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

Suitable for: 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

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 weekend 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.

After completeing your mini project on day one we'll get you started on your lamp project - aiming to get the glass for at least two sides cut before the day finishes at 5-30pm.

Your lamp will have 4 sides, and be similar in size to lamps we sell in the gallery for around £150). 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 4 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 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
  • 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

6-Evenings Course

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. .



Make your own stylish stained glass column lampA finished lamp, one of the designs made on our workshop
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
Traditional brass spider for your lamp
A brass spider gives strength and a means to mount the lamp holder
Rose Lamp design for the Vitreus Art lamp workshop
A stylish Rose design - one of the lamps you can make