The Stained
Glass Museum

Glass Painting Workshops

One Day Glass Painting Workshops with Pippa Blackall

2019 Dates coming soon!

We were recently featured in the Sunday Telegraph which highlights the days activities. Please click the link to read about their experience of the day.


About the Workshop

The workshop will have a maximum of six students, allowing for ample individual as well as group tuition.

Examples from previous Painting workshopsIn the morning you will learn 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 fired at the end of the morning session.

During the afternoon participants apply more layers of paint to develop the image and in using silver-stain, a material that imparts a yellow colour to the glass when fired. There will be a second firing and students will take home a finished piece.

The Cathedral can be cold so please wear warm clothing and an overall. Tea and coffee will be provided. It would be useful if you could let us know if you have had any previous experience. Please feel free to bring your own designs. Lunch: There will be an hour’s break for lunch. There are many nearby cafes and sandwich shops or you can bring a packed lunch.

Cost: £90 per person including materials, equipment and tuition

(Friends of the Museum receive 10% discount)

Please ring or email workshops at The Museum for further details.


Meet the Artist: Pippa Blackall

Pippa's career in stained glass has now spanned more than 30 years and began with her having the great good fortune to be trained by Francis Spear, one of the leading stained glass Artist-Craftsman of the 20th century. Through his charismatic teaching and support together with awards of national competition wins from the 'Worshipful Company of Glaziers and Painters of Glass', she was given confidence to pursue a personal freelance approach to my work.
She also acquired a love of heraldry from her distinguished teacher in the subject, Anthony Wood, and always enjoy it and her favourite periods of art are Byzantine and Romanesque which means travelling to Greece and France whenever possible.
Finally, while new work is her first love, she has always undertaken glass painting for clients who specialise in restoration.
Currently a tutor and artist in residence at the Stained Glass Museum, Ely, her recent commissions include a window for St Edmundsbury Cathedral, an east window for SS Peter and Paul Alpheton, Suffolk, an east window for St John the Baptist parish church, Mileham, Norfolk and chapel windows for Treloar College in Hampshire. The Mileham window was featured on BBC's Songs of Praise on 29th May, 2005.



The Stained Glass Museum 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.

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.
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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