Our one-day introduction to the traditional method of stained glass construction using lead cames will give you a grounding in the essential techniques, plenty of hands-on experience with the pro-grade tools we use, and lots of tips, tricks and insight into the history of this 1300-year-old craft.
We call this class our 'Garden Panel' class - you'll make a stained glass panel you can show off in your garden, or display indoors! This class is suitable for complete beginners!
Our one day classes are suitable for anyone over 16, although we do advise that anyone with a medical condition that limits their hand strength or control contact us before booking to discuss.
With a maximum of 5 students and two tutors you can be sure of plenty of attention and guidance throughout the class.
We'll introduce you to all the key techniques and tools used in the traditional method of constructing stained glass - using lead cames.
As this class demands more strength in hands and wrists, we recommend the foiling beginners class to those with limited strength or control.
We start out by demonstrating how we score and break glass.
You'll then practice cutting glass to a design until you're ready to start cutting the coloured glass for your main project. This will take us up to lunchtime. Lunch is taken in the nearby tea-rooms and is included in the class price.
In the afternoon, you'll work on your project piece which you'll finish in time to take home!
We'll demonstrate the process of constructing a panel using the leading method. At each stage we'll discuss the tools and techniques being used and point out common difficulties. You'll then build your panel with the coloured glass you've just cut.
You will learn how to cut, grind, lead-up and solder all resulting in a finished piece of artwork for you to enjoy for years to come.
Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.
The course cost includes:
• All materials, choice of starter designs and glass
• Use of tools and protective gear
• Refreshments during the day and lunch at the nearby Tea Rooms
• 2 tutors, maximum class size 5 people
• Info pack to keep with information on getting started and where to buy glass and tools, emailed as PDF
• Your piece to take home
• Eligibility for our Project Days Programme
• Class runs from 9-45 to (approx) 6-30pm
And of course your piece to take home at the end of the day!
8 hours (9:45am to 6:30pm)
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Myself and my husband John attended a full day workshop (10 hours) creating a leaded glass panel and acquiring new skills on both glass leading and using tools relevant to complete a project. We are really proud of our end works and are now hanging in the garden. We were total beginners and impressed with the professionalism of the tutors' training style, knowledgeable and patience during the whole day. Fantastic tutors who are an asset to the art world. Thank you so much for all your help.
Response from Vitreus Art:Thanks for your review Mandy - it was a pleasure working with you both!
Mike and Jenny were very welcome and attentive throughout the day. Mike was clear with all his step by step instructions and Jenny efficiently served plenty of refreshments and also offered her knowledge to the group.
I would certainly go back to them to try some of the other courses that they offer.
Response from Vitreus Art:Many thanks for your review Brenda - it was a pleasure working with you.
Mike and Jenny's garden panel workshop was the first of many classes I've taken with them. They are great teachers delivering step by step tutorials with individual support and guidance as required. Tea and biscuits are always in plentiful supply and the background music sets the mood for a most enjoyable, creative time.
Response from Vitreus Art:Great to hear you enjoy the music Sue. Looking forward to seeing what you create in the studio next time.
I bought this as a Christmas present for my husband and I to do together. Neither of us had worked with stained glass before, but the support and tuition received meant we came away with pieces we were really proud of.
Mike and Jenny are great fun to work with and are always very welcoming, keeping you well supplied with tea/coffee and biscuits all day and provide a great lunch at the cafe next door.
Response from Vitreus Art:Hi Brooke,
Leaded Garden Panel Workshop - did this workshop on a really hot day last summer. It was just brilliant with lots of one to one instruction, help with colours and unlimited tuition and patience. Am so pleased with the finished panel and love the way it catches the light in the late afternoon sun. Will certainly be signing up for more classes in 2020. Bring it on!!
Response from Vitreus Art:Hello Libby, It was great working with you then, and since. And looking forward to the next creation you make under our guidance. Best regards,
Thoroughly enjoyed the day, went so quickly despite staying late to finish my panel. Very clear instruction from Jenny and Mike, and well timed help when I needed it. Totally enjoyed it all, fab lunch too!
Response from Vitreus Art:Hi Ann, Thank you for taking the time to right a review for us. It was a pleasure working with you and we hope you are enjoying your panel very much.