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        Courses in Stained Glass and Fused glass techniques in the Glasshouse Studio, Westport, Ireland.

        Everything  pictured on this page has been made by ordinary people who came for a weekend course, not artists or professionals. You too can make something to be proud of…..and you could become a professional!

        About the courses

        In all the courses my desire is that you leave, at the end of the weekend, with stunning glass items, and a head full of skills and glass plans!
        I try to make sure everyone gets the most out of the small group and the whole weekend, and the feedback certainly does suggest that people really enjoy themselves and get a great feeling of ‘time out’ away from the rest of life.
        There are bonuses; lots of laughter, loads of new ideas, connections made as well as the wealth of information about glass! Most participants are beginners, some people return to make a special project eg. a window for the house, a lampshade, a fused plate.
        Groups are small (usually 6 to 8 participants) to ensure you can work at your own speed, learning from each other throughout the course. You will quickly find out how good coloured glass looks when the light shines though it and you’ll be surprised at what skills you develop as your enthusiasm grows.
        Booking is essential. Cancellation up to 4 wks before course, return of 100% of fee or another course, after that 50%
        refund up to two weeks prior to the course when it then becomes nonrefundable (unless you find a replacement!).
        Fully insured.

        Fused Glass Weekends €270

        Learn about ; compatibility, slumping (melting into a mould), fibre paper indents, opaque/transparent colours, jewellery, dichroic glass, pattern bars….and much more.
        A weekend: time enough to get some small pieces into and out of the kiln, so you can marvel at the effects and get excited about repeating the bits you like.
        This course is about layering glass pieces and melting them together in the kiln and all the exciting ways you can do this.
        You don’t have to get hot!   Cost includes all materials.

        Fused Glass 4 day course €480

        This gives you time to really get into the ‘zone’ of thinking about fusion effects and planning your pieces. You get lots of opportunity to make many pieces.

        Stained Glass Weekend €250.

        The course begins with a demonstration of glass cutting, a key skill you will practice throughout the weekend.  You will learn the copper foil or the leading (lead light) technique which you will use to make a small straight-line design, then a more complex one and on the second day make a larger piece (a bit bigger than A4). Throughout the 2 days I will tell you about the different kinds of glass there are, about other methods of manipulating glass and give you probably miles too much information! Materials included. All finished pieces are yours!

        Advanced Stained Glass Weekend €250.

        This course is for people who already have stained glass making skills and want to learn more about learning advanced techniques rather than making a big panel.
        Topics include:

        revision of lead assembly
        reinforcing lead or copper foil panels. When to and how to.
        mending broken lead lights or foiled pieces.
        design drawbacks.
        framing and hanging
        elementary painting in black
        consideration of any questions you bring with you!