Great tuition of the basics and then very flexible in what we actually made. Think everyone making the same first piece was really good because it got us all up to speed with basic skills quickly and being able to make something more individual later meant I came home with something I really wanted.

Comprehensive day with process explained & taught. Relaxed atmosphere & friendly.

Samantha Yates

Samantha Yates is a stained glass artist based in Shipley, West Yorkshire. She uses the psuedonym Lil’ Rabbitfoot. Her Botanical pieces are rich in individual character, both naive and fun, revealing her appreciation of the natural environment, the simple beauty of nature and the happiness it can bring.

She works with both copperfoil and traditional lead techniques to playfully explore the limitations of her materials and techniques, presenting glass to the light through different botanical forms, patterns and structures.

Samantha has a unique background in Environmental Science, the Waste Management Industry and 12 years teaching Horticulture. A sustainable approach to her practice is reflected in her holistic choices of materials, resources and working methods.

Sandra Snaddon

Sandra is a Fellow of the Guild of Glass Engravers and lives locally in North Yorkshire. She has been engraving for over 30 years, learning her craft from some internationally renowned glass engravers.

Sandra has been the Chair of the Guild of Glass Engravers and Secretary of the Northern Branch of the Guild.

Her engraving technique involves the use of a micro motor electric drill with diamond and stone burrs, which gives the smooth effect that she prefers for her engraving. Her preferred style of engraving is ‘intaglio’, which gives a deep 3D effect to the engraving.
She mainly produces pieces of work for exhibitions and private commissions. Her own preferred themes are architecture, the human form and animals. Many of her pieces contain an element of humour, in order to make the finished article light hearted.

Her work can be found in museums and private houses throughout the UK and the USA.

You do such a grand job – perfect location and set up, always welcoming, inspiring tutors and great food such a great day out thank you Gaynor, Sue and Vanessa

Julie Hand

Julie is a self-taught artist who has been working in mosaics for over 30 years. She came to mosaics following extensive work in textile arts as embroidery, knitting and quiltmaking and part of what she loves is the challenge of transferring from soft textile to such solid unyielding substance. She experiments with colour, texture and form, creating images that are inspired by memories, experiences and emotions.

Her own work work is created from stained glass which provides depths, tones and hidden secrets of colour and texture. These along with, dichroic glass, handmade beads, cabochons, millifiori, vintage jewellery, fossils, and other ephemera as media, enable her aim of the transference of an inorganic rigid substance into a resonating, emotive and living piece of art.

Jackie the tutor was always encouraging and I thoroughly enjoyed the challenge. It was a lovely friendly group and atmosphere and we all produced some excellent glass panels.

I have just opened a ArtisOn newsletter to find my stained glass panel on it – wow! …. I had a fantastic 2 days, the company, tutor, facilities and food are first class. You have achieved so much in such a short time, you should be very proud. Please can you put me on the waiting list for the next 2 day stained glass course, I would really like to make another panel to go along side this one. Thanks again”

Jackie was very good at explaining. I had a brilliant time and fab food!

Jackie is an excellent motivator when the going gets tough. The course was long enough to be challenging and for difficulties to be overcome. A triumph!