Stained glass – working with colour and light with Sasha Ward

Ref: S5D10259

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About this course

Learn the technical skills and use the beauty of coloured glass to design and make a stained glass panel to your own unique design.

Course Description

This course teaches you the basic skills of stained glass and demonstrates how to use colour and light during the process. There will be an emphasis on how to design for stained glass, how to choose colours and how to master the traditional techniques. You will look at examples in stained glass books and in the windows of West Dean House.

Everyone will make one or a number of stained glass panels to their own design, using some or all of the skills that have been demonstrated, depending on preferences and the time available.

Materials and techniques covered:

Designing for the medium of stained glass.

Glass cutting.

Sandblasting, painting with traditional glass paints, firing glass.

Leading, soldering, cementing and cleaning up the finished panel.

Each stage in the process of making a stained glass panel will be explained to the whole group on a sample panel. Throughout the course, there will be demonstrations of techniques as the various stages are underway. The tutor expects everyone to work at their own pace, spending more or less time on either cutting and leading, or glass painting and sandblasting as preferred. Experimentation with design ideas and innovative techniques will be encouraged. You are welcome to bring ideas for projects with you although an experimental, playful approach works best if students come without fixed ideas. If your idea is for a panel that exceeds 400 mm in either direction, please could you make the tutor aware of this in advance, as it will not fit on the leading boards available.

Day 1:

Morning: Demonstration of glass cutting techniques

Learn how to cut glass, then work on individual design ideas.

Afternoon: Practise glass cutting using scrap glass

Demonstration of painting and sandblasting techniques

Practise these techniques on scrap glass pieces

Evening: Fire practice glass pieces in the kiln.

Day 2:

Morning: Produce artwork for your design. Choose coloured glass.

Afternoon: Cut glass pieces. Painting and sandblasting

Demonstration of leading techniques

Opportunity to start leading own panels

Evening: Fire glass pieces in the kiln.

Day 3: Morning: Finish choosing and cutting glass

Afternoon: Continue painting and sandblasting

Demonstration of soldering and cementing

Evening: Firing of glass pieces in the kiln.

Day 4: Morning: Continue leading panels.

Review of painted and sandblasted glass pieces produced.

Afternoon: Final opportunity to use painting and sandblasting techniques

Evening: Final firing of glass pieces in the kiln.

Day 5: Morning: Finish leading panels.

Solder panels and fill with cement

Afternoon: Clean cement off panels and photograph.


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.

Daily timetable

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.

Last day

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)

Course Materials

What students need to bring

  • Own sketch books, favourite stained glass pictures, (watercolour) paint brushes, old nail brush, any scrap glass (e.g. old greenhouse glass) is useful for practise cutting. Apron, rubber gloves, packing materials for completed panel.
  • Covered footwear (essential).

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Drawing and painting materials
  • Available from tutor:
  • On this course, the tutor will supply all of the materials, including coloured glass, lead, solder, glass paints and stained glass cement. The cost should not be more than £70 per student.
Please Note: If you are pregnant, you should consult your GP before enrolling on this course, as working with lead and solder can be harmful to the developing baby.


Sasha Ward

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.


Residential option available. Find out accommodation costs and how to book here.

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