july, 2021

2021wed28jul(jul 28)10:00 amthu29(jul 29)3:00 pmStained Glass 2 day Workshop: Copperfoil£80 - Practical workshop with expert tuition. Create your masterpiece in 2 days. Now Full Please Register Your Interest For September 2021Coleridge Community CollegeDay:Thursday,Wednesday length of course: 2 days


28 (Wednesday) 10:00 am - 29 (Thursday) 3:00 pm


Coleridge Community College

Radegund Rd, Cambridge CB1 3RJ

length of course

2 days


Course details

Brief Description

Have you ever wondered how glass is made and put together? Here is your chance to try a unique glass technique called ‘copperfoil,’ 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 in just a few days. 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 stained glass piece in just two days! 

Previous Experience and Knowledge Needed?

No experience necessary. Just lots of patience and a steady hand!

Learning Outcomes:

During the first part of the course we will concentrate upon working out suitable designs and colour scheme for a project. The following will be studied during the course:

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

You will learn how to create a design for a glass panel, cut glass, shape it using a grinding machine, copper foil it, and finally attach the fragments together using a soldering iron. 

You will learn through demonstrations and discussion. You will be given the opportunity to create your own design so that you will understand how to design your own piece in the future, or use my template. By the end of the two days, you will make a fun decorative piece using coloured and textured glass.

Extra costs on the course / you will need to provide:

  • Images for inspiration (not images of stained glass – photos or drawings please) 
  • 2 sheets of A4 paper 
  • a pencil, 
  • a rubber
  • a ruler
  • An apron, which is fabric or plastic coated
  • A pair of pliers 
  • 1 x A4 sheets of clear picture frame glass (Wilkinson’s clip frames are the best)
  • a pair of scissors 
  • a pair of grozing pliers (If you have them)
  • a permanent silver/black pen


Sequins, beads, buttons. Araldite or similar glue will be needed to affix these items to the glass.

Extra costs on the course:

Specific glass materials for the course will cost £15 which will be paid to the tutor at the start of the course. Tools will be provided except the ones listed above which you will need to bring with you on the first day.

Other Information:

The tutor has two grinding machines and 3 soldering irons so this class will have limited numbers so that waiting times to use equipment is kept to a minimum.

The College will adhere to Covid health and safety rules during this workshop. Please wear a mask upon entry to the College. Antibacterial Hand Gel will be at the entrance.

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

A follow on course in glass applique or such like. The tutor will advise you.
The Learn and Train office is able to give course information or search for alternative courses for you.


£80 – Please contact the office on 01223 712340 to pay with your card over the telephone. Enquiries to learnandtrain@cap.education


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. Recently, I have been 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 in Cambridge..


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