What you get
Intensive 1-to-1 training in a busy, working stained glass studio where you watch and practise core glass painting techniques – while real work goes on around you:
“… a superb experience: the best course I have ever been on” (Isobel Ackery, Sussex, England)
“… a remarkable time” (Svetlana Makarenko, Denmark)
Where you might come from to spend time and learn with us
People come to us from all over the world — from Peru, all over the USA, Israel, South Africa, Norway, Japan, New Zealand, Germany, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Holland, Taiwan, France, Kuwait, Singapore, Ireland and Italy.
The reason is, they learn a lot.
This page is not an advertisement: it is information about the kind of tailor-made stained glass painting course we can provide you with.
The main point is, we are very technique-focused, which isn’t right for everyone.
Is it right for you?
“Many thanks for an excellent two days – for the benefit of your many years of experience, plus your endless patience. The latter is a real gift and even comes through on your stained glass painting films” (Graham Eaton, Kent, England)
If it’s right for you – because you want to learn the techniques, and then develop them in your own way – then this is our proposal.
We teach because we want to teach …
… not because we must. The Williams & Byrne studio is always busy – projects scheduled for 18 months ahead at least. So we teach because we want to.
We make the time to teach because it gives us the chance to meet new people and pass on what we know.
Now back to you.
1-to-1, tailor-made training and demonstrations, one day or several. Plus you can also watch and see what’s happening in a busy, working studio. This is a true-life experience where you see things as they really are … the designs, the glass, the work-in-progress, the paints and work-benches.
We’ll agree an agenda with you. We’ll provide the designs, the glass, the brushes, the space for you to work.
And all along, you’ll get the agreed and specific full-time instruction from one of us – Stephen or David.
The unique experience you get from us
Here’s what makes your time with us unique and valuable to you:
- We show you techniques. This means you learn the fundamental skills.You can then develop these however you choose
- You’ll always get the personal attention you really need. There’s no waiting for the “tutor” to get free from the queue of other people he must see before he sees you! We’re always on hand
- You concentrate on glass painting and nothing else. No lead-work or glass-cutting is involved. This means you’ll improve your glass painting at an astonishing pace
- We supply lovely designs and cartoons for you to copy. Together we’ll pick designs that you’ll love and which will also move you on. We have a huge number of designs for you to choose from, such as medieval heads, ornamental quarries, animals, and decorative borders
- We don’t have a “template”. This means you get the training that’s exactly right for you
- We are experienced teachers. We believe in teaching, but we don’t need to teach, nor do we over-do it/repeat ourselves. This means we are awake and alive to the things you want or need to learn
- We keep in touch with you afterwards — ask us questions by e-mail and we answer your questions with the best information that we have
If this sounds good to you, then come and train with us, and you will learn a lot.
This training works best for people who have ‘known’ us for a while.
So for example you’ve followed the blog or get the newsletter, we’ve exchanged e-mails, maybe you’re watched our stained glass painting films or you’ve worked through our hugely popular e-book Glass Painting Techniques & Secrets from an English Stained Glass Studio.
The reason is, you need to know what you’re in for when you spend time here.
We’ll do our homework. It’s also important you do yours .
The basic line is: you know the kind of people we are and the kind of painting we do, and we know something about you and your interest (amateur or professional) in stained glass painting.
We will teach you better when we know as much as we can about where you want to go.
We want you to appreciate the importance of good technique, and it’s important you’re keen to improve your technique.
Also that you’re happy with a formal, structured offering from us.
You have good mobility in your upper-body. Also good eye-sight (with or without glasses).
The above points are all of them essential.
This is not emotional therapy or a healing exercise: it is hard work. This stained glass painting course is not ideal for anyone in search of “play time” to express themselves or explore their artistic identity. (These things are fine – but not these days you spend with us. At the end of your time with us, it’s important you do things hugely better than when you started.)
You do need to be fit, mobile and emotionally well-balanced – this is a working stained glass studio, with stairs and all the usual “hazards” of glass, lead, kilns and stairs.
Plus we are hard task-masters – we will not indulge you, we will work you hard so you leave here confident and skilful.
At the Williams & Byrne stained glass studio in Stanton Lacy, near Ludlow, in the county of Shropshire, England, United Kingdom.
To search by postcode (ZIP): SY8 2AE.
Here’s a map showing where the studio is in relation to Ludlow: See map of studio at Stanton Lacy and Ludlow
The cost for 1-to-1 teaching is £195 per day which includes 6 hours’ full-time teaching, your glass, your paint, firing, lunch and 20% VAT (sales tax).
Your travel to and from the studio, your accommodation and evening meals are not included.
When everything is agreed, you can either pay by cheque or money-transfer. Or we can e-mail you a PayPal request for the complete amount: you then pay through PayPal (you don’t need a PayPal account to do this).
Your payment is your booking.
The training people get here is special. Everyone who’s ever learned with us has had a exhausting, technique-packed and fantastic time.
Because we want to continue teaching, we have these terms:
- We will ONLY accept your booking if we are absolutely confident we can do what you want
- Your full payment IS your booking
- Once you book, you can request different dates, but we cannot guarantee that we will be free to teach you then
- We reserve the right not to refund any portion of your fee if you cancel and we cannot fill your place
- We reserve the right to charge a 50% cancellation fee to cover our administration costs
Our terms exist to allow the 2 of us to continue teaching 1-to-1 with our devoted attention to your wants and needs. You’ve seen the testimonials on this page: we have a lot to give you, and, if you book, we expect you to turn up on the agreed date.
“You are both excellent teachers and as I suspected prior to my visit, you are both masters at running workshops which engage and adapt to the people there.” (Chloe Uden, Exeter, England)
Write today for other details: click here to e-mail.
The studio is three miles from Ludlow.
You’ll need your own transport by car or taxi.
If you wish us to pick you up and return you to your B&B / hotel, we can do that for £5 to pick you up and £5 to take you back at the end of the day.
There are many different places where you can stay.
One option is: ring the Ludlow Tourist Information Centre and ask them to book you a suitable place. Their telephone number is +44 (0)1584 875053.
You also can search here.
Below is a list of different kinds of places.
Bed & Breakfast / Guest Houses (from £35 per person per night): The Mount (double en-suite and twin en-suite available from £45 per person per night), The Wheatsheaf – an old world pub in the heart of old Ludlow, The Hen & Chickens, nice place at 130 Corve Street, Acorn Place (highly recommended on two occasions), Cecil Guest House, The Merchant House, Henwick House, Branlea, Nelson Cottage. Also see Elm Lodge (highly recommended on two occasion) for self-catering or B&B.
Self-catering cottages and flats (by the week): Emily Place, Upper Linney, Balcony Flat, Ivy House, Frog Cottage, Posthorn Cottage, Mortimer Cottage, The Vineyard, The Mews Flat, The Bindery Flat, Drapers View
Two important points:
- We have no relationship with any of these businesses. In particular, we haven’t stayed with them and we do not get any commission for listing them
- It is your responsibility to find and book a place. We cannot make your booking for you. We put all our energy into teaching you
London has many airports e.g. Heathrow, Gatwick, Luton, Stanstead and the City Airport.
Nearer to us (but that is not a deciding criterion) is Birmingham International and John Lennon International (which is near Liverpool).
The nearest train station is Ludlow. It’s right in the centre of town. It’s three miles from the studio.
Note: Sunday train travel is often difficult in England.
Expert glass painting tuition from Williams & Byrne
The Williams & Byrne Stained Glass Studio, Shropshire, UK for exciting and technique-packed stained glass training.
“I admire your own unique works and feel honoured to have been taught by you both” (Sara Burns, Shropshire)
People travel far to learn with us.
“My students tell me how very kind you have been to them during their stay with you. I sincerely appreciate your generosity and courtesy” (Yasuhiro Muraoka, Kobe, Japan)
“Thank you for the wonderful time in your studio. Really enjoyed every second and learned so much. The beauty of this experience is that only after “digesting” the knowledge I gain, I begin to think of the many new possibilities now available to enhance my work” (Rami Zarchi, Israel)
“Thank you! I miss being with you: great company, lovely studio, and I did learn a lot” (Martine Bennett, California)
“Thank you so much for a great day. I learnt an enormous amount and feel completely inspired” (Lynsey Hayward, New Zealand)
Write today for other details: click here to e-mail us right now.
Please write with questions when you have them.
We’ll answer you in person, or we can fix a time to talk.