Stained Glass and Fused Glass 5 day Course

Be Inspired...

Learn and Create.



Join stained glass makers Rob Croudace and renowned guest tutor Keira Mclean (Gestalt Glass and RDW Glass, Glasgow) for our 5 day creative stained glass and warm glass course delivered in partnership with Kent Adult Education at Broadstairs Adult Education centre, Kent, July 21st to July 25th 2014.


Make your very own personalized stained glass!

Perfect for beginners and those with any experience, our course is a fun and supportive environment in which to be inspired, learn and create your own beautiful and personal glass work. Imagine how you will feel when you have made it all yourself!

The course begins with you getting plenty of hands-on experience practising glass working techniques using simple designs to develop the key skills. Afterwards, seek inspiration for your week ahead during our visits to exhilarating local historical and  contemporary stained glass in Ramsgate and Margate. Download your detailed weekly schedule here.

Explore your creative side with leaded stained glass, traditional glass painting, fusing and slumping glass. Create your own small projects in each technique which combine to create a larger design by the end of the week. Work from our suggestions or design your own stained glass to place in your home or garden- it’s your choice!

The course takes place at Broadstairs Adult Education centre with electric kilns onsite for firing your glass. The maximum class size is 12 students so you are sure of plenty 1-1 and small group guidance and support.

Be Inspired... Learn and Create!

  • Discover your hidden talents and explore your creative potential

  • Teaching tailored to your experience, learning style and aspirations

  • Enjoy a relaxed, friendly and supportive environment

  • Work alongside like-minded people

  • Learn for your own enjoyment or as a stepping stone to running a small business.



The course fee includes everything you need for the whole week:


  • A great array of glass materials for you to explore leaded stained glass, traditional hand painting, glass fusing and slumping to create your personalized textured glass

  • Use of all tools and protective clothing

  • Personal teaching tailored to your experience, learning style and aspirations

  • One-to-one advice in advance of the class on your projects

  • Two tutors for a maximum class size of twelve

  • Comprehensive material, tools and techniques information pack for you to keep

  • The price of all your kiln firings

  • A range of designs to work on and the chance to design your own projects

  • All your pieces to take home.

The course cost is £400.00 and all bookings and payments are made via the Kent Adult Education website.

25% deposit + seven monthly payments by standing order.


Download your free day-to-day stained glass & warm glass course schedule here! See everything you will do & the places we'll visit.

Day One- Learning- Tools and Techniques
The first day gives you plenty of hands-on experience and practice with all tools and techniques required for all the projects you make this week.

Morning (10AM - 12:30)

  • Overview of the course itinerary and day-by-day programme and chatting about all of your questions

  • Spend time familiarising yourself and practicing with glass, lead, tools, processes and techniques

  • Choose your favourite of 3 different designs to practice glass cutting- an essential technique for creating leaded stained and fused glass

  • We will also make some moulds to heat glass onto, creating patterned glass for your stained glass panels or simply as interesting pieces themselves

  • Enjoy hands-on practise at all stages in a relaxed and supportive learning environment. You’ll be confident and ready for the week ahead!

Afternoon (1PM - 5PM)

  • Start your ideas flowing with an introduction to the fascinating opportunities that glass fusing and slumping onto patterned moulds brings. We will spend time visiting the old stable block on-site where the electric kilns are located and some of your glass work this week comes to life! Test fire your practice pieces to see the effects traditional and contemporary techniques create with glass- there will be lots to inspire you here!


Day Two- Inspire your creative streak!
Here’s the day to really explore your creative ideas, designs and questions with three fantastic and inspiring onsite visits to three local stained glass sites:


  • Contemporary: We will have a personal guided tour of the incomparable Salmestone Grange Chapel in Margate, Kent by Thanet’s director of the National Association of Decorative & Fine Arts Societies. Experience John Trinick’s 1950s semiotic stained glass (influenced by Carl Jung) up close in its splendid glory.


  • Traditional: Explore Augustus Pugin’s wondrous St. Augustine’s Abbey enlivened with his stunning stained glass creations influenced by his lifelong desire for perfection. We will also visit Pugin’s grade 1 listed home ‘The Grange’ nextdoor where he designed much of his incredible stained glass. Ramsgate, Kent.


  • Historic: We will all end the day in The Artillery Arms, Ramsgate, where the hand painted stained glass by wounded soldiers in the Crimean War adorns the entire building’s front. A fantastic alehouse that should win an award for friendliness!

Day Three, Four and Five- Creation
Immerse yourself in the studio for the remainder of the week carrying on creating your own glass work.

Day Three (10AM - 5PM) In the studio

  • Spend time planning your glass work with our supportive guidance.

  • You can focus making one single glass piece incorporating coloured and hand painted glass with lead work, a fused glass project, a number of smaller glass pieces across all the techniques we will try or make a smaller leaded glass panel combining coloured and painted glass and fused pieces. The choice is yours... let’s get making!


Day Four (10AM - 5PM) In the studio

  • Morning- Head into the studio to carry on with your project or feel free to take some time out exploring the wonderful towns and coastline of Margate, Ramsgate or Broadstairs.

  • Afternoon- Enjoy constructing your glass work using all the pieces you’ve created so far.


Day Five (10AM - 4PM) In the studio

Completing your projects

  • You will have plenty of time on Friday to complete your projects and towards the end of the session we will share some of the techniques of designing and mounting larger stained glass panels. We will also give advice on transporting your pieces, mounting them and illuminating them so you can show your wonderful work off to everyone to full effect!


  • Everything you make you take home safely.


  • At the end of the day everyone is invited to join us for a drink in The Four Candles pub nextdoor to celebrate working so hard!

Feel free to get in touch with questions about any aspect of the course. We look forward to meeting you in Broadstairs!

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