This practical, hands-on course is an introduction for beginners and will also welcome improvers who might appreciate the opportunity to expand their knowledge and develop their technique and creative ideas within a small group, under the supervision of an experienced tutor. Materials and methods will be introduced, and skills taught, to make and take home at least one piece of finished stained glass at the end of the weekend. Students should come prepared with an idea of what they want to make, either a drawing or a photograph of an image.

The tutor can help with ideas. You will learn to use copper foil and solder, using an electric soldering iron. We will not be learning the traditional lead method. Tools and equipment are provided and a selection of glass can be bought from the tutor as required. You should be prepared for extra expenditure of around £30-£40 depending on the size of the panel. Please note that the teaching element of this course may start before dinner on the Friday.

By the end of the weekend you should be able to:

  • Draw a simple design and make a stained glass panel
  • Be fully conversant with health and safety procedures whilst working with glass
  • Cut glass in a confident manner and use a grinder to remove sharp edges
  • Use a soldering iron to solder onto the copper foil.
  • Finish your own unique piece of work

Tutor: Sharon McMullin

Sharon McMullin studied architectural stained glass in Swansea and has over 20 years' experience working in glass studios throughout the UK. She has worked on commissions for secular and ecclesiastical buildings in the Middle East, USA and UK and has had her glass exhibited in Wales, London and Suffolk. Sharon has been teaching stained glass for several years and also works from her studio in Suffolk producing work to commission and doing repairs. Visit her website:

Bring a friend!

If you are attending a course at Flatford Mill at the sole occupancy price, we are offering a special rate for a friend or partner not enrolled on the course to also stay at £50 per night for dinner, bed and breakfast.

Please contact FSC Flatford Mill on 01206 297110 or [email protected] to book this offer.

What's Included

  • Expert Tuition
  • Free Wi-Fi
  • Full Board Accommodation
  • Hot and Cold Drinks
  • In Course Transport

Before You Attend

What to Bring

Tools and equipment (eg soldering irons, hammers and lead-cutting knives) are provided at the Centre and a large selection of glass is provided to be bought from the tutor as required. You should be prepared for expenditure of around £30-£40 for the glass, depending on the size of the panel.

Please bring with you:

  • An apron
  • Paper, pencil, thin black pen and rubber
  • Set square for drawing squares
  • Dustpan and brush

NB Please wear old clothes and shoes

If you would like to discuss the course content further you are welcome to ring the tutor direct on 01728 663207.

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