Why not take up a new creative hobby with our stained glass evening classes?

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Now that the long evenings are with us, what better to do than to take up a new hobby & join our weekly stained glass evening classes? Based in Chilham, Kent, in between Ashford, Canterbury and Faversham and with free on-site parking, we offer a well equipped studio and a friendly small class.


Flexible classes

You can book as many or as few stained glass evening classes as you like, subject to a minimum of 6 sessions. A block of six costs £180, but if you book a block of ten, you get an eleventh session free!
The advantage over traditional evening classes is that you don’t have to pay for weeks when you can’t come, provided that you give a week’s notice. So holidays aren’t a problem, nor the odd occasion when you have to stay home to look after little ones.
You can also choose whether to just come for long enough to complete a certain project (e.g. a window for your door) or whether to keep coming indefinitely. There are no set term times, so you can start whenever there’s a space in the class. E-mail us on enquiries@creativeretreatsandholidays.co.uk or ring us on (01227) 730598 to check for spaces.


What to make?

That’s up to you! On Wednesday evenings from 6.45pm to 9.45pm our stained glass evening classes offer traditional leaded stained glass, “Tiffany” copper foiled stained glass and glass appliqué (stained glass mosaic).
Some people like to make small things such as glass suncatchers, glass art for their garden and gifts for family and friends. Other people are more ambitious and make windows for their homes or upcycle old stained glass into new things for their home. The choice is yours. We would recommend that you make something smallish before starting work on an east window for your parish church though 😉


Never cut glass before?

Not a problem! We’ll start by teaching you to cut with confidence, using greenhouse glass to begin with as it’s easy to cut and cheap too! You’ll quickly learn to cut straight lines, curves and trickier shapes & you’ll learn how to create your own designs. We can then teach you the techniques used to make lead lights and copper lights, depending which style you prefer. Glass appliqué is the easiest technique, as the pieces of glass don’t need to fit together. This is a great style of glass art for people with weak hands and for anyone who’s amassed a lot of small leftover pieces of coloured glass over the years that they want to make good use of.


Expecting a baby or under 18?

Because people on this class will be using lead & solder, it’s not suitable for under 18s and / or expectant mums-to-be. Why not come to our Tuesday evening glass fusing classes instead? (Men, over 18s and not-pregnant people are welcome too by the way!!) As an added bonus, members of our regular weekly glass fusing course get a discount from the lovely people at Glass Studio Supplies in Essex.


Looking for a daytime glass class?

We also run stained glass courses in the daytime on Wednesdays, from 11am to 2pm and glass fusing courses on Tuesdays, also from 11am to 2pm. E-mail us on enquiries@creativeretreatsandholidays.co.uk or ring us on (01227) 730598 to check if there’s a space available. (We currently have a short waiting list for the daytime glass fusing class.