Debora Coombs


Debora Coombs




Workshop: Creating Depth of Field in Stained Glass

Instructor: Debora Coombs


Class time: Session 24

Session 24: 3 day class - Wednesday, September 27th, 8:00AM - 5:00PM (with 1 hour lunch break)

AND Thursday, September 28th, 8:00AM - 5:00PM (with 1 hour lunch break),

AND Friday, September 29th, 8:00AM - 5:00PM (with 1 hour lunch break)



$530 USD


Materials fee:

$50 USD



Trinity: Mission Room - transportation included


Class level:

All levels welcome


Class Description:

Debora teaches how to create a sense of space and distance in stained glass in this three-day hands-on design and glasspainting workshop.

Students will learn how to paint on colored glass without losing transparency or sparkle. How to successfully manipulate the full transparency-opacity scale via glasspainting. And how to visually integrate lead and solder lines into a single cohesive image in stained glass.

Each student will paint and fire a pre-cut stained glass landscape. For the first firing, tracelines will be painted with non-conventional tools to provide students with a solid introduction to the Coombs Method of glasspainting with propylene glycol. For the second firing students will learn how to apply textures, non-traditional grounds, and controlled half-tones using Debora’s wet-matte technique.

The design component of this workshop includes hands-on group exercises to learn about the transparency-opacity scale, and cutlining (the placement of leadlines) in stained glass.

Students will learn different cutline styles by examining contemporary and historic painted stained glass.

Stained glass makers of all skill levels including beginners are welcome to apply. No drawing skills or previous glasspainting experience is required.


Debora Coombs

Debora Coombs’ award-winning stained glass has been exhibited, commissioned and collected internationally for over 30 years. A Fellow of the British Society of Master Glass Painters, the artist studied stained glass at Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland; University of Wales, Swansea; and received her Master’s degree from the Royal College of Art in London, England, 1985. An experienced educator, Coombs directed the glass department at Chelsea College of Art in London from 1994 to 1996. She has lectured and taught stained glass for professional associations and colleges including Pilchuck Glass School, Stained Glass Association of America, American Glass Guild, and the British Society of Master Glass Painters.

Geometry, color, and the projection of light have always been the foundation of Coombs' work in stained glass. Since 2013 she has been exploring mathematical projection as a way to understand shifts between dimensions of space.