We aim to keep our classes relaxed and informal and tuition is tailored to suit all abilities. Most of our courses are suitable for both the complete beginner and those with some experience who want to develop their skills further. There is lots of one to one tuition, once we have established your level of experience and your ambitions; we can then assist you to achieve your goal.
We provide all the necessary knowledge, specialist tools and equipment to enable you to make your very own work of art. Materials can be purchased from the tutors at the class as you need them.
Courses vary in length and we try to offer courses to suit everyone, there are some that run on a weekly basis or for those who prefer a faster result we also offer some full day or two day sessions too. You might even like to incorporate a weekend course into a short break in beautiful Northumberland, there are lots of lovely places to stay, see our Links page for accommodation.
For the beginner we cover designing, the secrets of successful and accurate glass cutting, leading and soldering. For those of you who don’t feel too artistic, we will guide you through the design process or provide you with one of our tried and tested designs. For those with some experience we offer support in your progress, a chance to refresh skills that you have perhaps not used for a while and fine tune your techniques.
The 8 week stained glass course gives students the opportunity to make a leaded panel. There is also time to try out other construction techniques such as copper foiling. This technique allows for more detail and is suited to sun catchers, panels and 3 dimensional objects . Those who prefer to concentrate on the traditional leading technique only are welcome to do so, the choice is entirely yours.
The Two Day courses cover the basics listed above and will allow enough time to complete a small leaded panel. We do occasionally set up ‘Sun Catcher’ Days to learn the basics of using the copper foiling technique.
Glass mosaic is a little different to traditional mosaic using tiles as we use coloured sheets of glass instead of tiles. The glass is cut into more ’controlled’ shapes using a glass cutter. However, the basic mosaic techniques are the same.
Students will learn the basic glass cutting techniques, mosaic construction using the ’direct’ method and grouting. Glass Mosaic is suitable for allsorts of different projects such as wall plaques, mirrors, tray tops, table tops; you can lay mosaic on almost any flat surface as long as it will not flex.
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If there is nothing to suit you let us know, your comments are always welcome and we may be able to incorporate something that suits you when we’re planning our next programme.
You can see some of our students work and what they say about our courses on the Students Gallery page.