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Ardington School of CraftsDoorway
Stained Glass with Traditional Glass Painting
Course Dates: Thursday 2nd November 2017 to Friday 3rd November 2017
Category: Glass & Stone
Price: £160

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Design and make a stained glass panel that includes painted kiln-fired pieces. Emphasis will be placed on glass painting techniques. Traditional glass paint is a black medium applied to the surface of coloured glass and kiln-fired. It is used to create patterns and textures which are independent of the lead line.

Further Detail

We will begin by looking at how to prepare and use glass paint, producing samples of patterns and textures. Glass paint is applied to the glass surface and when dry, removed with sticks and brushes to reveal the glass colour. By covering the glass in paint you create a smooth matt of dark paint which is then brushed away to create texture and pattern on the glass. Using a simple paper stencil you can also draw black silhouettes on the glass; making outlines of decorative motifs such as flowers, leaves, a tree or stars. The possibilities are endless.

You will learn how to adapt a design into a suitable cutline template, prepare a glass easel and work independently to cut coloured glass to fit the template. Time will be spent working with paint to create your desired images, patterns and textures.

Your painted glass pieces will be kiln-fired overnight. The next day will be spent working with lead to assemble the pieces into a panel which will be soldered and cemented to finish.

If there is time on the second day, you may paint some more pieces which will be fired and then delivered back to the school for collection.

Tuition will be through group demonstrations and individual guidance.

Skills/Techniques Covered

Glass Painting:

  • mixing glass paint and using it safely
  • using and caring for brushes correctly
  • making a smooth matt, a stippled matt and a graduated wash
  • pattern and mark-making in the painted surface
Glass Work:
  • adapting a design into a cutline/template
  • using the cutline as a cartoon to suggest where painted details will be included
  • preparing and using a glass easel
  • cutting glass 
  • glazing panels together using lead 
  • soldering and cementing the panel to finish


Suitable for all levels of ability, including beginners. Good manual dexterity is required.


Materials are not included in your course fee. Materials will be provided by the tutor and students will be charged according to the number of panels they make.

A suitable panel size for this class is approximately A4 and will cost £25.

There will also be a £10 charge for the use of glass paint, specialist brushes and kiln firings.

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

The items you will need to bring with you are listed below.

Please bring with you:

  • a small hammer, only if you have one
  • an apron and rubber gloves for cementing

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.


Glass paint contains lead and is potentially harmful. You are advised to wear a paper face mask to prevent inhalation of dust. The tutor will provide face masks and protective gloves.

This course is not suitable for pregnant women, anyone who might be pregnant or nursing mothers.

Please wear closed-toe shoes.

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 5pm on the first day and 4pm on the second day. 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.