The "course" was actually two 5 session courses that ran consecutively - the first was so good, we immediately booked onto the second - especially as it would mean getting another piece completed before Christmas.
Our tutor was Nicola Kantorowicz. She is sooooo talented, but more importantly very knowledgeable and a VERY good teacher. We learnt all the stages of making a leaded piece:
- selecting / designing a pattern
- choosing colours and glass types
- cutting the glass with glass cutters
- shaping and applying the lead
- cleaning and polishing
Our first attempts were made from patterns, glass and other materials from Nicola. Here they are!
Both of these pieces are very typical for us; Sian's is tranquil blues and greens and Simi's is bright primary colours...
For our second pieces we were encouraged to be more independent (!), come up with our own designs and go shopping! Luckily for us in Reading there is an amazing Stained Glass supplies shop - Reading Stained Glass (London Road, Reading).
We somehow decided we were much more advanced than we were and both chose really ambitious projects. Luckily (and we're still not sure how - although it involved a LOT of extra "at home" work) they turned out OK and we are really pleased with them!
Here are some photos of our works in progress......
|Grinding to get an exact fit... had to do a lot of this!!|
|Holding pieces in place whilst leading|
|Adding the cement|
|Working at Sian's as we were running out of time!|
|Simi's (Christmas present for her mum)|
|(Just noticed the finger smudges - Oops!!)|
|Sian's (for above a door in her own house!)|
If you're local, there are lots of courses on offer at Maiden Erlegh. You can visit their website here for more details. We are going to try handmade book binding next, and will probably end up back on another course with Nicola!