Kate Billington led the course of around a dozen people, most of whom were absolute beginners, like myself and my wife. She was very calm and thorough and seemed to generate plenty of time for individual help whenever it was needed.
By the end of the day she had taken us from how to score a straight line on a clear piece of flat glass to producing a very pleasing piece of stained glass artwork. How she managed it in the time I do not know, but I enjoyed the whole day and was amazed at the skills I seemed to pick up with her help.
Christine and I thoroughly enjoyed the one day traditional stained glass workshop we both attended on Saturday. Kate is an excellent tutor. She explained each process in detail and spent lots of time with each student when needed. Imagine our surprise to walk away with 2 finished stained glass pieces at the end of the day. We will most definitely come back to experience more and we would not hesitate to recommend this to anyone. Thank you again Kate for a great day.
A very intense and satisfying day. Lots of new skills to learn and a lot to fit into the day, but Kate kept a very calm atmosphere and was always there when anyone needed help! Everyone got on well and supported each other, and we were all very proud at the end of the day with our finished items. It was very interesting and we all learnt a lot, and had a lot of fun at the same time. Thanks Kate for your expertise, humour and patience !
This was an excellent day covering many skills. Kate was a superb teacher. She explained everything so well and was very encouraging and patient. I needed a lot of help being a rather non crafty, non practical individual. The final piece was stunning however with help! I did enjoy the day but found it quite intense.
The soldering right at the end finished me off - wish I had had time to practice this skill. Thankfully Kate stepped in doing the job otherwise I might still be at the studio! I do fancy the mosaic workshop however with no soldering in sight. Thank you for the experience.
Having never worked with glass before I didn't really know what to expect. The workshop was excellent, Martin was a great tutor and the day exceeded my expectations. I was amazed by how much we made during the day. I will be booking again.
This was my second fused glass workshop as I was hoping to build on the experiences gained in the first one and it didn't disappoint. A completely absorbing day, Martin is an excellent tutor and always sensitive to each individual's needs. The atmosphere was always relaxed and nonthreatening and everyone was encouraged to develop their ideas and Martin was quick to give further explanations and help when necessary.
I would thoroughly recommend this workshop to anyone whether they are familiar with glass work or not.
This is another of Martin's courses that my husband and myself have attended and yet again it has been amazing. We will be booking on other courses with Martin. We’ve already done two x 12 week courses and a Christmas fused glass course and we just can’t get enough of them.
Fabulous hobby to do together.
My husband bought this 1 day fused glass class for Christmas for my daughter Becky and myself. Both of us had a brilliant time and I would recommend it to anyone interested in trying something new as a hobby. We both had no past experience and were a little nervous to begin with. Martin put us both at ease. He had a brilliant way of teaching whilst at the same time allowing us to find our own individual style. The class sizes were just right and before we knew it we were chatting with others and enjoying sharing our ideas and achievements. The time flew by. Becky couldn’t wait to ask what we were going to try next. Thank you Martin. I will be in touch soon to arrange another visit.
If you're interested in starting out in stained glass I can really recommend the ten week course. The course itself is well structured with three separate projects (the third being your own design), the studio is modern and well equipped, and Martin is an excellent teacher. I loved it, and will be going back for more in the future.
I attended this course with my 16 year old daughter and we totally enjoyed it.
It had a lovely relaxed atmosphere but we learnt so much and are totally hooked!
I've signed up for another course and have lots of projects I can't wait to get on with, with the reassurance that I have expert help to hand when I get stuck.
All the students on our course ended up making very impressive, professional looking, final pieces.
I can highly recommend it!
I've really enjoyed this term's classes and have re-enrolled for next term. I've done stained glass courses in the past, but Martin has demonstrated better and different techniques from previous teachers, making me feel confident in my ability to produce the things I want to do. The workshop facilities are excellent. Highly recommended.
Such a lovely start to the week. The class is fun, energising, relaxing and satisfying. Martin gives just the right amount of help and advice and creates a safe atmosphere for each student to explore their own creative style using the carefully taught techniques. I look forward to starting the classes again in the new year and cannot recommend them highly enough.
This is my third year doing Martin's course. I did a large Tiffany piece earlier in the year and managed to damage about 20 of the glass pieces. So this term I have spent learning restoration skills and have thoroughly enjoyed it. My overall skills with stained glass have improved and I understand a lot more about the process. Both Martin and Kate are excellent teachers and very patient. I can't recommend them highly enough.
Lovely day at Martin’s fused glass workshop making Christmas decorations. I was given a gift voucher for a big birthday and spent a very productive day with friends. Great workshop, excellent tuition from Martin, coffee and cake, what more could you want. Highly recommend.