Glass, stained glass and glass fusing adult learning courses

About this subjectGlass art

Create your own beautiful stained glass, glass fusing or creative glass. You can do so in our dedicated glass studios.

You will work with materials such as glass, foil, lead, and copper. You will use them to make unique art for your home or to give as gifts.

Our Guildford studio is a large, bright, high ceilinged studio dedicated to the craft of glass. The studio has spacious work benches will all tools needed to cut, solder, lead, cement, and polish. This includes Taurus glass saws, grinders, a light box, and a kiln.

Our courses run over a period of weeks for a term. We have three terms in the year from September to July plus short courses at the start of summer. We also offer more specific one-day workshops throughout the year.

Enrolments open every term in March, July and November. If courses have already started you may still be able to join so please contact us.

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Course levels

  • Introduction courses will give you a taste of subject. You can then progress to a longer course.
  • Beginners courses are for those with no previous experience. They would also suit anyone who would like to refresh there basic skills.
  • Improvers courses are for those with some previous experience. They would suit anyone wishing to develop their skills further.
  • Advanced courses are for those who have lots of previous experience. They would suit anyone who can work independently. But, still want the support and guidance of a tutor to improve.
  • Mixed Ability courses are suitable for those with any level of previous experience.

Saturday and one day workshops

Each year we offer a variety of one day workshops which is an ideal for anyone wishing to try their hand at glass art.

Saturday and and one day workshops

Glass fusing

Learn how to layer clear and/or coloured glass to create a piece that is melted or fused together in a kiln. You will learn to cut glass safely and accurately.

You can experiment with glass accessories including confetti, frits, paints, and stringers. Learn to make a wide range of art pieces. This includes jewellery, bowls, sculptures, panels, and ornaments.

Glass fusing courses

Stained glass

Learn the skills to make beautiful, jewel-coloured pieces of stained glass.

You will learn how to design and hand cut glass. Assemble with lead and copper foil, solder and apply a patina, cement and polish.

Improvers will work on their project (any size) at their own pace with tutor guidance. More advanced learners can progress to 2D or 3D copper foiling (Tiffany technique). They can also learn glass painting and enamelling which can be fired in our kiln.

Please note a project bigger than 20 glass pieces is likely to take longer than one term to complete.

Stained glass courses

Creative glass

Learn the skills to produce a small leaded stained-glass panel to hang. You may also have the opportunity to create a 3D terrarium, a copper foil sun catcher and an appliqué panel. More advanced learners can work on more complex projects with tutor guidance.

Creative glass courses

Discounts and support with fees

We have many discounts and fee support options. These include money off your first course if you are a library member, Surrey Heritage user, or over 66.

We include a small charge in the fees. It covers the cost of materials used by tutors for demonstrations. The fee does not include the cost of materials and equipment used by learners, unless stated otherwise. If you have any questions, please ask when enrolling. We advise you not to buy extra materials for a course until your enrolment is confirmed.

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