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 four applicants to allow me to provide each student with a high standard of hands-on tuition.

Dates for 2024

  • Friday 4th – Sunday 6th October 2024
  • One place remaining

If you would like to receive details of the course for 2025 as soon as they become available, please get in touch with me.

Course costs

The cost for the three days is £595; this includes the provision of all tools and materials required, plus fresh tea and coffee.

Course photos


The venue for the course is the Village Hall in Great Longstone, near 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.

Great Longstone Village Hall, Church Lane, Great Longstone, Bakewell, Derbyshire, DE45 1TB, United Kingdom

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Great Longstone Village Hall
Church Lane
Great Longstone
DE45 1TB


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

Course Bookings and itinerary

Download the course itinerary  and an application form 

The application form is an editable PDF file so you can fill it in and email it directly to me if you prefer not to post it.

Click here for 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 can provide you with a colour brochure detailing local accommodation and places to eat within the surrounding Peak District if needed.

Vouchers towards the cost of a place on the course can now be purchased, valued at £300, £400 or £565 (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.

Thanks very much for the course – it was great fun and I really enjoyed it.  You are a fantastic teacher.  Thank you very much for all your help and patience.  It was great learning something completely new and I love the pieces we made.

Tigger M, October 2023

I just want to thank you for your patient tuition on the recent course.  It was intense but I prefer that on a course.  You struck the right balance of explanation, demonstration and letting us get on with it.  I thoroughly enjoyed it and am quite proud of my first attempts at working with glass.  Both pieces are now hanging up and I fully intend to equip myself with all of the tools I will need to carry on with this.

Anne A, September 2019

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