(c) Stained Glass Museum



Claire Hart

Due to popular demand, we have created this new exciting Two Day Workshop offering you the opportunity to design, paint and lead a small stained glass panel. We hope you will be able to join us!

Suitable for age 18+

Please see below for further details. Enquiries about this workshop can be made by phone or email. See our contact page.

Upcoming Dates
For upcoming workshop dates visit our What's On page.

The Stained Glass Museum (Day One) and The Lighthouse Centre (Day Two), Ely


The Stained Glass Museum (Day One) is located in Ely Cathedral. It is accessed by a stone spiral staircase (40 stairs). As the Museum won’t be open when you arrive, please wait at the entrance door where someone will come and greet you and let you in. If this is your first visit to the Museum, our entrance is found through the main (west) door of the Cathedral and then turn right past the font.

The Lighthouse Centre (Day Two) is located at 13 Lynn Road, Ely CB7 4EG. Please wait at the entrance door where someone will come and greet you and let you in.

About the Workshop

Combine the technique of glass painting with leading to create your own unique piece of glass.

At this workshop you’ll work with an expert tutor who will guide you through the process of designing and painting your own glass panel using enamel glass paint, and forming a bigger artwork pieced together using lead.

Day One - the Glass Painting workshop (at The Stained Glass Museum in Ely Cathedral):

The Cathedral can be cold so please wear warm clothing and an overall. Light refreshments of tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided.

You begin the first day with your tutor by choosing your own panel design from a selection of patterns, known as ‘cartoons’. Then selecting the coloured glass for your painted areas, you will learn how to cut it to shape and your tutor will demonstrate how to size and score glass to make a break line, and how to grind the edges of the cut glass to achieve a precise shape. The remainder of the day will be spent learning how to apply the enamel paint using different paint techniques. Finished pieces will be kiln fired at intervals throughout the day.

Lunch: There will be an hour’s break for lunch. Ely benefits from many nearby cafes and sandwich shops or you can bring a packed lunch.

Day Two - the Leading workshop (at the Lighthouse Centre, 5 minutes from Ely Cathedral):

During the second day, you will learn the leading, glazing and soldering techniques that will enable you to assemble your cut glass pieces into a single stained glass panel. Your tutor will demonstrate how to frame your cartoon with wood laths, forming a matrix into which lead calmes and glass can be inserted. You will be taught how to cut lead calmes, and how to open up their central channel to accommodate cut glass. Once you have fixed all of your glass pieces in lead, you will be shown how to use a soldering iron to bond the joints of lead. If you would like to be able to hang your panel, your tutor will help you solder a fixture to the lead. This is the final stage of the workshop, after which you will be able to take your stained glass panel home to enjoy!

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided.

All materials (glass, lead, solder etc. are provided) and tools are available for the use of the participants, although you may prefer to bring your own. You will be taken through each step of the process of constructing a panel and have the opportunity to practise the techniques before completing your own panel.

Lunch: There will be an hour’s break for lunch. Ely benefits from many nearby cafes and sandwich shops or you can bring a packed lunch.

What to bring: You may like to wear old clothes or overalls.

Health & Safety: Please note that due to the lead content in the calmes and solder, this Two Day Workshop is not suitable if you are pregnant or breast feeding.

Cost: £250 per person for two-days, including all materials, equipment and tuition. Please note accommodation and meals are not included. Light refreshments of tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided.

Friends of the Museum receive 10% discount

Suitable for age 18+

How to book: Please contact us for further details or to book a place on this workshop.

Meet the Tutor

Claire Hart  (c) Stained Glass Museum

Claire Hart

Claire Hart studied Ceramics and Glass at Middlesex Poly in the mid 1980s completing her sandwich year at Goddard and Gibbs in London. She then moved into studio space at the Southbank Crafts Centre in London and exhibited her mixed media ceramic and leaded glass pieces at various galleries in the UK. After an IRA bomb removed the front window of her craft centre Claire moved north to establish a Stained Glass Studio in North London doing mainly residential commissions and restorations.
Now living in South Lincolnshire Claire has a small studio doing commissions and restorations and teaches a variety of glass and ceramic classes in Lincolnshire, Cambridgeshire area.

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Refunds & Cancellations

For cancellations made more than 28 days in advance we offer a full refund or one free date change.

For cancellations made between 14 and 28 days in advance we will offer a 50% refund or allow one free date change.

For cancellations made less than 14 days in advance we are unable to offer a refund or date change on workshop places, although you are welcome to transfer the booking to someone else.

If a date change has already been requested we cannot offer a refund on a subsequent cancellation.

We are unable to refund workshops paid for using workshops vouchers.

Please bear in mind that the Stained Glass Museum is a registered charity (No.1169842) and in order to operate successfully it’s important that we adhere to this policy.

Cancellation of courses by the Museum
Under rare or exceptional circumstances the Museum may have to cancel workshops. If a cancellation is necessary, we will do our utmost to contact you by phone or email as soon as possible before the workshop is held. You will be offered either a full refund or the option to transfer their booking to an alternative date/workshop. Please note The Stained Glass Museum is not liable for any costs associated with travel or accommodation. Please bear this in mind when booking travel or accommodation in advance.


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