Courses

Explore our range of programmes by clicking on the links below

Every course includes:

Use of our fully equipped glass studio

A maximum of four students

All the tools and materials you need

Access to our extensive glass art and design library

Drinks and snacks

Course notes to take away

Kiln firing of your work

 Introduction to fusing

1-day course – £175

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Sat 21st May 2022

Sat 23rd July 2022

Sat 30th July 2022

Sat 24th Sept 2022

If you can’t make the above dates we are flexible to run some courses on demand, just contact us for availability

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If you’ve never worked with glass before and want to start from the very basics, then this is the course for you. We’ll show you the primary techniques involved in cutting, shaping and assembling glass, use of inclusions, how the kiln is programmed and also take a look at slumping.

You’ll be creating your own designs, and we’ll make time for looking at our rich resource of glass books and enjoy a fabulous lunch.

Experience: None required

What you’ll need: A sturdy pair of shoes (nothing open-toed)

When does the course start and finish? A course day runs from 10am until 4.30pm unless otherwise stated

Cant’ make the dates above? We’re pretty flexible and may be able to create a date that works for you. Just email us or call Jen on 07950 004452

Cost: £175

Stained glass for all

2-day course – £335

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Sun/Mon 12th/13th June 2022

Sun/Mon 10th/11th July 2022

Sun/Mon 7th/8th Aug 2022

Sun/Mon 2nd/3rd Oct 2022

Sun/Mon 6th/7th Nov 2022

Sun/Mon 11th/12th Dec 2022

If you can’t make the above dates we are flexible to run some courses on demand, just contact us for availability

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Led by Kat Walton, this traditional course will enable you to design and make your own stained glass panel. By covering the different glass cutting techniques and then guiding you through the leading process to construct your panel, the course will culminate in the soldering of the lead to complete your piece.

A fantastic two-day course that is suitable for both beginners and those with some experience.

Experience: None required

What you’ll need: A sturdy pair of shoes (nothing open-toed)

When does the course start and finish? A course day runs from 10am until 4.30pm unless otherwise stated

Cant’ make the dates above? We’re pretty flexible and may be able to create a date that works for you. Just email us or call Jen on 07950 004452

Cost: £335

Copper Foiling

1-day course – £175

Sat 11th June 2022

Sat 9th July 2022

Sat 6th Aug 2022

Sat 1st Oct 2022

Sat 5th Nov 2022

Sat 10th Dec 2022

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Copper-foiling is used as an alternative to lead came, giving a similar effect often for more delicate and detailed indoor projects such as mirror surrounds, wall hangings, smaller panels and light catchers of any shape.
In this course you will learn to cut and grind glass in to accurate shapes, before choosing your glass from our large and varied range of glass colours. You will be taught the art of copper-foiling and soldering in joining the glass together to create gifts and projects for the home. This is a popular course because once the skill is learnt, you can easily continue this hobby at home without too much costly material, equipment and mess! The course is led by our lovely resident tutor and stained glass specialist Steph Brown.

Experience: None required

What you’ll need: A sturdy pair of shoes (nothing open-toed)

When does the course start and finish? A course day runs from 10am until 4.30pm unless otherwise stated

Cant’ make the dates above? We’re pretty flexible and may be able to create a date that works for you. Just email us or call Jen on 07950 004452

Cost: £175

Glass for the garden

1-day course – £220

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Sat 16th July 2022

Thurs 28th July 2022

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There are many applications for glass art but given its ability to change with the light and produce beautiful colours and shadows, nowhere is more relevant than outside and the garden is an ideal location. It is no surprise that glass sculptures are a prominent part of Kew Gardens and prestigious garden shows such as Chelsea Flower Show.

What you will make: Beyond learning the basics of how to cut and shape glass, you will produce a stunning double headed 3 dimensional flower that could be used to hold a candle or light AND a glass art panel that will be set into a steel framed structure especially designed for the garden, that can be set into either grass or soil (included in your course fee)

When does the course start and finish? A course day runs from 10am until 4.30pm unless otherwise stated

Cant’ make the dates above? We’re pretty flexible and may be able to create a date that works for you. Just email us or call Jen on 07950 004452

Cost: £220

Intermediate fusing

2-day course – £325

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  Course dates are flexible and we will run on demand, please contact us if you are interested.

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The two-day intermediate course is an intensive programme for those who have completed the basic fusing course and are in search of more in depth knowledge of fusing. This includes working with precious metals, using different types of glass and looking at what can be achieved with them and a greater understanding of the kiln firing process.

This course will also show you how to make moulds for casting glass and also working with mould-making refractory materials for slumping into various shapes. Through exploring these techniques, you will have the opportunity to make a mirror with a glass frame surround, as well as a wall hanging or a bowl.

Experience: Basic fusing knowledge

What you’ll need: A sturdy pair of shoes (nothing open-toed)

When does the course start and finish? A course day runs from 10am until 4.30pm unless otherwise stated

Cant’ make the dates above? We’re pretty flexible and may be able to create a date that works for you. Just email us or call Jen on 07950 004452

Cost: £325

Landscapes & seascapes

1-day course – £175

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Sat 28th May 2022

Thurs 2nd June 2022

Sat 25th June 2022

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This course will show you how to use enamels, glass powders and other decorative glass elements to create a landscape or seascape design that incorporates depth of field, perspective and a certain luminosity that is not achievable when working with paint on canvas.

No previous experience of glass is necessary and you don’t even need to have a good level of artistry; you will be amazed of the end results. Bring your own image to recreate or use one from our substantial resource library.

Experience: None required

What you’ll need: A sturdy pair of shoes (nothing open-toed)

When does the course start and finish? A course day runs from 10am until 4.30pm unless otherwise stated

Cant’ make the dates above? We’re pretty flexible and may be able to create a date that works for you. Just email us or call Jen on 07950 004452

Cost: £175

Intermediate Stained Glass

2-day course

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Course dates are flexible and we will run on demand, please contact us if you are interested.

 

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This course is the next stage along from our introduction to stained glass course designed for anyone who can create lead-light but is keen to learn more techniques and extend their skill set. 

On this course students will explore more techniques to further their ability to create bespoke lead-lights. This course is led by Steph Brown who will guide you through the design process and then teach you to create imagery on the glass using sandblast techniques, silver-staining, vitreous enamel painting and sgraffito using the kiln. On day two you will lead up your decorated surface imagery on glass to create your finished panel. A rewarding and insightful course led by an enthusiastic expert in her field.

Experience: Basic skills and some experience in stained glass

What you’ll need: A sturdy pair of shoes (nothing open-toed)

When does the course start and finish? A course day runs from 10am until 4.30pm unless otherwise stated

Cant’ make the dates above? We’re pretty flexible and may be able to create a date that works for you. Just email us or call Jen on 07950 004452

Cost: £280

Glass fusing taster course

 NEW! Glass Fusing Taster Course

2 hour course (2pm-4pm) – £65

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Thursday 26th May 2022

Thursday 9th June 2022

Thursday 30th June 2022

Thursday 21st July 2022

Thursday 4th August 2022

 

 

 

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Spring is now upon us and with it we bring a low-cost glass fusing taster course where you can make a joyful wildflower candle bend of your own design and style. Learn the art of using and understanding frit, stringers murrini cane and mosaic cutters.

This short cost-effective course will teach you the basic principals of the glass fusing and slumping process.

Cost: £65

Mosaic applique

2-day course – £280

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Course dates are flexible and will run on demand. Please contact us if you are interested.

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Through this course you will learn all of the skills required to create your own mosaic panel. You will learn to select and cut the right pieces for your project and then combine them using traditional mosaic techniques.

You will become proficient at cutting glass, using mosaic cutters, grinding the glass and grouting. All before the day is through. This is a fun but messy process so pack an old shirt or apron.

Please feel free to bring an image if you have a particular theme in mind, but don’t worry as we have a vast collection of books and images you can use as a source for inspiration.

When does the course start and finish? A course day runs from 10am until 4.30pm unless otherwise stated

Cant’ make the dates above? We’re pretty flexible and may be able to create a date that works for you. Just email us or call Jen on 07950 004452

Cost: £280

Lampworker bead making

 NEW! Lampwork Bead Making

1-day course – £165

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Course dates are flexible and run on demand, please contact us if you are interested.

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Come and try your hand at lampwork bead making on this exciting new course at CSG taught by the extremely knowledgeable and inspiring Gill Hesketh.

You will learn how to safely manipulate molten glass over a gas-powered flame and create creation of beads, teardrops, swizzle stick twists and stringers.

Gill makes for a truly magical course where you will be fully hands-on in the whole process, producing your own beautiful creations . You will be given advice how to simply and safely set up this activity at home so you can continue practicing this engaging process beyond your course.

When does the course start and finish? A course day runs from 10am until 4.30pm unless otherwise stated

Cost: £165 (one day) £280 (two days)

Glass jewellery

Jewellery making

1-day course – £155

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Thurs 14th July 2022

Thurs 1st Sept 2022

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Working with a range of decorative fusible glass types, you will develop an understanding of glass fusing which enable you to make stunning jewellery.

You will experiment with colour, shape, bubble pens and other decorative items to create pendants, earrings and cuff links. You will be taught to use dichroic glass which adds a bit of magic dazzle to fused jewellery.

Everything you need to make your finished pieces is included in the course, including the jewellery findings.

When does the course start and finish? A course day runs from 10am until 4.30pm unless otherwise stated

Cant’ make the dates above? We’re pretty flexible and may be able to create a date that works for you. Just email us or call Jen on 07950 004452

Cost: £155

Animals in Glass

1-day course – £175

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Course dates are flexible and we will run on demand, please contact us if you are interested.

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We Brits love our animals – whether it be farmyard animals, fish, wildlife or domestic furry friends.

We will help you capture the spirit of your chosen animal in fused glass. Led by renowned glass artist Jennifer Barker, you will be guided in bringing the animals almost to life by creating a sense of movement or stance that evoke the animals character. Feel free to bring images of your own pet or any imagery that appeals to you personally and we will teach you the basic principles of glass fusing, and then give you the opportunity to make your own glass art panel using glass paints, frit and coloured glass.

When does the course start and finish? A course day runs from 10am until 4.30pm unless otherwise stated

Cant’ make the dates above? We’re pretty flexible and may be able to create a date that works for you. Just email us or call Jen on 07950 004452

Cost: £175

Christmas decorations with Copper Foiling

1-day course – £165

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These festive courses will begin in Oct 2022, dates released in the summer. 

 

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No previous experience is needed!  This is all about getting into the Christmas spirit and as this course is always in such high demand we are putting on dates in October, November and December.

Our studio looks, smells and sounds of all things Christmas, guaranteeing you a wonderful day of festive fun, laughter and creativity.

To get you well and truly in to the Christmas spirit our very own Kat Walton is going to teach you to cut and shape glass and make stunning Christmas decorations you will want to keep up all year round. Each person will make a Bethlehem star ( shown in photo ) and then choose another 2 further decorations to make from our wide range of Christmas patterns.

The workshop will be full of festive cheer and Christmas treats to get you in the festive spirit. Mince pies and spiced biscuits will be in plentiful supply!

When does the course start and finish? A course day runs from 10am until 4.30pm unless otherwise stated

Cost: £165

Christmas decorations with Fused Glass

1-day course – £190

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These festive courses will begin in Oct 2022, dates released in the summer. 

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No previous experience is needed!  This is all about getting into the Christmas spirit and as this course is always in such high demand we are putting on plenty of dates for October, November and December 2021.

Our studio will look, smell and sound of all things Christmas, guaranteeing you a wonderful day of festive fun, laughter and creativity.

What you will make in the day: 2 standing sconces of magical winter scenes with metal inclusions and five hanging decorations of your choice from a large collection of design templates or simply freestyle and design your own!

Your work is fired overnight in the kiln and can be collected the following day (or packed and dispatched to you at cost) The course includes all you need to make, finish and hang your decorations.

PS. mince pies and spiced biscuits will be in plentiful supply!

When does the course start and finish? A course day runs from 10am until 4.30pm unless otherwise stated

Cost: £190

Metal inclusions

1-day course – £165

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Sat 4th June 2022

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When metal leaf, shim, wire and mesh along with fibres and enamels are encased within two pieces of glass and then subsequently fired at a high temperature, the oxidisation produces some beautiful rich tones and interesting textures.

This course will teach you all you need to know about combining metal and glass and the various effects that are achievable. You’ll also learn about the kiln-firing process, the basics of cutting and shaping glass and to be able to recognise which is the tin side of float glass.

No experience is required for this fascinating process, and you’ll produce your own wall hanging and set of coasters.

When does the course start and finish? A course day runs from 10am until 4.30pm unless otherwise stated

Current available dates: Please call us on 07950 004452 for availability

Cost: £165

Surface Techniques in Glass

2-day course – £280

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Course dates are flexible and we will run on demand, please contact us if you are interested.

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Using imagery ranging from hand-drawn artwork to images found on the internet or in books as inspiration, you will learn to create artworks using painting techniques, coloured vitreous powders, use of fine line enamels and decorative inclusions.

You will also learn how to use stencilling techniques to create a design that can be sandblasted into the glass surface. We’ll cover the ancient technique of silver staining and use of high-temperature pigment enamels in the design and production of your very own bowl and a series of wall panels!

This course is both intensive and rewarding with wonderful results. It gives you the knowledge and ability to make unique artwork using this amazing medium.

When does the course start and finish? A course day runs from 10am until 4.30pm unless otherwise stated 

Cost: £280

Current available dates: Please call us on 07950 004452 for availability

Optical formations glass art

NEW! Optical Pattern Formations

1-day course -£175

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Course dates are flexible and will run on demand. Please contact us if you are interested.

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This absorbing one-day course is suitable for all levels and anyone who has a glass kiln and wants to learn a new fabulous and engaging technique.

The course tutor, glass artist Jane Larkin, has perfected ‘Optics’ beautifully and is willing to share her in-depth knowledge of this area with you.

You will learn how to harness the alchemy of glass as it distorts in shape creating magical ordered patterns and trapping air bubbles precisely where you want them. During the course you will try different techniques and firing schedules alongside other great tips to make you a competent glass artist in optical pattern control.

You can make jewellery, bowls, coasters or wall art using this method.

Cost: £175

Current available dates: Please call us on 07950 004452 for availability

Tiffany Lamp Making

NEW! Copper Foil Tiffany Lamp Making

2-day course – £285

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Sat/Sun 25th/26th June 2022

If you can’t make the above dates we are flexible to run some courses on demand, just contact us for availability.

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Led by experienced stained glass lamp maker Jane Larkin, this two day course will teach you the step by step skills to design and make your own beautiful 3-dimensional opalescent Tiffany-style. Glass cutting experience is preferable for this course, (if you don’t have any experience, take a look at our Stained Glass for All or Introduction to Fusing programmes which cover this skill). You will learn to make a pattern for the lamp, further develop your cutting skills, learn the technique of copper foiling and soldering 3-dimensional forms competently . The lamp base is not included on the course but we will  provide you with information on where they can be acquired from. 

Cost: £285

Current available dates: Sat/Sun 30th/31st October 2021

Stained Glass bird pelican

NEW! Copper Foil Bird

1-day course – £165

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Course dates are flexible and will run on demand. Please contact us if you are interested.

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Experienced stained glass artist Jane Larkin will guide you through making one of three bird design options that are self-standing and absolutely beautiful. In this one-day course you will learn to cut, shape, grind and diamond saw glass elements of your creation. You will also learn how to copper foil and solder with competence. Jane will show you some fantastic tricks to get details and character into these beautiful birds. This course is for both people who have worked with glass before or complete beginners.

When does the course start and finish? A course day runs from 10am until 4.30pm unless otherwise stated 

Cost: £165

Current available dates: Sunday 26th September 2021

Enamelled decorations picture

NEW! Mosaic Hare, Flying Bird, Butterfly or Dragonfly – large garden stake.

1-day course – £95

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Friday 27th May 2022

Thursday 16th June 2022

Friday 15th July 2022

Friday 22nd July 2022

Friday 5th August 2022

 

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Come and learn the immediacy and fun art of creating your own mosaic for an outdoor area in any colourway that takes your fancy! A fabulous way to spend a day making something joyous, this is something you will treasure and enjoy whenever you look at it.

You will learn to cut and shape coloured glass and mirror using mosaic cutters, glass cutters a grinder and learn all the tricks of creating the exact composition you desire. At the end of the day you will grout your piece which lifts the jewel-like glass to its best potential.

Please specify when booking the course whether you would like to do a Flying Bird, Hare, Butterfly or Dragonfly so we can prepare the silhouette for you in advance.

When does the course start and finish? A course day runs from 10am until 4.30pm unless otherwise stated 

Cost: £120

Current available dates: shown above

One-to-one tailored course

1 to 5 days

 

 If you would like a personalised  one-to-one course with any of our tutors please call Jen on 07950 004452 and we can work out a flexible package and day rate based on your requirements.

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If you prefer the benefits that come with more personal and concentrated tuition, then we can tailor a one-to-one programme to the particular area of glass you wish to gain further skills in.

Whether you’re a complete beginner, or someone already with a degree of experience, we can design a course which focuses purely on your specified areas; whether it be the very basics of glass fusing or more advanced kiln-carving techniques. Choose the length of course that suits you, we can accommodate anything from 1-5 days to guarantee you an invaluable learning experience.

Experience: Beginner to experienced

When does the course start and finish? A course day runs from 10am until 4.30pm unless otherwise stated

Current available dates: Please call us on 07950 004452 to arrange a suitable date

Cost: £350 per day

Some feedback from our students

Jenny… What can I say? Wow! Two brilliant fun packed days, I’m exhausted! It was worth every penny though as I have learnt so much from you. I will sleep well, after a long journey back to Marlborough tonight. Thanks again

-Stacey O'Brien, Wiltshire

I thoroughly enjoyed my course with you, I would love to try the fusing next! I’m really pleased with my Mosaic. I think I may have been a little adventurous for a beginner…but  I’ve learnt to cut glass really well. Thank you for all you help and expertise.

-Jane Evans

I’ve really enjoyed the course today. The location, group and teaching were all great. Very knowledgeable tutors and a wealth of materials to use. I’d like to do a Stained Glass course with you when you have some more dates, so please email me with your future courses!

-Andrew Cooke

I am so excited to see the results from our day. I’ve had a fantastic time and feel like a kid again, you have all been so inspiring and helpful, I will definitely be coming back. My family will be getting lots of glass presents from now on!

-Tina Wheeler

This has been a really brilliant experience, and you were so generous with your knowledge. Please keep us on your books for other courses, I’m particularly interested if you do the Pate De Verre course again.

-Annemarie and Gary Ledger

A well organised and really enjoyable course, I have learnt so much in a day that went way too fast. A beautiful studio setting too, well worth the course fee and some.

-Carolyn Piper, London

Thanks for a memorable day, had so much fun and learned a few new skills too!

-Rachel Evans

Thanks to Jen and her team for a brilliant day, I had no prior expectations but was hugely impressed by her ability to teach a complete beginner like me. Will definitely return for another course

-Elizabeth McDonnell

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Cheshire School of Glass

Bradley Farm, Bradley Lane, Frodsham, Cheshire WA6 7EP, United Kingdom

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