About the 5-day stained glass course
An immersive environment and supportive teaching will get your creative juicesflowing!

"Excellent teachers, helpful...I enjoyed my days, which flew by all too quickly " Cornwall course attendee

Make your own designs of follow the five-day course optional structure

Although we offer an optional structured programme for the week, students are invited to bring their own designs or work with us to develop a project that will challenge and stimulate.

We ask to see your designs in advance, so that we can discuss their size, complexity and transport consideratiions with you before the week begins. We also offer a 'design clinic' on the Sunday before the course begins in the studio.
We're always happy to tailor the course to the ambitions of each student!

For beginners or those looking to gain a wider experience of the key techniques, our week begins on Monday with an introduction to the two fundamental methods of constructing stained glass, and the history of each.
We'll cover why each method is used, and the physical constraints of each.

We'll also find out if any group members have previous glass experience - although none is required for this workshop.

After a safety briefing we begin looking at the tools and processes required for the foiling method.

Foiling - aka. the Tiffany method - Day one (for beginners)

For our first day , we'll be working on foiling projects for the beginners.
This helps to develop the accuracy of cutting and the control with the soldering iron that will allow you to work on all kinds of projects in the future.

After practising cutting, grinding, foiling and soldering, you'll select a design to work with and create a piece to take home.
Those with some experience may opt to go straight to this stage after the safety briefing.

Leading with cames - Day two (for beginners)

On day two students have the option to develop their skills with a larger, more complex foiling project, or work on a leaded piece - we have plenty of designs to choose from.

We'll look at how a leaded panel is built up, and begin working on a leading project.
Group members with some experience can bring their own design or adapt or create one
at this stage if they wish.

As leading is messy, we suggest group members bring scruffy clothes for this day,
although we do provide aprons for the week.

Day Three - options

On Wednesday, you may like to take some time out to visit St Ives and the Tate Gallery,
or the galleries in Newlyn, also nearby. Or you may choose to clear your lungs with a bracing walk along the cliff path - allow most of a morning for this.

You're free to come to the studio as and when you like during our workshop hours.
If enough group members are interested, we can spend some time on Wednesday looking at etching glass with etching cream.
Alternatively, we can run a garden panels session - again depending on interest.

Day Four - working on your project

On Thursday we'll continue working on more complex projects - from one of our designs, or a design you've brought with you.
This can be eitther a leaded or a foiled panel - it's up to you.
There's no fixed finishing time each day so if students want to put some extra time in on their projects they can.

Day Five - completing your project

You'll have plenty of time on Friday to complete your project work, and towards the end of the session we'll share some of the techniques of designing and mounting larger pieces.
We'll also give advice on transporting your pieces, mounting them and illuminating them.

Partners are welcome to call at the studio any time and Mike is always on hand to discuss matters of woodwork or metalwork!

Often students will find time to make extra pieces on Friday morning - we encourage you to explore your new-found skills and experiment - etching, our circle cutters, 3-dimensional designs, Christmas decorations - it's your choice.

On the conclusion of the class, all members are invited to join us for a drink in the Ship Inn to celebrate working so hard!

What to do next

If you have questions about the course content, the materials used or finding accommodation, get in touch and we'll try to help.

If you're ready to book your place, you can do so online using a credit or debit card.
Visit the Cornwall course main page - here.

We look forward to working with you in Porthleven!

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Cornwall 5-day workshop is suitable for beginners and those with stained glass experienceOur workshop is perfect for beginners and the more experienced

A stylish copper foil design being assembled by a 5-day workshop studentJenny building up a leaded mirror of her own design

A large stained glass window panel nearing completionCaroline (right) with her window project - day 5

A stained glass panel made by Val in CornwallVal with a sea-themed piece of her own design

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What attendees have said about our classes:

"A great opportunity to try many different ways of using glass! Very exciting if you like to create in a supportive and very knowledgeable environment. Great fun!"

"Inspired me with confidence & enthusiasm to continue working in stained glass. Will recommend to others."

"Brilliant! The course was as stretching as you wanted it to be."

"...good humour and encouragement enabled us all to produce our own pieces we were delighted to take home."

"You both made it a really interesting and stimulating experience..."

"I’m so chuffed with my pieces, which we got home safely...hope to see you again at another course!”