Stained Glass Class -
Column Lamp(foiling)
Learn the basics of foiling stained glass and make a stylish lamp in just two days or over 6 evenings!

"Brilliant, totally enjoyable and easy to follow instruction " - Ann

Evening course is suitable for beginners, those who've done leaded or foiled stained glass (new skills!); those who've done foiling and want to learn about creating 3d stained glass

Weekend course is suitable for those who've done some glass work before.

This introduction to the foiling method of stained glass construction (also called the Tiffany method) will give you a good grounding in the essential skills.
You'll get lots of hands-on experience with the tools we use, plus tips, tricks and a little history about this contemporary form of stained glass and you'll make a lamp to be proud of!

Our classes are suitable for anyone over 16, although we do advise that anyone with a medical condition that limits their hand strength or control contact us before booking to discuss.
With a maximum of 4 students on the lamp-making course and two tutors you can be sure of plenty of attention and guidance throughout the class.

Making your own stained glass lamp requires a number of specialist techniques, making this class suitable for those who've tried stained glass before..

Two-day or 6 evenings copper foiling stained glass lamp workshop - limited to 4 people

After a short health & safety discussion, we'll start by refreshing your glass cutting skills.
Once comfortable with scoring and breaking the glass, you'll work on your own mini project - introducing you to the basic techniques and tools you'll need for your lamp project.

Choosing your column lamp design

Students may choose from three starter designs, and a range of coloured glass to work with.

Your lamp will have 3 or 4 sides, and be similar in size to lamps we sell in the gallery for around £180). The workshop cost includes the LED lamp and wooden base to finish off your lamp - a complete package that's sure to make you want to continue to develop your stained glass skills!

Making a lamp - stretch yourself!

This workshop offers a number of further challenges compared with our original beginners foiling class, making this class of interest to those who've already done some stained glass.

You'll learn about cutting opal glass using a lightbox, tools and tips to aid precision grinding (to ensure your lamp pieces all fit properly).

You'll also discover the use of soldering jigs (essential for 3d objects) and how to assemble the sides in to a robust structure. Finally, you'll find out how to solder a spider into your lamp and how to mount the LED lamp inside.
You'll finish off your lamp with an optional black patina to enhance to look of your lamp.

The course cost includes:

  • All materials, choice of starter designs and coloured opal glass
  • Lamp hardware, brass spider, LED lamp and optional wooden base
  • Use of tools, jigs and protective gear
  • Refreshments throughout
  • Lunch at the ARTea Rooms on both days of the weekend course
  • 2 tutors, maximum class size 4 people
  • PDF Info pack emailed after the class with information on getting started, where to buy glass and tools, and reminders on techniques
  • Eligibility for our Project Day Programme
  • Your lamp to take home and enjoy!

How to book your place

If you're ready to book, choose the date and course option you prefer and use the PayPal buttons to make your booking. You can pay by card or PayPal; if you don't have a PayPal account, just check-out as a guest to use a debit or credit card.

Please note - on the two-day workshop the finish time on the 2nd day depends on you!
We suggest you don't make fixed plans for after the class on either day in case the sessions takes longer than usual. Start time - 9-45am.
Our class bookings terms and conditions are here.

Weekend Courses

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  • We can run this workshop on weekdays by prior arrangment

6-Evenings Course - Wednesday evenings 7pm to 9-15pm

  • Weds Evenings 7-9pm Lamp Making course in 6 sessions £280 per person
  • Wed 23rd Jan
  • Wed 30th Jan
  • Wed 6th Feb
  • Wed 18th Feb
  • Wed 20th Feb
  • Wed 27th Feb

We may be able to accommodate you on a weekday or different evening by prior arrangement if you're unable to attend one of the evening sessions.

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Make your own stylish stained glass column lampA 3-sided lamp made by student Sarah - gorgeous!
Cutting glass with a lightboxCutting glass with a lightbox - we use opal glass for lamps Soldering a lamp with a soldering jig Soldering with a jig - the best way to solder lamps
Rose Lamp design for the Vitreus Art lamp workshop
A stylish Rose design made by student Clare

What attendees have said about our classes:

"Attended another course here previously and have booked another course. Enough said!"

"Overall, Excellent! Easy to understand, helpful and plenty of good humour."

"Fantastic starting place for novices. Lots of fun and the day flew by!"