through each stage steadily and slowly. Would love to have another go!

Response from David J Lilly:

Thanks for the great review

Sarah Bridger - - #24477

Excellent day, and absolutely delighted with my stained glass. David was patient and explained things clearly. Would thoroughly recommend.

Response from David J Lilly:

Hi Sarah,

Thanks for your lovely review.

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