Stained Glass Artist









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What is a Stained Glass Artist?

A Stained Glass Artist is a person who designs and creates pieces of art out of coloured glass that would replace a normal window.  The light coming through the colour glass creates a beautiful and unusual piece of art.

The most common place to find stained glass in the windows of a church.   However, these days, Stained Glass Artists have become quite fashionable and are designing and making items for residential and office spaces, for example:  lamp shades, internal doors, internal walls, or just pieces of fine art made up in coloured glass that can be hung on a wall or stand freely as a sculpture.

What does a Stained Glass Artist do?

  • discusses brief with the client/organisation
  • studies the shape and position of where the item will go
  • makes sketches for the client
  • makes a full size working pattern/template
  • cuts the glass according to the pattern
  • assembles all the piece glass in the right position
  • paints or stainis glass then fires it to ‘fix’ colours 
  • instals the completed piece

Are you … ?

  • good with your hands?
  • passionate about becoming a ‘glass’ artist?
  • a good drawer?
  • good with colour?
  • patient?
  • detail orientated?
  • self-motivated?
  • dedicated?

How do I become a Stained Glass Artist?


Is the only institution in SA which offers formal training in stained glass.

Here are a few private places where you can learn the skills of becoming a Stained Glass Artist:

  • STAINED GLASS ACADEMY:  (Bloemfontein)
  • DR ART GLASS STUDIO:  (Calitzdorp)



  • CLICK HERE to check for a training institution near you to see what they offer.
  • Make sure you understand their entry requirements for each course.
  • To avoid scams, make sure your institution is registered with the Department of Higher Education. 
  • CLICK HERE to check accredited Private Higher Education Institutions. 


OTHER CAREERS TO CONSIDER:  Fine Artist … or … Sculptor

Is becoming a Stained Glass Artist the right career choice for me?