5-day stained glass course - October 2019 in Cornwall
A thorough grounding in stained glass. Boost your creativity in an inspiring setting.

"Inspirational...don't think about coming...just do it! " Cornwall course attendee

The five-day course

Join experienced stained glass artists Jenny Timms & Mike Caddy for this 5-day creative holiday course in historic Porthleven. To receive updates on dates for 2019 you can join our newsletter subscription; you will also receive advanced details of all our other forthcoming courses.

Ideal for beginners or those with some glasswork experience, the class begins with tuition using simple designs to gain the key skills - glass cutting, grinding, copper foiling, leading, soldering and, later, etching.

As your confidence builds, you’ll work on more challenging designs, or design a larger panel yourself - with guidance and encouragement throughout.

Whether you want to try leading, foiling, or both, or have a larger project in mind, you’ll find our course a fun and supportive environment in which to be creative.

Our courses take place in a converted lifeboat house with the unmistakable presence
of the sea all around - so there’ll be plenty of inspiration to draw on!
There's lots of space and light, and a huge variety of glass to work with, for your own designs or some of ours.

The class fee of £600 per student includes:

  • All materials and glass for the week
  • Use of pro-quality tools and protective clothing
  • Design your own projects or work on our designs
  • Design advice in advance of the class on your projects
  • Teaching tailored to your experience, learning style and aspirations
  • 2 tutors, maximum class size 10
  • Stained glass garden-panel sessions, mirror making and etching workshops
  • Refreshments during the day plus fish 'n' chip lunch on Friday
  • Comprehensive info pack to keep with information on getting started
  • All your pieces to take home

About Porthleven

Situated near The Lizard, and less than 20 miles from St Ives, Porthleven is a great place to stay.
Course guests can take an optional half or whole day visit to St Michael’s Mount, The Tate Gallery or blow away the cobwebs with a breathtaking walk along the cliffs.

In the evenings, there is a good selection of pubs and restaurants to suit all tastes and budgets.
We’ve negotiated a discount with a local holiday-cottage company offering a wide range of high-quality self-catering accommodation; there are several B&Bs and a local guest house near the harbour too.

Non-artist partners will find plenty to do as well, with boating and fishing, golf, rugged coastal scenery and indoor diversions available. One partner of a student said it was the best holiday he'd had for years!

Click here for more info about the course and what you'll learn.

Click here for info about the area, accommodation in Porthleven, and travel info.

Dates available - October 2019

Dates for the next course, in 2019, will be released approximately 12 months in advance.

You might be interested in our 5-day course held at our studio in Northamptonshire in June - details here.

The class runs from Sunday 2pm to Friday 2pm witha valedictory drink in The Ship Inn after the course concludes on Friday.

If you'd like to know more about the course or the materials we use email us or call us..
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Our cancellation policy is:

  • More than 3 months before the class date: 90% refund of money paid (10% covers re-advertising the vacancy)
  • Up to 2 months before the class date: 75% refund of money paid
  • Less than 2 months before the class date: refund not possible if a replacement booking can’t be found; if successful we will refund 75% of the class fee
  • If we are forced to change the date or venue of the course, we will try and reach an agreement with you for different dates or venue
  • If this is not possible, you are entitled to a full refund of the class fee paid

We recommend you take out travel / holiday insurance to guard against unforeseen circumstances.


What attendees have said about our classes:

"Jenny and Mike's enthusiasm is very infectious. An inspirational course in an inspiring setting"

"Excellent - fast pace progressing towards an array of impressive work! Venue very good."

“...thoroughly recommend their classes, would come again.. "

"Brilliant experience. Teaching very sensitive to needs of individual students ."

"Thanks so much for a brilliant week. Really enjoyed it."

"Would love to attend again!"

"Loads of fun. Lots of ideas and very productive. Thanks for everything."


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Cornwall 5-day stained glass course students5-day course students - day 3A leaded stained glass panel made on the Vitreus Art 5 day course in CornwallSarah and her leaded glass panel with 3d foiled details Su and her stained glass lampshade made during the Vitreus Art 5 day course
Su putting the finishing touches to her foiled lamp shade during our course

Sam and her leaded wall sculpture stained glass artStained glass art made by Sam on the Vitreus Art 5 day course in Porthleven, Cornwall
Sam and two 'wall sculpture' panels made during the week

A finished piece made by a Cornwall stained glass course studentOne of several pieces made by Joan on the course, in a fine Frank Lloyd-Wright style!!

Nana with a self-designed panel - one of 3 projects completed