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Stained Glass Courses

Be inspired; gain confidence; discover your hidden abilities.

Learn the traditional skills of stained glass and make a stained glass panel in a friendly atmosphere with professional tuition by Tricia Christian, MA Glass.

Relax and enjoy the fun of learning a new skill or developing your techniques in stained glass. The three day course is designed to take you through the stages of making a stained glass panel which you will take home and admire for ever.

On the first day you will learn to cut glass and Tricia will work with you to agree a design for your panel. This may be based on your own idea or taken from the wide range of design ideas that Tricia can provide.

You can choose to work with leaded stained glass, the technique of which dates from the 12th century, and produce a panel suitable for fixing into a window, or you may prefer to work with copperfoil. This technique dates from the 19th century and it was Louis Comfort Tiffany who first devised this use of copper to attain finer designs than lead would allow. With the copperfoil technique you can produce panels for internal siting and can progress in future to make three-dimensional objects like boxes, lanterns, lampshades and terrariums.

Stained Glass Course participants

Having finalized your design you will learn about 'cartoons' and 'cut lines' and choose the coloured glass you wish to work with from the wide range of glass provided. You will then start to cut glass for your stained glass panel. On the second day you will continue to cut and trim glass for your stained glass panel and learn about working with lead or copperfoil and soldering.

Excitement builds on the third day when you progress to the final stages of making your stained glass panel and are able to polish and admire your finished piece.

It is recommended that your first stained glass panel is approximately 0.09 square metres (for example 300mm x 300mm or 450mm x 200mm or 400mm x 225mm etc) with no more than about 25-30 pieces to allow you to complete the work in the three days. However, your final design choice will depend on what you want to get from the course.

Terry soldering his Stained Glass Panel You will be able to relax in a friendly atmosphere and have a lot of one to one tuition from Tricia as there are never more than six people per group.

The stained glass courses are held in a converted dairy at Lower Boquio Farm - lunch is enjoyed in the farmhouse. Typical lunches for a three day course are, day one, home made soup and fresh home made bread. Day two, baked jacket potato with choice of topping and day three, fresh pasta salad. A selection of yoghurt and fresh fruit is also served. Special dietary requirements are no problem but we need advance notice please.

If you are travelling a distance to the course we can supply a list of local bed and breakfast establishments or local hotels. For those arriving by public transport we can, for a small charge, arrange to meet you at the nearest railway station ~ Redruth, or the nearest airport ~ Newquay. Please ask for details.

Stained Glass Course Fees

Fees for the course include personal tuition, all the glass and other materials you need to design, practice and make your stained glass panel (based on 0.09 square metres *), loan of all tools and equipment you will need, lunch and refreshments throughout the day. All you need is to wear stout shoes in the workshop and to bring an apron and rubber gloves.

Fees for the course are £225.00 per person for the three days.

* If you wish to make a larger stained glass panel for a specific aperture a pro rata charge will be made ~ please ask for an estimate.

Course booking information is available on the booking page.

Looking for an unusual gift? Our stylish personalized gift vouchers are redeemable against stained glass and blacksmithing courses.

Stained Glass Course Dates

As the stained glass courses are small and friendly we can offer some flexibility with dates so if you have a particular date when you would like to come on a course please contact us. Alternatively choose from the following dates:

7-9 February
24-26 March
16-18 April
22-24 May
18-20 June
21-23 July
13-15 August
22-24 September
16-18 October
15-17 November
6-8 December

The courses run from 0930 to 1700 each day, again these times can be varied to suit individual groups.

You may have a partner, friend or family member who would like to do the blacksmithing course while you do the stained glass course. Or they may wish to explore the many attractions Cornwall has to offer. Please contact us.

Stained Glass Course Testimonials

Thelma's  Stained Glass Panel
'Many thanks, Tricia, for your kind & patient, skillful tuition.'
John & Jennifer from London
'I'd like to say just how much I enjoyed the few days ~ thanks for introducing me to glass work.'
Bill from Brighton, Sussex
'The stay in the farmhouse was great - thanks for making me so welcome. I really appreciate your time and teaching on the stained glass course and love my panel.'
Mary from Northamptonshire
'It was the best course I have ever been on'
Barbara from Newquay, Cornwall

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