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Ardington School of CraftsDoorway
Stained Glass Taster Day
Course Date: Friday 13th October 2017
Category: Glass & Stone
Price: £80


Make a lovely stained glass panel which can be hung in a window. On this introductory course each student will learn how to cut class using a cutline template, cut and fit lead and solder the panel together. Beware – this one-day course could be the start of a new, all-consuming hobby!

Further Detail

We will combine traditional techniques with contemporary design. During the day you will work on a project chosen from a number of prepared designs, ranging from A5 – A4 in size. There will be demonstrations of each technique and individual guidance. 

Skills/Techniques Covered

  • selecting a design
  • making an easel
  • selecting and cutting coloured glass
  • preparing a glazing board
  • working with lead to assemble the pieces into a panel
  • soldering and cementing to finish
  • health and safety issues when working with glass and lead


Beginners, also those wishing to refresh skills and improve technique. Manual dexterity needed


Materials are not included in your course fee. 

The cost of materials for making a panel will be approximately £15 – £20 depending on size. If you make more than one piece you will be charged accordingly.

There is also a £5 charge for the use of specialist tools, equipment and general consumable items.

Please bring with you:

  • a small hammer, only if you already have one
  • an apron
  • a pair of washing up/latex gloves
  • please wear shoes with closed toes

We do not have the facilities to take card payments in the workshops. Please remember to bring cash or your cheque book if the course involves buying materials from the tutor.


This course involves the use of lead and is not suitable for pregnant women, anyone who might be pregnant or nursing mothers.

What students have said about this course/tutor:

"Nicola's delightful. Great teacher and patient." 

"Extremely friendly atmosphere."

"Plenty of guidance and encouragement. I really enjoyed it." 

Tutor Profile

Nicola Kantorowicz has been designing and making stained glass for many years. She trained in both textile and stained glass design before spending time working in industry. Her commissioned windows can be seen in churches in Kent, Sussex, Oxfordshire, Suffolk and London. She is a Fellow of The British Society of Master Glass Painters. Recent projects include two rose windows for Banbury Town Hall and a panel for the prayer room at St Katherine House Hospice, Adderbury. Nicola enjoys helping her students to realise their ideas in glass. She is keen to keep the traditions of this ancient craft alive and vibrant.

Timings & Refreshments

Coffee is available from 9.45am. The course starts at 10am and finishes at 4.30pm. Fresh ground coffee and a range of teas are provided all day, along with biscuits in the morning, a sandwich lunch and cake in the afternoon. SPECIAL DIETS: If you are vegetarian, please tell us when you book. If you have other special dietary needs/preferences, please see our terms and conditions for detailed information on the food provided.