Intermediate Stained Glass -- Not Currently Offered

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 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. Most participants will complete three to five small projects 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.

Enrollment: 6
Time: 6:00 - 8:30pm
Cost:  Patterns and glass will be provided by the instructor.
Location: Katherine Harper Hall Room 41

Registration will begin on the following dates and will remain open until three days before the class starts:

  • FALL SESSION: August 10 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. Registration for each class is open until the class fills or until three working days before the class begins, whichever comes first. If you miss the registration for this semester we hope you will consider taking this class the next time it is offered. Please contact Teri Reddick at to be added to the mailing list if you would like to be notified when new classes are offered.

Director: Kathy Copley,

Director Emeritus: Eric Reichard,, 828-773-2156

If you experience problems completing the registration, contact Teri Reddick at 828-262-2530 or email Teri Reddick at

If you need accommodations due to a disability, contact the Office of Disability Services at least two weeks prior to the beginning of your Craft Enrichment class. (828) 262-3056.

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