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Course Title
Stained Glass Workshop


From antiquity to Tiffany, people have loved stained glass for it's great beauty and unique structural and symbolic importance. Learn how artists carry on this tradition in this course designed for beginner as well as experienced students.  Beginners will learn to cut, foil and lead solder, as well as learn about patina, pattern selection and transfer, and framing.  Experienced students will get advice and guidance on projects of their choice. The instructor teaches the American Style of stained glass techniques.


  • Create stained glass pieces using the techniques learned in class
  • Explore lamp making, reinforcing large projects, box making and beveled glass work
  • Discover how to “paint” with glass
  • Understand the math and science needed to work with stained glass


1. Session I

  • History of old world stained glass
  • History of American stained glass
  • Samples of American stained glass styles
  • Course and skills description
  • Materials list handout and usage description
  • Basic cuts demo and student participation

 2. Session II

  • Pattern and glass handout for sun-catcher                       
  • Review of basic cuts
  • Cutting sun-catcher
  • Demonstration of grinder use
  • Grinding of sun-catcher
  • Foiling techniques demonstration
  • Foiling of sun-catcher

3. Session III

  • Catch up help (grind, fit, foil)
  • Soldering demonstration
  • Soldering of sun-catchers
  • Finishing with add-ons
  • Patina demonstration
  • Picking of patterns for stained glass windows
  • Pattern transfer demo

4. Session IV   

  • Pattern work
  • Board assembly
  • Cutting of glass

5. Session V

  • Cut
  • Grind
  • Fold

6. Session VI

  • Review soldering
  • Assemble and solder project 

7. Session VII                              

  • Finish soldering
  • Framing demonstration (lead, zinc, brass)
  • Frame projects in lead came
  • Patina and polish windows

    8. Session VIII

  • Catch up help
  • Hints for future projects
  • Introduction to next level




Method of Instruction

Lecture, demonstration, hands on work


  • Exam: No
  • Demonstration of Skills: Completion of project
  • Class Participation: Required