Manchester Stained Glass studio is run by award winning Artist Sharon Campbell.
Manchester Stained Glass has been delivering creative stained glass classes, workshops and community projects to individuals, organisations, schools and community groups since 1988.
“I can thoroughly recommend spending time in the company of Sharon, learning a new skill and having your very own individual piece of stained glass or copper foiling masterpiece to take home. An intensely satisfying and fantastic way to get those creative juices flowing.”
A somewhat tenuous link between Stained glass workshops for the New Year, Jane Eyre, The Peaks and Hathersage Parish Church….
Recently I went on a walk in the Peaks, wanting to soak in the golden amber, orange and red eye candy of autumn colours before big winds or rain carried it all away. I knew I should have been busy writing about the New Courses and Workshops I have coming up in the New Year!
Instead, or rather along with enjoying the autumn colour I discovered the connection Jane Eyre has with Hathersage and the lovely stained glass in Hathersage parish church, St Michaels and All Angels.
We walked or I followed a friend who knows the area much better than me, from Hathersage up to Stanage across to Longshaw estate for lunch and back across Over Owler Tor and through ghostly silver birch woods back to Hathersage. I possibly may have got that right.
Starting in Hathersage, I of course had to have a peek inside the small but certainly not diminutive parish Church, visit the famous ‘Little John’s Grave’ and see the beautiful windows.
Inside the church my friend spotted a postcard telling all about Jane Eyre’s wanderings in the area (which I hasten to add I did purchase before taking a picture of it). If you search the church you will find the ‘Eyre brasses’. We didn’t stop for long enough to do this, a longish walk ahead of us and not enough daylight at this time of year to pause for too long.
The walk took us past Thornfield House where Mr Rochester lived in the novel, in the real world it is North Lees Hall and not a Mr Rochester in sight, only a gently green vista rolling towards Stanage Edge.
I didn’t manage to capture the beauty of the moors and woods with the grand colours on camera, but it was a pleasure to walk around this beautiful area and discover more. Not sure I would fancy being lost wandering around the moors as Jane Eyre did. I’m content to be much more familiar with the area and know how the original local Eyre family inspired Charlotte Bronte to name her heroine ‘Jane Eyre’.
The actual purpose of writing this blog was to let people know I have New dates for the New Year workshops and courses in the art of creating stained glass. Do, if interested, come and learn the art of stained glass, enjoying the colours and year round beauty of glass. I cannot promise your first panel will be for a church but you will make a lovely panel to take home. Thank you for reading.
Stained glass workshops – Space this weekend and in November and December
Watch out for new courses and workshop dates for 2020. A little New year creativity or great Christmas gifts for friends and loved ones. Contact me to be added to the mailing list and be kept up to date.
Manchester Stained Glass together with other Creative teachers at AWOL Studios have formed ICE – Independent Creative Educators.
We are having our First Open day to share our workshops and classes with you all on Saturday 5th October 10am – 3.30pm.
Free taster sessions in Stained glass, painting, drawing and photography, check out the Event-bright link on Facebook to book a space or just turn up to find out more and have a noisy around AWOL Studio, Hope Mill.
Adult art + craft tutors will be on hand through the day to discuss the range of workshops and courses they offer. Meet the tutors, visit their studios and find out what classes and courses are right for you. Tutors teach all ability levels, so come along and chat to the tutors to find out what’s right for you.
There will be light refreshments.
We are looking forward to meeting you all and telling you what we teach in our Grade *2 Hope Mill where AWOL Studios is located, next too the award winning Hope Mill theatre.
We are now half way through the Summer Holidays, although my kids are nearly grown up my mind set and routines are still governed by the school holidays. Bringing a sense of new beginnings in September, new uniform, new class room, new college or University and maybe new set of skills in Stained glass?
Weekend beginners workshop
Stained glass beginners Weekend workshop
Stained glass weekend workshop
Finished panel Stained glass panel from the stained glass weekend workshop
Autumn is a good time to learn new skills of cutting and shaping glass and creating your own panel to take home. It is still light, with red overtones, beautiful autumn colours coming in to inspire, and the winter to hone those skills!
In the meantime a slide show of work made or in progress by those students attending the Monday evening and Wednesday morning courses and the last stained glass for beginners weekend. Some students come to several courses to make their special stained glass projects realised.
Thank you for viewing, if you have any questions about any of the workshops or course please do contact me.