New Stained Glass courses for 2020

Stained glass courses and workshops in Manchester – New dates for 2020

Come and learn a new skill and create your own stained glass panels. During the short winter months be up-lifted by the beauty and colour of glass,  whilst learning how to design your own pattern, cut and lead glass and solder the panel.

Courses are 9 weeks long on a Monday evening or a Wednesday morning, with only 4 people giving plenty of quality time with the tutor, that’s me.

There are also workshops held on the weekends, Stained glass for beginners and Introduction to Copper Foiling.

Have a look at the slide show to see some work in progress and previous stained glass made during courses. Some is made by people who have returned for a second course. The courses are also suitable for beginners with no previous experience, just a willingness to have ago.

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Jane Eyre, the Peaks and Hathersage Parish Church

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.

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Stained glass Hathersage Parish Church

More here with the east window by Charles Kempe.

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.

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Stained glass Hathersage Parish Church
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Stained glass Hathersage Parish Church

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.

Postcard Jane Eyre
Wish you were here

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.

North Lees Hall

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.

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View of Hathersage Parish Church

Round up of Springs Stained glass

Stained glass & Copper-foiling courses & workshops.

A lovely array of colourful glass pieces made by people attending stained glass workshops and courses over the last few months.

I will be putting up some new dates for the popular ‘Stained glass weekend for beginners’ and ‘Introduction to Copper Foiling’  for late summer and the Daytime and Evening Courses will run again in September.

If you are interested yourself in attending a course/workshop, or have any questions, please do contact me and ask away.

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It’s a wrap! 2018

On this, the shortest dark day, I am calling ‘time’ on a beautiful colourful Stained Glass 2018.

I’m looking forward to 2019 with more amazing stained glass panels being made, and a new daytime class too, and of course the longer lighter days.

In the meantime, I would like to wish everyone a Happy and Peaceful festive season, with maybe one to many mince pies! I do love mince pies.

There are still a few spaces available on the Introduction to Copper Foiling and the Monday evening class, if anyone wants to join, please do pop me an email and it can be organised by the New Year.

Here are the last few finished stained glass panels of 2018 (not polished or fitted yet) brightening up the day.

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New Courses and Workshops for the New Year 2019

Christmas and the New Year 2019 are around the corner with a host of new workshops and courses to do in Stained glass or Copper Foiling.

Including a NEW DAYTIME course on a Wednesday morning!

The Monday Evening course will be running as usual, with Stained glass for beginners weekend workshops in February and March.

Have a look at the selection of pictures showing work being made by people attending the workshops and the beautiful finished creations.

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