‘Traditional glass painting’ is the application of ‘trace paint’ – usually a black/dark grey powder, applied using a liquid binder that, when fired in a kiln, enables stained glass windows to create detail and shading for hands/faces/eyes etc.

Application and firing of glass with ‘silver stain’ imparts a yellowy colour to glass (from lemon to deep ochre, dependent upon temperature and the specific stain) offering the potential for a second colour within a single or ‘no colour’ piece of glass.

The firing or fixing of the paint is performed by heating the glass in a kiln – which, allowing for the heatup/cool down cycle of several hours, cannot be completed within a single course day – so would be fired overnight.


In order for attendees to experiment with silver stain, (which requires a second firing), sample pieces of already fired trace painted pieces will be available.


The course covers:


  • design basics and preparation
  • selection and preparation of glass (including identifying the ‘tinned side’ of float glass)
  • types of brushes/tools to apply trace paint (and to selectively remove it)
  • preparation and mix of glass ‘trace’ paint
  • brush techniques of outlining, washing and shading
  • use of silver stain
  • kiln firing – temperatures and program considerations
Work will be fired overnight, (typically a 6-8 hour kiln cycle) and available for collection or postage (at cost plus a modest p&p charge, dependent upon the size/weight).
The course includes a light lunch, refreshments and ‘aide memoire’ notes to take home.


The next TGP1 course currently available:   

 Saturday 22 April 2017  [2 places],  £90 per person including materials, a light lunch and refreshments.

Please contact me for information and booking (Click here)