november, 2024

2024sat30novsun01decStained Glass: Christmas Decorations (NOV/DEC DAY SCHOOL)£107 - Practical day creating festive glass decorations to display proudlyColeridge Community CollegeDay:Saturday,Sunday length of course: 2 days


November 30 (Saturday) 10:00 am - December 1 (Sunday) 4:00 pm


Coleridge Community College

Radegund Rd, Cambridge CB1 3RJ

length of course

2 days


Course details

Brief Description

Handmade Stained Glass Christmas decorations – what could be better!  Have you ever wondered how glass is made and put together? Here is your chance to try a unique glass technique called ‘copper foil’, invented by Louis Comfort Tiffany, which revolutionised the way that glass was made and put together. Small scale, delicate pieces can be made using this method. You will need a steady hand and lots of patience to learn this technique, but the results will be well worth the effort! You will create a unique and beautiful copper foil glass Christmas decoration using a combination of coloured glass and glass globs if desired.

During the first part of the day, we will concentrate upon working out how to cut, foil and solder glass together. Then you will create a suitable design and colour scheme for this project so that you will understand how to design your own piece in the future. From then on we will be using glass fragments to make a small scale Christmas Decoration. Templates will be provided on the first day.

Learning Outcomes:

The following will be covered during the course:

Design skills
Brief history of glass/makers
Glass cutting methods
Grinding & soldering
Copper foil technique
Health & safety

For the session you will need to bring:

  • Images for inspiration (although templates will be available); these should be drawings or photographs please (not images of glass)
  • An apron, which is fabric or plastic coated
  • A small wooden board
  • A glass cutter if you have one
  • An A4 sheet of glass (a clip frame from QD would be perfect!)) – this is for easy transportation of your glass piece
  • Blu tac (if you have it)
  • Bubble wrap or small towel (to transport the glass home)
  • A permanent pen – black/silver
  • Small scissors


Extra costs on the course:

Tools and specialist equipment will be provided.
Specific glass materials are NOT included in the course fee. Please bring the other materials specified above on your first session.

There will be a fee of £25 to cover the costs of equipment and glass payable to the tutor on the day.

On completion of this course, what might your next steps be?

Your tutor will advise you.
Adult Learn and Train offer courses through-out the year.
Try similar courses or maybe look at learning something completely new.
You will find provision on some Saturday and Sundays, you will also find courses available in the day and evening at different venues in Cambridge. Courses vary in length from one-off sessions to 10 weeks or more.


£107 – Please call the office on 01223 712340 to make payment by card or bank transfer


Lisa FretwellMy name is Lisa E Fretwell. I have been teaching art, glass and textile techniques for over 20 years. In the past, I have exhibited my work in New York, had a touring exhibition around the UK, and exhibited Gallery and non-Gallery venues in Hertfordshire, Leicester, London and Northamptonshire. I was involved involved in the publishing of a new book called ‘Antarctic Atlas,’ which includes my hand drawn illustrations. I am currently making hand drawn illustrated cards to create funding for a Hedgehog charity called Hoggywobbles in Cambridgeshire. Since 2012 I have been teaching Art History, Stained Glass and felt making in Cambridge. I sold some original illustrations with Bonham's Auctioneer's from our book, Antarctic Atlas, at St. Bride's Foundation, London in June 2023. I am now illustrating a new book entitled 'The penguin book of penguins' due to be published in 2025..

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