Immerse yourself in stained glass as you develop your skills and
creativity on a personal project. As well as learning all the
techniques needed to make a stained glass panel or window, you will
be able to explore the use of decorative sandblasting in your work,
using the grounds and buildings of West Dean as inspiration.
The aim of the course is to provide a comprehensive introduction to the craft of stained glass for beginners; for those with more experience it is an opportunity to consolidate skills, learn new techniques and work on your own projects in a supported environment.
The objective of this course is that you will have completed at least one piece of stained glass by the end of the course; this could be a panel or a site-specific window. Beginners will be taught all the techniques required to design and make a non-representational stained glass panel.
As well as learning the traditional techniques used to make stained glass, you will be taught how to use sandblasting as a means of decorating some of the glass you use. We will investigate the use of different resists on clear glass to explore the effects available as we produce a series of test pieces. You will learn how to sandblast to a frosted finish, create a 3D effect, 'carve' with the sandblaster and use flashed glass to create a two-colour finish.
You will be encouraged to use the grounds and buildings of West Dean as inspiration for your work; particularly for the decorative sandblasting.
A structured start is followed with guided independent practice. Group demonstrations will be given when appropriate on specific processes. Individual tuition and advice is given throughout the course. By the end of the course, you should be confident in your ability to design and make a stained glass panel.
Handouts will be provided on all aspects of the processes involved, health and safety requirements and suppliers of the materials used should you wish to continue making stained glass after the course.
Please note: if you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you should consult your GP before enrolling on this course, as working with lead and solder can be harmful to the developing baby.
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)
Please note: You must not wear open shoes or have bare legs (even if the weather is warm) in the workshop. Long hair must be tied back. If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you should consult your GP before enrolling on this course, as working with lead and solder can be harmful to the developing baby.
Please reply to the questions below and return to: email@example.com at least six weeks before the start of the course. Having some background information will help the tutor to plan the course so that you get the most from it.
1. Do you have any previous experience of glass making? For example, previous stained glass, copperfoiling or fused glass courses.
2. What other crafts/art do you practise/enjoy?
3. Is there is anything you particularly want to learn or make on this course? If you have an idea in mind, please can you send a quick sketch with rough dimensions.
4. If you have any particular concerns or worries about the course, please let me know.
5. If you have any health issues which you think may have an impact, this is useful to know and will, of course, be kept in confidence.