Using light and colour to depict images and stories, stained glass has illuminated our lives for centuries. This two day workshop will enable you to create your own stained glass panel roughly the size of a sheet of A4 paper, using traditional methods.
– Learn how to choose the right types of glass
– Create a workable design in stained glass
– Learn how to make templates and cut glass safely
– Work through the process of assembling and soldering your panel
Note that with limited time available, you can expect to complete a design with around 8-13 pieces of glass, depending on experience. Everyone works at a different pace, but this guide should help you focus your ideas on something achievable in the time.
Lead-based products such as lead and solder will be used – these are toxic substances and pregnant women are advised not to handle lead or breathe in fumes.
What to expect
Days at ArtisOn is designed to take you away from it all and provide the environment, the time and the guidance you need to create. You can expect a warm welcome, skilled and friendly tutors plus the chance to meet like-minded people keen to share ideas and experiences. You can even leave us to clear up the mess! There will usually be two workshops going on and we encourage everyone to mingle and be nosey about what the other workshop is up to.
Arrive in time to meet other participants over a cup of tea or coffee and biscuits on day one. Begin your session at the appointed time and there will be a mid-morning break for refreshments and a chance to talk over progress with others. Each day lunch will be around 12:45 for about 45 mins – you can expect a homemade 2 course lunch each day. The main course will be delicious but don’t overdo it as the puds are usually worth waiting for! There will be a further afternoon break with the most wonderful cakes from Roots & Fruits Home Bakery, a North Yorkshire micro-bakery producing handmade bread and cakes. All food and refreshments are included in the price of the workshop and providing we have notice, we are happy to cater for any dietary needs.
Finish time is given as a target – there is some flexibility depending on how your work is progressing. Depending on the tutor and the group, start times follow on days can be flexible too.
We aim for your time with us to be a real treat… of course you could always learn a new skill in a shed or a draughty village hall with a curly sandwich, but we want you to have more fun than that! So we make it a day being looked after, with good food, good company and great inspiration!
What you’ll need to bring with you
Please wear sturdy clothing like jeans rather than anything that may get snagged on glass. Much of the work is messy, we have aprons but you may wish to make sure you wear old clothes or do bring your own apron or overalls.
No heels and no open toe'd shoes or sandals - your feet will need protection!
If you have any design ideas or any examples of work that inspires you, please do bring them along.
We use latex gloves for handling lead when making the panels. If you are allergic to this type of glove please supply your own version.
All other materials and equipment will be supplied for this workshop.