Stained glass – working with colour and light with Sasha Ward


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About this course

Learn all the 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. Once you have learnt how to cut glass safely, you will be encouraged to experiment, learning how different colours and glass types work together as you explore the materials. Glass painting and sandblasting will be integrated into the process from the first evening, so that your composition will be unique and perhaps unexpected. There will be numerous examples of historical windows provided to help you understand how to put your glass pieces together in a composition or a design for the medium of stained glass.

You will make one or several stained glass panels to your own design, using some or all of the skills that have been demonstrated, depending on preferences and 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 using a sample panel. Throughout the course, there will be demonstrations of techniques as the various stages are underway. You will work at your own pace, spending more or less time on 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 you 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, moving from scrap glass to coloured and textured glass types.

Afternoon: Demonstration of painting and sandblasting techniques. Practise these techniques on glass pieces.

Evening: Fire glass pieces in the kiln.

Day 2:

Morning: Demonstration of leading, soldering and cementing techniques. Opportunity to make your own practice panel and put all the techniques together. Design discussions – decide on the composition of your own panel.

Afternoon: Choose coloured glass, painting and sandblasting.

Evening: Fire glass pieces in the kiln.

Day 3:

Morning: Finalise design of stained glass panel. Finish choosing and cutting glass.

Afternoon: Start leading or continue with painting and firing.

Evening. Fire glass pieces in small kilns.

Day 4:

Morning: Review of painted and sandblasted glass pieces produced. Continue leading panels.

Afternoon: Final opportunity to use painting and sandblasting techniques.

Evening: Final firing of glass pieces in the small kilns.

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 until 9pm, 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

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

Available to buy

  • Available from shop:
  • Sketchbooks, paintbrushes and general 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 £75 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. Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear i.e. no open-toed shoes or sandals.


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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