Glass art courses and classes
Please note that we’ve had to suspend all of our courses for the duration of the latest Covid-19 lock-down. We’ll restart them as soon as we’re allowed but it might be necessary, when we first restart, to restrict classes to four people in order to allow a 2m space around each person for social distancing purposes.
Your health is very important to us; thanks for your understanding.
Not sure which course to go for or what the difference is between copper foiled and leaded stained glass? Read on…
For each of our whole day and multi day courses we provide all of your raw materials, refreshments and a light lunch each day as well as a fully equipped studio with all of the tools that you’re likely to need.
Glass fusing involves creating a design in glass and then heating the glass to around 800ºC to join the pieces together. (Don’t worry, you won’t need to go near the kiln once it’s hot.) The hotter the kiln gets, the smoother the finish; at lower temperatures you can make things with texture.
Glass fusing is great for 3D items such as dishes and stand-up glass panels as well as jewellery, coasters, suncatchers, bespoke wall tiles, splashbacks and more.
You don’t have to be able to cut glass accurately, so it’s great for beginners. Also, as no lead is involved, a fused glass course is safe for expectant mums-to-be and under 18’s.
You can make fused glass art to be proud of in as little as a day, so we run one day taster courses as well as longer courses.
Glass appliqué is like mosaic, but it uses pieces of colourful glass on a plain glass background, so that the light and colour can shine through your finished piece.
Your pieces of glass can be whatever shape you like; they don’t all have to be the same. Again they don’t need to fit accurately together, as the spaces between them can be filled with grout. This makes glass appliqué courses ideal for complete beginners and people who lack strength in their hands.
It’s also another technique that’s lead free and thus suitable for under 18s and pregnant ladies.
On a taster day you can expect to make a panel of around A5 size or a simple candle holder. On a course of two days or more, you can make something larger & / or more complex, with more pieces of glass.
For a list of our upcoming glass appliqué courses click here.
Leaded Stained Glass
Leaded stained glass is the form traditionally used in old houses and churches in the UK. The lead came (channel) is H shaped in cross section; you cut your glass to slot into the top and bottom parts of the lead and solder the junctions in the lead came to fix everything in place.
If you’ve never cut glass before, don’t worry; we’ll start by getting you cutting with confidence before teaching you to create your own design firstly on paper and then in glass. In two days a beginner can expect to make a panel of around A4 size with ten pieces; if you have prior experience, you’ll probably have time to do something more complex.
We encourage clients to use slim and elegant lead to make a panel that you’ll be proud to show to your friends. (We can provide wider lead if you prefer.) While it’s quicker to do something just with straight lines and with wide lead, we like to take the time to teach you good techniques for a nicer end result. Thus our shortest stained glass course is two days (or six 3 hour weekly sessions).
Copper foiled or Tiffany stained glass
Copper foiled or Tiffany stained glass is often associated with Tiffany lamps- intricate glass lamps made from hundreds of small pieces of colourful glass. It’s also popular in the USA for windows; it was developed there in the late 1800s by Louis Comfort Tiffany, a pioneer in the Arts and Crafts movement.
On a short course, copper foiled stained glass lends itself to suncatchers, stained glass panels, decorated mirrors and 3D items such as trinket boxes, candle holders, desk tidies etc. A beginner can expect to make a panel or suncatcher of around ten pieces on a two day course, starting by learning both to cut glass and to create your unique design. Clients with previous experience can progress to more complex designs & 3D pieces.
Follow the links for more details of our copper foiled stained glass courses and weekly classes.
Retreats are an opportunity to escape from the hustle and bustle of life and spend some quality time unwinding, relaxing in lovely surroundings and perhaps trying something new.
We run two kinds of retreats- retreats for people who just want to get away from it all, and Christian retreats for people who want to spend a bit of quality time with God and make something beautiful while they’re at it.
Sometimes we also run retreats at retreat centres in the southern half of the UK; these usually offer the option of full board accommodation. Some even have heated swimming pools!
Studio & Kiln Hire
We offer kiln hire subject to availability (i.e. if the kilns aren’t both full of other people’s creations already!).
We have fusing, slumping, draping and casting schedules for Bullseye glass which are optimised for each of our kilns. You are welcome to use these or we can programme a kiln to your requirements.
In our Kilncare FK3S, our standard shelf measures 80 x 40cm and a fuse or slump programme with an anneal for glass up to 9mm thick costs £25. If you’d like both a fuse and a slump, the cost for the two is £30. For thicker glass and longer fuse times or for casting, please ring us or drop us a line for a quote.
In our Kilncare Elite Fuser we have two shelves, one 72 x 43cm and the other 72 x 49cm. You can use one or both. If you’re fusing something large across both shelves (e.g. a splashback), you may like to bring a large piece of ceramic fibre to cover both shelves, so that the join in the shelves doesn’t show on your fused work.
A fuse or slump with an appropriate anneal for glass up to 9mm thick costs £40 in our Elite Fuser. Again a slump can be added to a fuse for just an extra £5 – a bargain!
For longer firing or fusing schedules, prices will be calculated according to the kiln time and electricity required. Please ask for a quote.
Whichever kiln you’re hiring, if you’re firing anything with silver or copper metal, you’ll need to use either a bisc tile or our dedicated silver shelf to prevent contamination of our large kiln shelves. Alternatively you can bring your own shelf! Any damage caused to our other kiln shelves will have to be paid for by the hirer. If in doubt, please ask!
You’re welcome to bring your own Thinfire or Papyrus paper to prevent your glass from sticking to our shelves. Alternatively we can usually sell Thinfire to you for use in our kilns.
The small print:
As already mentioned, you may either bring your own Thinfire or Papyros or buy Thinfire from us. Alternatively you can bring your own shelf!
If using silver stain, we have a dedicated 31 x 31cm shelf available; glass painted with silver stain may not be used on our large shelf. (Damage to the shelf will have to be charged for.)
We have firing schedules for tack fusing (contour fusing), intermediate fusing and full fusing Bullseye glass as well as casting and firing Reusche glass paint (tracing black & brown). You’re welcome to use these or vary them at your own risk. (We don’t have schedules for System 96, as we don’t use it.)
Because of the lead in the solder as well as the lead came used in leaded stained glass, neither kind of stained glass course is suitable for pregnant ladies or under 18s. Sorry, but please do come for a glass appliqué or fused glass course instead.