This beautiful art form is one of the oldest in the world and has hardly changed since the 12th century. Described as ‘craftsmanship with a fine art sensibility’, it is the closest thing to painting with light.
Students will learn how to prepare a project, cut shapes in glass, use lead, grind glass, solder, and master the finishing techniques to create a traditional panel. It is a unique opportunity to explore the craft and is open to adults of all abilities.
Course tutor Piotr Frac works with traditional methods but uses modern imagery to create his designs. Inspired by Japanese art and iconography, tattooing, and street art, he trained at the
elite ‘Opus Art’ college and the University of Silesia in the conservation and renovation of stained glass before moving on to learn the techniques required to create his own designs in
the UK. He recently collaborated with Hackney street artist ‘Stik’ to create a stained glass version of Stik’s print ‘Single Mum’. He’s been running stained glass-making courses at St John’s for over a year and loves passing on his extensive skills.