(c) Stained Glass Museum



with Derek Hunt and Claire Hart

Due to popular demand, we have created this new Two Day Workshop, combining Glass Painting and Leading & Glazing. We hope you will be able to join us!

Suitable for age 18+

Please see below for further details. Enquiries about booking 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 Old Dispensary (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 Old Dispensary (Day Two) is located in Ely, 13 St Marys Street opposite a short stay car park. Please wait at the entrance door where someone will come and greet you and let you in.

About the Workshop

Combine the traditional skills of glass painting & leading to create your own unique piece of glass.

At this workshop you’ll work with two different expert tutors who will guide you through the process of designing and painting your own painted glass panel, which will form the centre piece of a larger leaded glass panel you’ll take home with you at the end of the two days. This unique workshop will take place in two historic buildings in Ely, firstly the museum located within the magnificent Ely Cathedral, after which you’ll head to the historic Old Dispensary, opened in 1865 to serve the people of Ely.

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 will begin in the morning learning the techniques of painting on glass using traditional paint and a variety of brushes. These techniques include tracing and matting, learning to control the paint to produce a confident trace-line and using different brushes to make a smooth and even matt. You will also work with a variety of brushes, sticks, quills, sponges, feathers etc to create different decorative effects in both wet and dry matts and to learn the techniques of shading. The glass will be kiln fired at the end of the morning session.

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.

After your lunch break, the afternoon session starts with participants applying more layers of paint to develop the image and using silver-stain, a material that imparts a yellow colour to the glass when fired. There will be then a second firing and students will take away a finished piece, ready for day two.

Please note: Stained glass is coloured at the manufacturing stage and this workshop allows you to work with the different techniques of applying the painting and silver stain. Apart from the silver stain no coloured glass or coloured paint is used in this process.

Day Two - the Leading and Glazing workshop (at the Old Dispensary, 5 minutes from Ely Cathedral):

Tea, coffee and biscuits will be provided.

You will be given an introduction to the techniques employed in the manufacture of an ornamental leaded panel of about 12" x 12" including your painted glass panel from the previous day’s workshop.

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 will have the opportunity to practise the techniques before completing your own panel.

The morning will be primarily spent learning to cut glass along cutlines provided.

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.

Then following your lunch break, and once all your glass pieces are cut to size and shape, you will then be taught how to piece them together using lead joints and solder. Your final leaded and soldered panel incorporating your painted glass will be ready to take home with you at the end of the second day.

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

Health & Safety: Please note that due to the lead content in the glass paint and solder, this two day workshop is not suitable if you are pregnant or breast feeding.]

Cost: £190 per person for two-days, including all materials, equipment and tuition. Please note accommodation and meals are not included. Tea and coffee 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 Tutors

Derek Hunt  (c) Stained Glass Museum

Derek Hunt

Derek Hunt is a renowned British glass artist who designs glass artworks for public spaces, including libraries, schools, hospitals, theatres, and churches. He works with sculptural objects which can be hung on wires or fixed to walls, and also makes traditional stained glass.
Every project is unique, with a focus on collaboration and community engagement being at the heart of many commissions. Derek contributes articles on contemporary stained glass to a variety of publications and lectures on architectural glass.

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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