Learn the basic skills of stained glass and how to use colour and light during the process. You will learn how to cut glass safely and be encouraged to experiment with different colours and glass types and how these work together. 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 a number of stained glass panels of your design, using some or all of the skills demonstrated, depending on preferences and time available.
Materials and techniques covered:
Designing for the medium of stained glass
Sandblasting, painting with traditional glass paints and 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 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.
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.
Morning: Demonstration of leading, soldering and cementing techniques. You will have an opportunity to make your practice panel and put all the techniques together. Design discussions to decide on the composition for your panel.
Afternoon: Choose coloured glass, painting and sandblasting.
Evening: Fire glass pieces in the kiln.
Morning: Finalise the design of your stained glass panel. Finish choosing and cutting glass.
Afternoon: Start leading or continue with painting and firing.
Evening: Fire glass pieces in small kilns.
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
Morning: Finish leading panels. Solder panels and fill with cement.
Afternoon: Clean cement off panels and photograph.
Part of Materials Week
Our February themed week of short courses for 2023 focuses on GLASS, led by talented artist-tutors Emma Biggs (mosaic), Freya Pocklington (self-portrait drawing), Jessica Turrell (enamelling), Sasha Ward (stained glass), Richard Walker (glass gilding).
Each course explores a different quality of this versatile material, which is integral to our lives in so many ways; its ability to transmit light and colour, create unique and patterned surfaces, or reflect our own image.
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 until 9pm, 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.
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