The traditional lead came method of stained glass creation had its first historical reference in 675 AD when Benedict Biscop imported workers from France to glaze the windows of the St. Peter monastery.
Found in churches, chapels, and homes throughout the world and throughout the ages, this intense and intricate method will continue to be revered and practiced for generations to come.
The lead came method is the most expensive and challenging method of stained glass. It’s most commonly practiced in professionals studios today. Students should expect a steep initial learning curve with the eventual payoff of speed in creating 2D windows.
If you’re a beginner or looking for stained glass to be your hobby, we suggest looking at our copper foil method masterclass.
Choose your pattern and register for this event at the bottom of this page.
Masterclasses are held in multiple sessions. Most students complete leaded projects in 3 – 4 sessions, each session is about 4 hours. Students set the pace and are given the freedom to move at the speed they feel comfortable.
10:00 am – 3:00 pm is typically reserved for our masterclass students on dates we hold classes. The first session is usually the shortest, you will pick glass and create your template.
All tools, materials, and supplies needed for the project are provided but…bring. your. glasses, seriously. Bring your readers or prescription glasses, you will be glad you did.
You will learn to complete a panel in the design of your choice using the copper foil or the “Tiffany” method of stained glass creation.
Patented by Sanford Bray on Sept 21, 1886, as “joining glass mosaics” this method soared in popularity throughout the early 1900s.
It gained notoriety with the help of Louis Comfort Tiffany’s incredible artwork and lamps showcasing what was possible in the medium.
Louis is the son of Charles Lewis Tiffany, the founder of Tiffany & Co. which still exists today. Because of this historical link, the method is often referred to as the “Tiffany” method.
You will not learn how to cut glass with your first project.
We have learned through experience, students have a much higher success rate when they can focus on mastering the medium before embarking on the journey of learning glass cutting.
Most students will take a glass cutting class after their first project and put it to use when completing their second project.
Leaded class projects are 14″ x 14″
We are happy to create custom designs. We charge a drawing fee in addition to the class fee for converting your ideas into a stained glass pattern. Class price will be determined by the design’s total number of pieces and size.
Contact us with your ideas, we are happy to discuss them!