This colourful workshop provides a perfect introduction to the creative and practical aspects of stained glass and is suitable for complete beginners.
The focus is on learning basic skills such as cutting, grozing and soldering which can then be put into practice as students develop their own projects. Over the 2 days you will complete 2 or 3 small copper-foiled light catchers to take home. A choice of templates are provided with the option to design your own piece on day two if you wish. Lilian will take time during the course to advise you on designing specifically for stained glass so please do not plan too much in advance.
Tutor: Lilian Shaw
Lilian trained originally as a painter working in oils and pastels. Her love of light and colour led her to pursue a career as a stained glass artist. She founded her own studio in 1986.
She has many varied commissions to her name both in the UK and abroad. These include pieces for private clients, churches and the National Trust.
Lilian is an experienced and conscientious tutor with a genuine passion for her craft.
Health & Safety
This workshop involves the handling and soldering of metals (specifically lead, tin and copper). It also requires the use of sharp materials, hot tools and chemicals. Protective goggles, gloves and dust masks will be provided. Whilst every effort is made to keep the studio environment safe and well ventilated, if you are pregnant or suffer from asthma or dermatitis, for your own assurance, we recommend you seek medical advice before booking this course.
Start time: Join us from 9.30am for tea/coffee and introductions. Tuition starts at 10.00am
End time: Tuition finishes around 5.00pm
There is an hour for lunch and breaks whenever you wish.
• Purpose built studio in beautiful Peak District setting
• Relaxed, creative atmosphere
• 4 - 8 students per workshop
• Open to both beginners and those with experience
• Good fresh food, homemade cakes
• Accommodation on site and nearby if required
• Private groups welcome (minimum 4 people)
Please get in touch for bookings or further information.
If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.
What's included in the price?
Fee includes professional tuition, lunch and refreshments - an additional materials fee applies.
A tempting selection of quality glass will be available and all tools/equipment provided. There is a standard charge of £15 for basic materials used on the course. This covers clear glass (for cutting practice), some coloured glass, copper foil, flux, solder and patina plus use of all tools. Larger and more specialist pieces of glass may be purchased from the tutor at an additional cost.
A tasty light lunch is included in the course fee. Please let us know of any special dietary requirements. Tea, coffee and biscuits are available all day to help yourself and there will be home-made cake mid afternoon.
Accommodation available at extra charge:
'Godfrey Hole Cottage' - On site. 2 bedrooms. Sleeps 3 (+2 on sofa bed)
'The Counting House' - Georgian town house in Wirksworth, 1 mile away. 1 bedroom. Sleeps 2 (+1 on sofa bed)
Alison Massey at Zantium Studios Ltd
Zantium Studios, Godfrey Hole House Near Hopton Wirksworth, Matlock Derbyshire DE4 4DF
I recently spent a very enjoyable weekend at Zantium Studios learning to create copper foil stained glass light catchers. Lillian was an excellent tutor - very calm, very positive & very knowledgable. Godfrey Hole house and Zantium studios was an excellent base for the course and the food was delicious. The Kingfisher light catcher I produced on the course now has pride of place in our conservatory.
I would thoroughly recommend the venue and 2 day introduction course and hope to go back on the intermediate course as soon as possible.
Zantium Studios Ltd:
Tony, thankyou so much for this glowing review. Lilian is, indeed, a very talented artist and patient tutor. I will pass on your positive feedback. So glad you enjoyed your time here - including the cakes! Hope to welcome you back soon.
My husband and I had a fabulous 2 days learning the basic techniques of copper foil stained glass. We thoroughly enjoyed it and are contemplating booking onto the intermediate course now, to learn more. Lillian is a superb tutor, very calm and encouraging. Godfrey Hole House is a superb setting, and the studio is spot on. The food, especially the cakes, were delicious. Everyone was very welcoming and we had really lovely 2 days, thank you! I'd thoroughly recommend it to anyone.
Zantium Studios Ltd:
I have just read your wonderful words...thankyou so much for sharing such a positive review. We are truly delighted to hear you enjoyed the course so much. I will be certain to pass on your kind feedback to Lilian. She works so very hard and is clearly passionate about her craft.
Good luck with any future projects - of which I am sure there are many...
Hope to see you again at some point.