Beginning and Intermediate Stained Glass

This workshop suits the needs of beginning stained glass enthusiasts and those who want to refresh their stained glass skills while creating some new projects. There will also be special projects for more experienced students ready to progress with new techniques. This workshop provides an opportunity for fun, fellowship, and creativity for students of all levels. Come and join the group!

Beginning participants will be introduced to the basic stained glass terminology and skills: glass safety, preparing a project pattern, scoring and breaking out of stained glass, making a jig, grinding cut glass pieces to fit the pattern being used and to remove sharp edges, washing the glass pieces, wrapping glass pieces in copper foil, soldering the pieces together and cleaning/polishing the project. Approximately three to five small projects will be completed by most participants by the end of the workshop. Patterns and glass will be provided by the instructor.

For experienced students, skills such as soldering will be honed to make the piece look more attractive when it is finished. More difficult patterns will be available to choose from and tips learned from 25 years of doing the craft will be happily passed along to make your experience one of growth in the knowledge of the craft.

Instructor:  Valerie Somers
Enrollment: 6
Dates: Tuesdays September 16, - October 21 , 2014
Time: 6:00 - 8:30pm
Cost: $175.00
Location: Katherine Harper Hall Room 41

Registration will begin on the following dates, and remain open until this class start date, or until this class reaches capacity:

  • FALL SESSION: August 1 at noon
  • SPRING SESSION: December 1 at noon
  • SUMMER SESSION: May 1 at noon

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PLEASE NOTE: You may cancel a craft class up to two weeks before the class begins, with a $30 cancellation fee assessed. No refunds are allowed within two weeks of the start date, nor after the class begins.

Valerie Somers, a long-time Ashe County resident, learned the craft of stained glass as a hobbyist while on sabbatical in her native Canada in 1989. Over the years, with many hours devoted to the world of light, color and intricate texture, her hobby was transformed into an artistic vocation and she decided to open her own studio where she taught classes and worked on her passion. Ms. Somers has since developed a body of commissioned stained glass, gifted work and retail pieces that now adorn homes across the United States and Canada.


PLEASE NOTE: Most classes meet over multiple weeks. If space is available, instructors are often able to add new students at the second class of a multi-week class. Please contact Eric Reichard to inquire if you can join a class late. If a class is beyond the second class meeting, contact Ashley Haass to be added to the mailing list. Contact information is at the bottom of the page.

Director: Eric Reichard, 828-262-6360

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