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Stained Glass Workshop

Saturday 12 May 2018 09:30 - Sunday 13 May 2018 16:00

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Photo: Matthew Le Breton 

Learn the beautiful craft of stained glass work including kiln fired glass painting and silver staining technique. 

Stained glass has been used for over a thousand years as a way of creating colourful and detailed art, both for religious and stately homes, and also for residential homes and as an art-work medium. It plays with the use of light, colour, design and contrasting effects to produce pieces that will never fade, be it panels, 3D objects or hanging and standing pieces.

Experienced teacher and glass artisan Matthew Le Breton will lead you through the techniques over the course of two days. First you will be introduced to the practicalities of cutting glass and working with lead and tiffany copper foil then, with your design settled, you will choose and cut glass from the beautiful range of colours and textures supplied. You will then use lightboxes and a range of delicate brushes to paint vitreous paint and silver stain onto the cut glass before firing in a Dutch glass kiln. Finally, you will be guided in assembling your design into a finished panel or piece. Many glass courses are quite prescriptive in what you make, however, Matthew has always maintained the importance of students creating what interests them and he will help you to work to your own ideas to design and produce something truly unique. This course is suitable for both the beginner and those with some experience, but who want to try new approaches and techniques.

After a double Honours Degree in Fine Art and Literature from Exeter University Matthew trained with the established stained glass artisan, Ann Pengelly and more recently with Jonathan Cooke, one of the country's leading glass conservators. Matthew is an Associate Lecturer at Exeter College.

Prices: Resident: £220 pp includes 1-night sole occupancy accommodation, full board including home cooked breakfast, tea/cake, lunch and three course dinner, all tuition fee/activities. Non - Residential: £180 pp includes all of the above except accommodation and breakfast.

Times: The course will start at 9.30am on Saturday and will finish with afternoon tea on Sunday around 4pm.

What to bring: Workshop clothes (not fluffy clothing and closed shoes which are comfy for standing to work), an apron, a Stanley knife if you have one, a sketch pad and pencils/pens. Design ideas.

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