On this course you will be guided through the stages of making a leaded stained glass panel to a design of your choosing. Selecting from a range of coloured glass sheets and interesting offcuts, you will be shown how to cut glass accurately and how the different colours and textures work together. Then you learn how to draw out a simple, effective design for a panel of approximately 42 x 30 cms. (A3 size). You will be shown how to sandblast and how to paint, stain and fire some of the glass pieces to add subtlety to your panel. On the second day you will learn how to handle the lead that holds the panel together, and on the last day you will complete the leading on the panel followed by soldering and cementing.
The tutor will give a demonstration of each process at the start of the relevant session, followed by supervised practice. You can spend more time on an activity that particularly interests you, for example sandblasting or painting or you can skip this stage altogether.
By the end of the course you will have made a stained glass panel that is unique to you in its choice of colour, pattern or detailed design work. You will have an understanding of all the processes used in traditional stained glass work, and will most likely have identified your own favourite stage which you will want to continue to develop.
Arrival Day - this is the first date listed above
Courses start early evening. Residential students to arrive from 4pm, non-residential students to arrive by 6.45pm.
6.45pm: Welcome, followed by dinner (included).
8 - 9pm: First teaching session, attendance is essential.
Classes 9.15 - 5pm, lunch is included.
From 6.30pm: Dinner (included for residential students).
Evening working - students may have access to workshops, but only with their tutor's permission and provided any health and safety guidelines are observed.
Classes 9.15am - 3pm, lunch is included.
Residential students are to vacate their rooms by 10am please.
(This timetable is for courses of more than one day in length. The tutor may make slight variations)
Sasha Ward has worked in architectural glass for thirty years. She trained in stained glass at The Central School, London, then studied Fine Art at Trent Polytechnic, followed by an MA in glass from the RCA. She has her own studio in Wiltshire but also works with manufacturers to produce large scale work for public buildings using a variety of materials and techniques. Her work can be seen in over seventy public buildings throughout the UK.