Stained glass courses are better than ever

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A HEBDEN Bridge craftsman is set to raise a different kind of glass this January.

Following a very successful 2011, during which 84 people have learned to make stained glass at Simcha Gallery, Bridge Mill, Hebden Bridge, Stephen Roper is increasing the range of courses he offers.

“I am expanding the courses to cover both lead came and Tiffany copper foil techniques,” he said.

“With these skills, many projects such as a leaded window, a contemporary mirror, an intricate jewellery box or even glass jewellery, can be made by complete beginners, or by intermediates, exploring the craft further.

“I myself am primarily a silver jewellery maker and, with self taught skills, have also loved making and selling quirky designs in both papier mache and stained glass for many years since university.

“My work has found its way into Liberty, Somerset House, the National Glass Centre in Sunderland, and Canterbury Cathedral Gallery.

“Teaching stained glass in Hebden has proved to be a great success because the relatively few tools and techniques involved enable students to become really accomplished and confident over the five weeks’ duration of each course, finally taking home a completed project.”

The courses run for five weeks on Tuesday evenings from 6.30 to 9pm and start on January 10, February 14 and March 20.

They are £95 for beginners with free materials provided, and £85 for intermediates, who, working on bigger projects, are supplied materials at cost price.

To book, telephone Stephen on 07967 750588, email ino@simchagallery.co.uk, or visit www.simchagallery.co.uk.