I live in Herston, a hamlet sitting in a sheltered spot alongside Widewall Bay in South Ronaldsay, one of the beautiful islands that make up the county of Orkney. I have been making stained glass panels inspired by the Orkney scenery, nature and culture for the past 16 years and would like to share my passion with both locals and visitors to Orkney.
I have a selection of stained glass panels on display in my workshop which are for sale. Prices range from £10 to £300. The stained glass has to be seen to be fully appreciated and due to it's weight and fragility I am not currently offering an online/postal service for larger items, contact me on the form below if you would like a smaller piece posted. See my Facebook page for more examples of my work. But all visitors to my workshop will be made very welcome and can purchase any of these items and take them home, well wrapped.
Please use the contact form below if you would like to discuss a stained glass commission.
Join me for a fun filled half, one or two day course to learn the skills and use glass, lead and tools to make your own stained glass panel. These courses are suitable for ages 15 and over, and will suit all artistic abilities. You will have a creative and fun time ending with a great sense of satisfaction as you show off your work, ever afterwards! [See notice below for changes taking effect from 1st January 2024]
My workshop sits facing the sea in a sheltered garden. Adjacent is the cottage, which is about 200 years old and was once the cooperage for a thriving herring fishing fleet. It now has all modern amenities for the use of visitors to the workshop.
Knowing the vagaries of Orkney weather, a lovely sunny day for walking and exploring beaches may be followed by a squally gale filled day - just the day to enjoy a fun new activity. (Although Herston is a good place to enjoy the sun too!) So I am offering the courses on a flexible basis. You should book in advance, first come first served! Use the contact form below or call me.
I will demonstrate the techniques and work with you to design your small panel, show you how to cut the glass and lead, pin out the design for soldering, then grout and polish. You will have a wonderful memento from your day, together with notes and tips for continuing your new skills at home. This will be an intensive day, not a single dull minute! (Max. 2 students per course)
The two day course is a slightly more leisurely version of the one day course, but you can spend time creating your own more complex design to create a larger panel and learn more about the techniques and tools used in the time available. (Max. 2 students per course)
This half day course, for those with time constraints, gives you the opportunity to try your hand at copper foiling a small free form design. You will create a simple pattern, cut the glass, foil and solder the piece, adding a hanging loop and applying patina to make your own sun catcher.
These courses are designed as one to one courses, but if you would like to come along with a friend/partner the workshop can comfortably accommodate 2 students. There is a 25% discount on the course prices.
Parking space available. Pickup from public transport can be arranged. All materials, safety equipment etc, and refreshments provided. Just bring a packed lunch, comfortable clothing and shoes, (no open toed sandals!). If the weather is good we can eat lunch outside and watch out for seals.
See the Herston Stained Glass Facebook page for a series of videos showing the different processes involved in making stained glass, and lots more,,,
Workshop courses format and pricing structure changes from 1st January 2024
Workshops will run on Sundays only as follows: -
Designing and making
Copperfoil workshop (4 to 5 hours) £75 for one attendee, £135 for two attendees.
Lead came workshop (8 hours) £140 for one attendee, £250 for two attendees.
Choice of workshop template designs and making
Copperfoil workshop (3 to 4 hours) £65 for one attendee, £115 for two attendees.
Lead came workshop (7 to 8 hours) £125 for one attendee, £225 for two attendees.
10% discount for returning customers.
Half day course : one attendee £65 pp
Half day course : two attendees £50 pp
One day course : one attendee £125 pp
One day course : two attendees £95 pp
Two day course : one attendee £210 pp
Two day course : two attendees £160 pp
See **ATTENTION** above for workshop format and pricing changes from 1st January 2024
Telephone, message, email or use the contact form below providing details of the date or alternative dates you would like to attend a course, the number of attendees (one or two) and any special needs you have. If you provide a telephone number I can call you to discuss. I will respond asap
From St Margaret's Hope drive south along the main road and take the first road on right signposted to Herston. Follow road around bay to Herston (approx 2 miles). Craigflower Cottage is in the middle of the row of houses.
Public transport - bus to St Margaret's Hope and we will pick you up from Crommarty Square bus stop, by prior arrangement.
Please provide as much notice as possible if you are unable to attend any booked course. We will endeavour to re-book if a suitable alternative date is available. There is no cancellation fee.
Payment can be made in cash, by online invoice or by card at the start of the course. Payment in advance can be arranged if preferred.
Your name and contact details will only be used for the purpose of processing bookings and contacting you prior to the course. This data will be held on a password protected laptop, stored safely and securely. Data will be deleted on completion of the course. Your permission to use photographs will be sought at the time of taking them.
We love our customers, so feel free to visit if you are passing.
Craigflower Cottage, Herston, Orkney, KW17 2RH, United Kingdom
Opening hours Monday to Sunday, 10:00 to 16:00 for visitors to the workshop, unless there is a course in progress, when due to space constraints the workshop will be closed to visitors. BUT please check in advance in case I am away, see facebook post for weekly update of open days or call me.