april, 2023

2023mon03apr(apr 3)10:00 amwed05(apr 5)4:00 pmStained Glass: Sun Catcher (EASTER SCHOOL)£207 - join this workshop with small class numbers and learn the art of Stained GlassColeridge Community CollegeDay:Monday,Tuesday,Wednesday length of course: 3 days


3 (Monday) 10:00 am - 5 (Wednesday) 4:00 pm


Coleridge Community College

Radegund Rd, Cambridge CB1 3RJ

length of course

3 days


Course details

Brief description

This stained glass course will run for 3 consecutive days; on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday.

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 three days!

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
  • Health & safety
  • Brief history of glass/makers
  • Copperfoil technique
  • Soldering skills

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. By the end of the two days, you will make a fun decorative piece using a combination of glass, wire, and glass globs if desired.


  • Images for inspiration (essential)
  • a pencil, a rubber and ruler (also available in centre)
  • An apron, which is fabric or plastic coated
  • A glass cutter (if you have one)
  • An empty margarine pot
  • 1 x A4 sheets of clear picture frame glass (Wilkinson’s clip frames are the best)
  • a pair of scissors (also available in centre)
  • a permanent silver/black pen
  • Optional:Sequins, beads, buttons. Araldite or similar glue will be needed to affix these items to the glass
  • Please also bring a packed lunch each day


Tools and equipment will be provided.
Materials are NOT included in the course fee; There will be a fee of £20 to cover the costs of equipment and glass payable to the tutor on the first day.
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 and sanitize your hands regularly. Thank you.


£207 – To book your place call the office on 01223 712340


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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