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.
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!
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.
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.
Had a great time learning glass painting and stained glass, great courses to get you into this subject.
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.