These introductory stained glass courses focus on the practical aspects of design, glass cutting and soldering with a view to completing your own small project using traditional leading techniques. They are designed for people with little or no previous experience of the craft.

This video gives you an idea of how the course is setup. Each three-day course will be limited to five applicants to allow me to provide each student with a high standard of hands-on tuition.

I would highly recommend attending this course. Having had no previous experience of working with stained glass panels, I was apprehensive about what could be achieved over three days. I was delighted to complete a panel of a landscape, as well as a smaller copper foil project, to take home. Dave is a patient and encouraging teacher, providing invaluable advice, technical expertise and encouragement whenever needed. The course is very well structured, and the setting adds to the appeal. His wife ensured we were provided with lunch (much appreciated!). The course has given me a good foundation from which to consider further projects. Dave encourages an individual approach, reflected in the range of styles of the participants on the course I attended. His enthusiasm and and support throughout the course ensured an instructive and enjoyable experience!

Jana B, September 2017

Course Costs

The cost for the three days is £425; this includes the provision of all tools and materials required, plus fresh tea and coffee.

Course Photos

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The venue for the courses is the Friend’s Meeting House in Bakewell. A central location in the heart of the Peak District, this location provides easy access to sights such as Chatsworth House should you wish to combine the course with a stay in the Peaks.

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Friends Meeting House
Chapel Row, Matlock Str
DE45 1EL

Tel: 01629 582122


Bakewell is accessible by Sunday morning bus services from Matlock, Buxton, Sheffield and Chesterfield. From centre of Bakewell, go south on A6 [Matlock Street]. Turn down Chapel Lane beside Methodist Church. Limited car parking in courtyard. Nearest car park in Granby Road.


Wheelchair access: Yes
Hearing loop: Yes
Wheelchair accessible toilet: Yes
Parking: Yes (limited)

What I loved about the course: Receiving a welcoming pre-course email, I was asked to think about colours and design beforehand, the course was appropriate for beginners and for those with some experience, there was a good selection of glass, the environment was supportive with helpful advice and comments, the venue, flexible timings and the tea and biscuits!

Jean G, April 2017

I recently attended the 3-day course with no experience, only a vague idea of designs and no idea of my capabilities.
Dave (and his delightful partner Cheryl who kept us fed and watered) could not have been any more likeable ! He was a brilliant teacher with meticulous instruction, top quality equipment, and an impressive range of assorted glasses to suit all and the patience of a saint. The venue is first class in all respects in beautiful part of the County . We were all sad to depart but totally thrilled at what we had produced and the standard we had attained. I can highly recommend this course.”

Alison P, April 2016

Course Bookings and itinerary

Download the course itinerary p and an application form p

Click here for the full itinerary

Introductory Stained Glass Course Itinerary

The itinerary given below is designed as a guide to how the stained glass course will progress. There has to be flexibility as different people work at different paces, and some projects will take longer than others.

Day One: 
9.30am to 12.30pm
Introduction to design
Creating your own design
2.00pm to 5.00pm (approximate finishing time, depending on progress)
Creating your own design
Introduction to tools, glass types and cutting
Glass cutting practice
Selection of glass and cutting for your own panel

Day Two:
The busiest day…
9.30am to 12.30pm
Introduction to traditional leadwork technique
Leading up and soldering practice
Leading up and soldering your own panel
2.00pm to 6.00pm (approximate finishing time). Depending on how everyone progresses Saturday can sometimes run over into the evening, it can be a longer day.
Leading up and soldering your own panel
Cementing and drying overnight.

Day Three:
9.30am to 12.30pm
Introduction to alternative techniques such as copperfoiling
Cleaning and polishing leaded panel
Finish up
2.00pm to 4.00pm

Course conclusion

Expressions of interest for courses are welcome. I can then forward detailed course information and an application form, either by post or email. Once a booking has been made I will also provide you with a colour brochure detailing local accommodation and places to eat within the surrounding Peak District.

Vouchers towards the cost of a place on the course can now be purchased, valued at £100, £200 or £425 (the full cost of the course). These are designed for someone you know who would love to do a course in stained glass, and they make an ideal present. If you’d like to order one then please contact me via the Contact page.

Dates for 2019

  • Friday April 12th – Sunday April 14th
  • Friday September 20th – Sunday September 22nd

If you would like to receive more details of these forthcoming courses, please get in touch with me.