We are so very excited that we can invite all our lovely students and visitors back to Vitreus Art on Tuesday 16th June (subject to no changes from official guidance)!
We have certainly been missing you all very much, but our doors will be open again soon.
As with all businesses opening soon, Vitreus Art is following the most up to date guidelines to keep us all safe.
Both the gallery and the studio have been deep-cleaned with all surfaces, floors, tables and chairs cleaned and then wiped down with The Wharf Distillery Sanitizer (thanks Lawrence Connisbee!), which is made to the ‘WHO’ guidelines and is 80% alcohol.
Cleaning is a major priority for us and all tables and chairs and hard surfaces visitors could come in to contact with will be cleaned and sanitised between uses.
Our mutual health and safety is our priority so a few changes have been made and will remain in effect for as long as required:
· The Gallery and Studio now have their own doors.
· Studio entrance is for those attending classes only
· We ask that on entry to either the studio or the gallery you make use of the hand sanitizer and wear a mask (which are provided, if you don’t have your own)
· Class sizes going forward will be for 4 students only – this ensures the required 2 meter distance between work tables and room to move around the studio.
· We can accommodate 2 people in the gallery at a time – this allows for safe distancing; there is also a one way system that we ask you to follow.
If you’d prefer to visit out of hours we’ll be happy to make an appointment – to talk about a creative project you’d like to make, commissions, or to allow personal viewings of any of the work we have (and there’s lots of new work on the walls now!).
· As always we have hand-washing facilities available and more hand sanitizer on hand.
· We have always had a policy of each student having their own set of tools on our workshops, but it’s more important than ever that these tools are not shared between students – even if you want to be helpful.
Not sharing is the new helpful!
· Tea and coffee will still be provided for workshops, with washing up of mugs followed by sanitizing between each use.
· Finally, we will be unable to provide lunches during our workshops for a while so we must therefore ask that anyone attending our workshops brings a packed lunch with them.
· Finally, Finally if there is anything you think we have missed please feel free to tell us; these are new and strange times for us all and we all need to work with each other to make our world a safer place to be.
We’ll be operating different opening hours for the time being, starting on June 16th:
11am to 4pm – Tues, Wed & Thurs
11am to 6pm – Fri – Sat
11am to 4pm – Sunday
Or by appointment outside of these times.
Workshops will take place as per the times they are advertised, from July in our re-organized space.
As you can see, we’ve changed the layout of the studio and gallery to make space in the studio for classes, and layout out the gallery area to encourage distancing.
We understand that you might be reluctant to venture out on or shortly after the 15th June – so get in touch if you’ve seen something on our website or Facebook page and would like to test drive it at home rather than come to us.
When you are ready to come over, you’ll find new art and craft from Peter of WdWorks, Lou Thomas, Sam Burke, Linda Johns, Abby Cork, Marlene Snee, Ken Flegg and more.
There are lots of online mini-galleries to view on our website here:
And we’ve made lots of new pieces in lockdown too; these are just a few examples…
Hit this page to see all the new pieces we’ve made – there are loads!
Workshops resume (cautiously) in July
The good news is that we should be able to resume workshops in July.
This could change, of course, but the plan currently is:
The first workshops to start are the ones where spacing can be easily achieved without reducing the learning enjoyment and where no tools or materials need to be shared.
The full list of workshops due to take place in July is below but there are a few we’d like to highlight.
On Friday Clare Tebboth will be running her next Wild With Watercolours 1-day workshop.
As places must be limited for spacing, there’re just two places available on this session – open to all painters who want to develop their use of watercolours in imaginative ways.
On 4th July Clare is back again, to teach her one-day Introduction to Painting and Drawing for absolute beginners. Again, there are just a couple of places free on this one.
And then we have a pretty full month of workshops – most of which have one or two spaces remaining.
On each workshop the studio will be laid out for maximum space between work-spaces. Take a look at the photos of the studio to see how we’ve positioned the benches and teacher’s station.
It’s probably going to feel a bit strange for a while, but so many people have been asking about when classes can start again we felt this was a good time for an update!
As we said before, if you’ve booked a workshop and can’t attend, or prefer to join a session later in the year, just let us know. Just as some are itching to get back to being creative, some are understandably cautious.
So here’s the list of July workshops. As usual, there’s lots of info on the web page for each session.
If you want to discuss any potential concerns you have about how a workshop would run before booking, just reply to this email.
July classes with places –
- 3rd July – Wild With Watercolours with Clare Tebboth – £120 inc materials & lunch
- 4th July – One-day Introduction to Painting & Drawing for Beginnerswith Clare Tebboth – £110 inc lunch & materials
- 5th July – Glass Tack-Relief Fusing for Beginners with JT – £139 inc lunch & materials
- 11th – 12th July – 3d Copper Foiling Stained Glass Weekend course for Beginners with MC – £249 inc all materials & lunch
- 16th July – Glass Fusing Tealight Holders for Beginners with JT – £60 inc materials and refreshments (half-day workshop)
- 17th July – Fused Glass Lanterns for Beginners with JT – £149 inc all materials & lunch
- 19th July – Stained Glass Leading for Beginners with MC – £149 inc all materials & lunch
- 22nd July – Stained Glass Copper Foil Lanterns for Beginners with MC – £149 inc all materials & lunch
All workshops are here:
Finally, next time we’ll include details of the mini workshops we’ll be offering exclusively to everyone who’s agreed to move the date of a workshop as a result of CV as a thank-you.
And now it’s time to say thanks for reading, thanks for your support and do remember to support as many of the independent businesses around you as you can – they and we will be especially appreciative over the next few months!
Best wishes and stay safe,
Mike and Jenny
We do hope you’re getting the opportunity to enjoy at least a little of the sunshine that we are having at the moment.
We also hope that you are able to be creative in some way – we would love for you to share your creative endeavours with us via our Facebook page here:
Just before we had to furlough ourselves to our home studio I (Jenny) had started taking painting and drawing lessons for beginners with the lovely Emily Brady.
Thankfully, she was able to impart enough knowledge (there is only so much you can learn in 12 hours!) for me to practice at home so that’s what I have been doing.
Far from perfect (working my way there slowly) I have just finished this painting of a place that is very close to mine and Mike’s hearts and we are looking forward to heading there in October (all being well).
The elephant is still work in progress!
So come on, I’ve shown you mine, surely you can share yours with us too?
And now a request – if you have participated in any of our classes or workshops – be they taught by ourselves or one of our lovely tutors – or visited the gallery and liked what you found, would you be kind enough to leave a review on of the following please? Thank you!
You’ll be helping to continue to spread the word so we can carry on bringing you fun and creative workshops when the lockdown has ended.
Wow – we actually have some new pieces of art work to share with you on this occasion!
Some new fused glass pieces from me, some new garden panels, a lamp and some commissions completed by Mike, and some pieces not ready to show that we’ve both worked on together.
How many projects were tucked away waiting for the right time to finish? Lots!
Coral – Fused Glass by Jenny; Falling Water by Jenny; Mosaic Lamp by Mike; Commission by Mike
You will be pleased to know that Mike is keeping busy with plans for a new 3D lampshade workshop (because the devil makes plans for idle hands!).
Plans will be revealed once he has the programme in order; but something nice to look forward too.
There will also be new jewellery and glass fusing workshops anon…
Mike has also been busy getting more work purchasable online from the lovely artists who exhibit at the gallery.
The list is growing day by day and currently includes Lou Thomas, Marlene Snee, Clare Tebboth, Richard Ballantyne, Graham Lester, Niki Thomas, Lesley Passey, Brenda Stewart, Abby Cork, David Burton, Hilary Audus, Brian Kichenside and John Damsell.
The aim is to have work from most or all of the artists we work with fully online by early May.
See them here: https://www.vitreus-art.co.uk/wakefield-gallery.html
He did tell me to keep this bit of info ‘hush hush’ for now, but those of you who know me, know that I always do as I am told!! (Not).
And when you do get to venture out to us, you’ll notice the whole place looks different!
There’s new work from Marlene, Abby and Peter of WdWorks and a fresh new gallery layout.
We even waved a paint brush around!
Mike and I would like to thank you for your continued support, and we are sorry we can’t bring our workshops to you just at the moment – but hold tight they will be back soon.
And should you fancy trying your hand at any of our courses later in the year you can always book online in advance and get the date in the diary, giving you something to look forward to.
By way of a ‘thank you’, to all of you who have happily postponed your workshops with us to later in the year, we would like to arrange a small offer of thanks to you.
For all who have deferred your workshops (without a single request for a refund from anyone, which is fantastic) we would like to offer a free taster workshop to you later in the year.
Please keep an eye on your in-boxes – when things get back to some form of normality we will schedule these into the diary and send you your own personal invite to join us.
For now stay home, stay safe, stay well and most of all, keep being creative.
Jenny and Mike
Fancy trying your hand at stained glass?
Maybe you have a project in mind? Make windows for your home, glass sculpture for your garden, glass art for your walls?
Or perhaps the idea of learning a thousand-year-old craft appeals?
Well – read on – we run all sorts of stained glass classes (and more) for all levels from beginners up, and have a programme of project days to enable you to create your own projects without having to buy tools and find a suitable space to work!
Below is a summary of the stained glass classes we run; if you’re looking for something more specialised get in touch.
Stained Glass copper foil method
Suitable for – all levels including beginners, those who’ve tried leading, those who want to learn to cut glass accurately. This class can be held on a weekday if required.
What you will learn – glass cutting, using the grinder to achieve accurate fit, the ‘Tiffany’ method of SG, a little about the history of this method, bead soldering, some design basics.
This method is suitable for – highly decorative pieces, 3d designs (like lamps and boxes), indoor display, large pieces where supported by a board or frame.
The copper foil method of stained glass emerged in the Tiffany Studios of New York in the 1880s, and is sometimes called the ‘Tiffany Method’ even now.
Foiling is particularly suitable for domestic art as designs with many small sections of glass can be made without the constraints of the properties of the lead used in the traditional leading method.
On our copper foil class you’ll make a window hanging piece roughly A4 in size, plus a mini project in the morning to practice the key skills.
We provide a choice of 5 designs to make, ranging from a Victorian style panel to a Mondrian-inspired design, with art-deco, sunrise and Mackintosh-Rose designs too.
You’ll choose from a wide range of coloured glass and learn a little about how art glass is made too.
Stained Glass traditional leading
Suitable for all levels inc beginners, those who’ve tried foiling, those who want to learn how to make weatherproof panels – eg windows, doors, garden sculptures. This class can be held on a weekday if required.
What you will learn – glass cutting, using the grinder to achieve accurate fit, the traditional method of assembling a panel using lead cames, joint soldering, some of the history of traditional stained glass, some design basics.
This method is suitable for – larger panels, window or door panels that need to be weatherproof, designs that benefit from clean join lines of consistent width, where a traditional appearance is desired.
Using lead to join together pieces of glass to form a weatherproof window is a construction method that can be traced back to around 750AD in the UK.
On our leading class you’ll make a garden panel – a piece of glass art you can display in your garden (or indoors).
As with the foiling class, you’ll make a mini project in the morning; you’ll then have the rest of the day to make your main project. We provide 5 starter designs to choose from, and a range of coloured glass.
No two students’ projects are alike!
If your goal is to learn how to make a window for your home, this is the ideal starting point.
The leading method is still used to make windows today, and is also the preferred choice for larger pieces where the strength limitations of foiling would be a problem.
When making a window, there are considerations concerning panel fit, strength and weatherproofing that are key to a successful and long-lasting installation; we suggest getting some further experience in leading before committing to a window. Of course we’ll be happy to help with this; in fact, this is what our Leading Level 2 class is intended to support – see below.
Stained Glass mirror making (using copper foil method)
Suitable for all levels inc beginners, those who’ve tried foiling and want to develop their skills, those who want to make art with a function.
This class can be held on a weekday if required.
What you will learn – glass cutting, using the grinder to achieve accurate fit, the ‘Tiffany’ method of SG, using silvered glass in stained glass, a little about the history of this method, bead soldering, some design basics
This method is suitable for – mirrors of sizes up to a practical maximum of 75cms on the longest side, indoor mirror designs, incorporating mirrored glass as components in to decorative stained glass designs
This class (although also suitable for beginners) goes beyond basic foiling and introduces a number of new techniques. The outcome is a practical mirror that can be displayed and used!
The structure of this class includes additional steps specific to mirrors, and covers the use of patina too.
There’s more to learn for students who’ve already tried foiling so we recommend this class as a fun and interesting level two class for those keen to develop their foiling skills beyond the basics.
Stained Glass lamp making (using copper foil method)
Suitable for- Suitable for all levels inc beginners, those who’ve tried foiling and want to learn how to make 3d objects, those who want to make art with a function.
What you will learn – glass cutting, using the grinder to achieve accurate fit, the ‘Tiffany’ method of SG, how to assemble and solder 3d objects using jigs, using patina to enhance your lamp, fitting lamp hardware in to a finished lamp.
This method is suitable for – column lamps (as made on this workshop), ‘Tiffany-style’ lampshades, fan-style lamp shades, tea-light and candle-holders, terraria and decorative glass boxes.
This class develops on the foiling basics covered on our 1-day beginner’s class with more challenging designs, and the added learning opportunities associated with building a 3d object in glass.
Students who’ve done some foiling will benefit from the greater emphasis on cutting accuracy and an introduction to the methods used to solder glass sections in to 3d objects.
The outcome of the weekend will be a stylish stained glass column lamp – a style that’s very much in vogue these days, and one that suits most interior decoration styles!
Stained Glass etching
Suitable for – those who made some copper foil or leaded projects and want to learn how to add etched details.
This class can be held on a weekday if required.
What you will learn – using etch resist and scalpel to prepare glass for etching, handling, preparing and using etching cream.
This method is suitable for – etched glass can be incorporated in to foiled or leaded projects, and is suitable for outdoor use in leaded projects.
Perhaps you’ve seen glass with an attractive frosted design?
Or maybe you’d like to add delicate details (especially numbers and letters) to your glass-work?
Etching is a studio-friendly way to achieve this look without the need for a sandblasting set-up with chamber and air compressor.
The chemicals needed are safe to handle if used as specified, and suitable for home experimentation.
This class requires some experience of stained glass work, as the majority of the class time is spent on designing the etched components.
As etching is equally suitable for leaded and copper foil projects this added technique will appeal to all glass experimenters – and it can also be used on fused glass (after fusing).
Stained Glass design workshop
Suitable for – those who’ve attended beginners classes in leading or foiling and want to create their own designs; beginners are recommended to attend at least one beginner’s class before joining this session.
What you will learn – the design rules for working with glass, how to translate a sketch or photograph in to a workable stained glass design, cutting difficult shapes in glass.
This method is suitable for – your new design skills can be applied to all sorts of stained glass projects, including both foiling and leading.
This class requires some experience of stained glass work, as the majority of the class time is spent understanding design principles and the constraints working with glass brings.
If you’d like to use what you’ve learnt on this class and make a stained glass panel of your own design, our Project Days programme may be the best way to develop your skills further.
Stained Glass Leading Level 2
Suitable for – those who’ve done leaded stained glass before or who have attended our beginner’s leading class (aka garden panels).
Beginners are recommended to attend our 1-day beginner’s class before joining this session.
This class can be held on a weekday if required.
What you will learn – cutting glass more accurately than is expected on a beginner’s class, cutting and shaping leads to higher standards of precision, cutting and leading to pre-set dimensions.
This method is suitable for – – larger panels, window or door panels that need to be weatherproof, designs that benefit from clean join lines of consistent width, where a traditional appearance is desired.
This class is all about developing existing leading and glass cutting skills. If you’d like to make your own windows, this class is especially valuable as the structure revolves around building your panel according to the design.
On our beginner’s class we don’t expect your panel to exactly match the design; on this class you’ll build up your panel on top of the design, in the same way you would if you were making a size-critical panel.
This class is intended to give you the confidence to tackle your own projects, and to work independently towards a finished panel of your own design.
Beyond this level 2 class, you can use our Project Days Programme to work on your own stained glass pieces, or join one of our 5-day courses.
Stained Glass Project Days Programme (also available for glass fusers!)
Suitable for – those who’ve done some stained glass work before, in the method to be used for the project.
Beginners with a project in mind are advised to discuss their plans with us to identify the best way to proceed.
These project days are intended to help you achieve your project plans in a supportive environment, using our tools and facilities.
What you make is up to you – but we recommend sharing your plans so we can help you get the best use of your time and materials.
You’re welcome to bring your own materials or you can use ours, charged at cost at the end of your project.
Project days are bookable in advance and usually take place on weekdays although weekend sessions are possible if there are no formal classes taking place on your chosen days.
You can pay for your sessions at the end of the day(s) when we’ll work out the cost of any materials you’ve used too.
Project sessions are ideal for those who are confident in working independently; of course we’d never allow you to struggle and are always on hand for a reminder or gentle encouragement!
Recent projects have included – glass garden sculptures, large windows, garden panels, wall art, fused glass art, slumped glass dishes and more. What would you like to make?
For glass fusers, the cost of each project day includes one firing in the kiln. Additional firings are charged at a nominal cost.
Because of the need to schedule kiln use we invite you to plan your fusing project some time in advance!
Stained Glass 5-day courses in Cornwall or Northamptonshire
Suitable for – absolute beginners, those who’ve done some (or a lot of) glass work before, anyone with a stained glass project to make who needs a fully tutored course.
The structure of these 5-day courses is tailored entirely to the needs of the students. If you’d like to start at the beginning and follow a class plan, that’s fine.
If you’ve done some glass work before and you’d like to develop your skills through a series of planned exercises, that’s also fine.
Or if you’d like to work on your own project (or more than one project) that’s equally possible.
The course in Cornwall is like an art holiday – Porthleven is a great place to stay and an ideal location for our course – the Lifeboat Studio is an atmospheric venue with plenty of space and light. The harbour village has a range of pubs and restaurants and a choice of accommodation to suit most budgets.
Past attendees on our Porthleven courses have made windows, garden sculptures, all sorts of lamps and lampshades, decorative art, 3d glass objects, large wall art and much more. We’ll discuss your plans with you in advance to make sure they’re achievable (and transportable!) and all attendees are eligible for our ongoing support and advice so the course really is a launchpad for the prospective stained glass artist!
Our 5-day course in Northampton follows a similar concept, with the addition of the option to try glass fusing with the kiln in our studio.
The group size is smaller but we still aim to have fun as well as creative!
Both 5-day courses (and all our 1-day classes) have their own website pages; if you have any questions get in touch!
Thanks for reading – feel free to get in touch, or learn more about each cvlass on its dedicated website page.
Mike (and Jenny) – Vitreus Art