This class was exceptional! I decided to do this class because I had never done anything like it before, and I absolutely loved it. I'm so pleased I decided to do it in the end. I was learning from Aimee, who is clearly an extraordinarily talented artist, in the very studio she works in. The venue was really cool, a huge industrial conversion filled with artists studios of all shaped and sizes. Aimee had very much made it her own, she even had her own little tea and coffee making station. My class was actually a one-on-one, but it wasn't awkward at all, as Aimee herself is really personable and the art is completely all consuming. I went in a complete, disastrous beginner. I knew nothing about stained-glass at all, other than what I'd seen in the odd church here and there. Aimee took the whole thing in her stride, even when I revealed I hadn't pre-planned my design. I wanted to steer away from the chosen colours she'd laid out as well, but she made an effort out find me some extra pieces in different colours and textures, so that I had exactly what I wanted. I really fell in love with the whole thing was when Aimee told me that my stained-glass window would last forever. The thought of having something that I've made, passed on to my kids and grand-kids made me realise the investment was well worth it! I also loved the fact that now, when I see a stained glass window, I'll look at it so much differently, looking at how they composed it. Aimee informed me on some history, she told me all about the commissions she has done and told me a great story about the man she learned the art of stained-glass from in Scotland. She was clearly really passionate about it, and it really rubbed off on me in a way I wasn't expecting! A really brilliant teacher.My finished piece is sat pride of place on my potting shelves outside, it looks glorious and on a sunny day really stands out in my garden! I absolutely love it. Thanks Aimee - and to anyone thinking about going on this class - you have to do it!
I had great fun making my own stained glass panel with Aimee's help. Being quite clumsy when it comes to doing crafty things, I was unsure if I would be able to produce a good-looking piece, but Aimee is very patient and helpful, and I'm super pleased with the result. It was quite an intense day (making stained glass is hard work!) but also very satisfying.
I have always wanted to give stained glass a try but never really knew how to give it a go. I loved this class, Aimee was really friendly and encouraging and took us through the steps in a very clear way.She was very supportive and genuinely excited by our first attempts at making something from scratch. We ended up with our own completely individual pieces of stained glass work and a massive sense of accomplishment. Can't recommend it enough, thank you.
Aimee McCulloch's stained glass for beginners class was an absolute joy from start to finish! It's an opportunity to work with someone who really knows her stuff and is more than happy to share her knowledge and infectious enthusiasm. She is encouraging and will guide and lend a helping hand where necessary, but she also just lets you run with it as your confidence in the process grows.
I had never worked with glass before and I came away from the class with not only a finished object at a standard beyond my expectations, but also really excited and fired up and full of ideas for other designs and the desire to see them realised. [Now, unfortunately I don't currently have a suitable space to pursue this, but you could definitely work all sorts of stained glass magic on a kitchen table (or other horizontal surface that you can temporarily hammer horseshoe nails into--don't be put off thinking it's too specialised a craft!).]
It was a wonderful, very satisfying experience and I recommend Aimee's classes unreservedly. Go for it!