Stained and Coloured Glass Workshop

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Date(s) - 13/07/2022
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Bridlington Priory Church


The monastic Priory must have been a hive of craft activity in stone, wood, glass and much more. To commemorate this, Priory 900 organized a series of workshops on alternate Saturdays throughout the season. Each workshop offered a small group the chance to work with an expert to practise some of the skills involved.

Workshop Tutor: Andrew Brepi and Wendy Cook

Stained-glass windows have been admired for their utility and beauty since ancient Rome, when pieces of coloured glass were assembled into patterned window frames. In Europe, the art of stained glass reached its height between 1150 and 1500, when magnificent windows were created for great cathedrals.

Most of what is known about medieval stained-glass making comes from a twelfth-century German monk who called himself Theophilus. An artist and metalworker himself, Theophilus described in his text, On Diverse Arts, how he carefully studied glaziers and glass painters at work in order to provide detailed directions for creating windows of “inestimable beauty.”

The basic ingredients for making glass are sand and wood ash (potash). The mixture is melted into liquid which, when cooled, becomes glass. A window’s pictorial image is created by arranging the different pieces of colored glass over the design drawn on a piece of board. If fine details such as shadows or outlines are required, the artist paints them on the glass with black paint.

Andrew Brepi and Wendy Cook are from Lazenby Stained Glass , a traditional stained glass window manufacturer originally established in 1884 by William Lazenby. Generations later, his great granddaughter Valerie Green practised this skilful craft for over 30 years at the Stained Glass Centre in Scarborough. Today, Andrew Brepi continues this wonderful trade after over 20 years of mastering the craft under Valerie Green. He injects new life into this timeless art with his unique ideas and designs, whilst maintaining the traditional ethos of his predecessors.

The Aims of the Workshop
Participants learnt basic glass cutting and leading skills and made a small leaded panel. They also learnt to use a glass cutter skilfully, to lead the glass, solder, cement and clean the panel.

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