This course is suitable for all abilities since there will be time for everyone to practice the skills they need to design and create a leaded stained glass panel. Glass and other materials are provided but please expect to reimburse the tutor for the amounts you use.

The course will introduce or build on essential techniques and help develop creative ideas according to your individual needs. Materials and methods will be explained and skills taught to enable students to make at least one leaded stained glass panel during the course. The course is mainly a practical one and will include the following:

  • Introduction to the medium
  • Designing a panel and adapting a drawing or painting to make a stained glass panel.
  • Choosing glass to suit your project
  • Glass cutting and breaking
  • Leading and soldering
  • Cementing and finishing

The structure of the course will vary according to whether you are a beginner or have previous experience, but will ensure that students work at their own pace.

You should be aware that a lot of the techniques are best carried out whilst standing up and some physical effort is required; however, the tutor will help students where necessary.

Tutor: Carole Gray

Carole Gray is a designer and maker of decorative stained glass, who uses many of the traditional techniques practised by stained glass artists over the centuries to create work which is highly contemporary and decorative. She also has extensive experience teaching these techniques. Her own style of work is abstract and inspiration comes from a wide range of sources. Colour, repeating patterns and decorative motifs are a common theme throughout. Carole is as happy using strong, vibrant colours as with a cool, calm and restrained palette. She is listed on the Crafts Council Register and a member of the Contemporary Glass Society and the British Society of Master Glass Painters. Please take a few moments to look at her work at:
stained glass panel

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
  • Personal and Travel Insurance

Before You Attend

What to Bring

Tools and equipment (eg soldering irons, glass cutters and lead-cutting knives) are provided at the Centre and a selection of glass and other materials will be provided for students to buy from the tutor as required. There will be a standard charge of £40 for beginners. Improvers should expect to pay at least £50, depending on the size and complexity of their panel. Please pay the tutor, by cash or cheque, before the end of the course. Improvers are welcome to bring their own glass and lead if they wish, and should bring their own glass if they need a particular colour or style for their design.

The following items must be brought for your personal use:


  • Pencils (HB and 2B), a rubber and A3 plain paper
  • Black felt pens in fine and medium thicknesses (Staedtler Permanent Lumocolour pens are ideal)
  • A fine red felt pen or biro
  • An apron or other coverall and old clothes
  • A pair of washing up gloves
  • A paper face mask (optional)
  • Good quality ruler and large set-square, scissors
  • Card and/or other packing materials to take your panel home safely


All the items in the list above, plus the following:

  • A piece of chipboard or plywood, at least 5cm bigger all round than your project (improvers). Please do not bring a board which is too much bigger than your intended panel as space in the workroom is limited. NB Please do not bring hardboard, MDF, old cupboard doors, etc as these are not suitable!!
  • Any ideas, drawings, photographs or other source materials you may wish to use when preparing your design

* coloured crayons and/or paints are optional.

Health and Safety

  • You must not wear open shoes or have bare legs (even if the weather is warm). Do not wear loose clothing or dangly jewellery as it may get caught in machinery. Long hair must be tied back.
  • Please note that you will not be able to work in the studio unless supervised by the tutor.
  • The studio will not be accessible during the lunch and dinner breaks, or after teaching finishes in the evening at around 2100 hrs.
  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding you should consult your GP before enrolling on this course as working with solder (lead/tin) can be harmful to the developing baby.


This course is designed as an introductory course for beginners and, as such, everyone will be following the same program. It will introduce all the techniques required to make a small (25cm square), non-representational, stained glass panel.


The suggested size of panel for improvers is about 30cm square or 25 x 40cm. Although you are welcome to work on a larger project please bear in mind that you might not finish it on this course - some students work on their projects over a series of courses. If you have an idea of where your work might finally be placed, you should remember to bring accurate measurements of windows, doors, etc, taking account of any rebate the glass will fit into. The image above is an example of a panel made by an advanced student on this course in a previous year.