Oriel Glass Studio

Teaching & work with schools

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Helen is a Short Course Tutor at West Dean College near Chichester. She also runs occasional courses from her studio in Shropshire.

Stained Glass is a complicated medium requiring you to learn a number of essential skills; design, glass cutting, leading, soldering and cementing. Once you have mastered these and made your first leaded panel you may go on to learn how to sandblast, paint and stain the glass. All this can take time and a considerable amount of practice.  It is also quite an expensive hobby as materials and tools are costly -  you should be prepared for this!  Having said all that, glass is a wonderful medium and with some perseverance you should be able to make something of real beauty.

For individual or group tuition please contact Helen directly, preferably by telephone (01588 638940). Classes can be negotiated to suit your particular needs. Costs will obviously vary depending upon group numbers and the techniques you wish to cover - everything from simple glass mosaics, leaded windows or more advanced sandblasting and glass painting.


COURSES AT WEST DEAN COLLEGE nr. CHICHESTER (residential or non-residential)

Helen is a regular short course tutor at West Dean.  For full details visit www.westdean.org.uk 


Helen has considerable experience teaching stained glass and mosaics to people of all ages from primary school, through GCSE and A level.  She has also made a number of windows for schools either as autonomous commissions or working with students helping them to create their own work

>>  Glass painting by GCSE students at Sir John Lawes School, Hertfordshire

Primary Schools
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Children of all ages are entranced by the magic of coloured glass and suprised by how safe it is to handle when cut into small pieces.  Helen works with adult helpers to cut glass into tesserae which the children can then arrange to form sizeable mosaics.  Examples of these can be seen in a number of Hertfordshire Schools.

  • Garden Fields Primary school, St Albans
  • Manland Primary School, Harpenden
  • Kimpton Primary School, Kimpton
  • Sir John Lawes School, Harpenden
  • Abbey Primary School, St Albans

>>  Kimpton Primary School, Hertfordshire - glass mosaic under construction

Secondary Schools
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 As a progression from work done with primary schools, older children can be taught to cut glass themselves, again forming glass mosaics.  Helen has also worked with individual GCSE and A level students helping them with some of the more complex proceedures of cutting, and leading glass to make their own small panels.  In 2009 she completed an Arts week project with Sir John Lawes School in Harpenden where GCSE Art students were taught to paint glass prior to it being fired and incorporated in a large window for the school''s Science Department

>>  Completed window at Sir John Lawes School, Hertfordshire commemorating the bicentenary of Charles Darwin

Abbey Primary school, St Albans - mosaic window