Cambridge Art Makers | Short Courses

As well as teaching two regular Stained Glass classes with us, Jill also offers short courses in copper foiled stained glass, glass fusing and glass slumping.

Copper Foiled Stained Glass

Copper foiling is a stained glass technique used, among other things, to create tiffany lampshades (unfortunately a day course is not enough to create a lampshade but you can make beautiful ornamental pieces!). We usually give our courses a theme to help inspire designs but you are free to be creative or base your designs on designs from Jill. Select from a variety of vibrant coloured glass pieces and learn how to cut, foil and solder your pieces to make charming flat or 3D pieces. You can create specific motifs or spontaneously join pretty pieces of glass that inspire you!

Glass Fusing

Glass fusing involves arranging and layering pieces of glass and other materials that are then melted together in a kiln to create designs. These courses offer the opportunity for participants to create small decorative items that could be made into jewellery or ornaments – 100 x 100mm maximum. By cutting and layering sheet glass and other materials you can create patterns and shapes that then blend according to the firing. For a day course the schedule is usually as follows; the morning usually focuses on learning about design, creating shapes, understanding materials that can be fused with the glass and ways of mounting glass for jewellery. The afternoon usually explores colour and how to incorporate all these elements into designs.

Glass Slumping

This is a form of glass fusing (above) that uses moulds to create shallow bowls and plate shaped glass pieces, 10-15 cm sq. Create your own designs by layering and placing different glass forms together with other materials. Our two day course usually follows the following schedule; the first session focuses on making tiles with two types of glass and using colour. The second focuses on using moulds to shape the tiles into dishes and on creating relief pictures.

Check the individual course details for specific information on each course.

These courses are suitable for all levels from beginner to experienced.

All materials are provided. Pieces made on fusing and slumping courses will need to be fired in our kiln. This is a long process so will not be completed during the day. Participants will be invited to collect their pieces at a future date or can request for them to be posted to them at an extra cost. This may take a number of weeks depending on the kiln space and kiln schedule. Details on this will be provided on a course basis.

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Tutor | Jill Fordham

Jill has worked as a locally based stained glass artist for 25 years. Her work includes taking commissions from private clients, exhibiting regularly and teaching, and she enjoys following her own inspiration as much as encouraging and inspiring other’s creativity. The glass techniques she works with are leading, copper foiling, fusing and slumping, and glass painting. A source of inspiration for many of her designs is capturing fluid forms, and using glass to recreate the way these forms are affected by light and she also like geometric patterns! Find out more on her website: Hurdy Gurdy Glass.

Sheila McDonald Enamelling with Cambridge Art Makers

Location | 6 Lintech Court, Linton, Cambridgeshire, CB21 4XN, ENGLAND

Transport | The workshop is a few miles south of Cambridge city and can be reached by the route 13 buses. Follow the signs to Linton Zoo!

Participant Guidelines | Please read our participant guidelines which can be found here

Covid-19 Guidelines | Please read our covid-19 guidelines which can be found here

Access | Please note that our kitchen and toilets are on the first floor up 1 flight of stairs. If this is going to pose a problem for you please email us at

Booking | Your reservation on a course is not complete until payment has been received.

Photos | We may take pictures during classes which may be used on our social media feeds and later in publicity. If you wish not to be in photographs please let the tutor and staff know at the start of the class.

Questions | if you have any questions or comments please email

Availability | No spaces left? Email us at to go on the waiting list.

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Other Upcoming Cambridge Art Makers’ Courses:

Creative Pattern Cutting – January-April 2021

Tue 12th Jan @ 14:00 - Tue 20th Apr @ 17:00

Sewcialising – January – April 2021

Tue 12th Jan @ 18:00 - Tue 20th Apr @ 21:00

Advanced Textiles & Mixed Media – January-April 2021

Tue 19th Jan @ 10:00 - Tue 20th Apr @ 13:00

Textiles & Mixed Media – January-April 2021

Wed 20th Jan @ 09:30 - Wed 21st Apr @ 12:30

Afternoon Stained Glass – January-April 2021

Thu 21st Jan @ 15:30 - Thu 22nd Apr @ 18:30

Evening Stained Glass – January-April 2021

Thu 21st Jan @ 19:15 - Thu 22nd Apr @ 21:15