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Stained Glass Course

Tutor: Ben Conti
Location: Evolution Arts, 2 Sillwood Terrace, Brighton BN1 2LR 
Next Start Date: Friday, 08 September 2017

What does this course cover?

  • Create stunning stained glass pieces using recycled wood and glass. 
  • Our tutor will guide you through traditional techniques from design to finishing touches. 
  • No experience necessary, this course is great for first timers and returning students alike. 

In a small group and an extended course you will be able to craft your own individual stained-glass panel using traditional leaded techniques, and learn to create sculptures from recycled glass and wood. You will be helped to design your piece and then taught all the cutting and assembling techniques involved.

The intro course is suitable for absolute beginners (including those who feel they are not ‘artistic’) as well as those with experience.

If you already have experience of working with stained glass you're welcome to turn up to the first session with a prepared design so you can start working on it straight away - you don't have join in with the rest of the class in first two sessions which cover the basic techniques unless you want to.

In the Advanced Stained Glass course you will explore techniques further, and learn new techniques.

Stained glass cockerel made by Rosalba Salerno 

 

Who is the tutor?

Ben:  After art collage I trained in cabinet making and then completed two stained glass courses. I have been working with stained glass since 1999. I repair and restore stained glass and also design and make panels for clients. I paint on glass for more expressive pieces and have been experimenting with kiln formed glass also.

I find this craft challenging enough and aesthetically pleasing enough to keep me interested year after year. I love the final effect a piece has. Be it a broken piece restored to its original state or a new creation. There is a magical quality that the glass possesses as it refracts the light differently from day to day with changes to daylight intensity and when seen from one view point to another. It glimmers and sparkles its spectrum as you move.

See students' & tutor's work in the gallery below - click to enlarge
  • Glass Panel 1 & 2 by Eileen Counsell
  • Fish by Nazeema Dhansay
  • Beach huts by Melissa Noble
  • Country scene by Ben Conti

One project could be to make dragonflies in stained glass

Note

If you are pregnant and concerned about working with lead, please consult your doctor before booking.

Price includes basic tools and materials.