Our history dates back to 1328 and our Royal Charter was originally granted by Charles l in 1638. Being dedicated to the preservation of stained glass and the skills necessary to produce this beautiful art form, our members range from highly skilled crafts people to those who simply enjoy an involvement in our worthy and important cause. We offer both individual and corporate membership packages with great benefits including opportunities to participate in events such as lectures and cultural events.

Continuing Professional Development Awards

Announcing Continuing Professional Development Awards

from The Worshipful Company of Glaziers and Painters of Glass 2017

The Worshipful Company of Glaziers and Painters of Glass is pleased to announce that once again they will offer two Continuing Professional Development Awards for the year 2017. The next deadline for entry is 31st January 2017.We would like to encourage you to apply. The aim of all the Glaziers’ Company’s awards is to raise standards of work within the craft, particularly in the U.K.,by offering additional learning experiences to enhance the skills of our craft workers.

Short duration Continuing Professional Development Awards help practitioners with at least five years’ working experience to broaden their professional skills, whether by moving towards the attainment of accredited status as conservators, or by developing their creative skills. These Awards are particularly aimed at professionals unable to leave their work for long periods. They can enable attendance at short courses, masterclasses or conferences.

As a charity The Foundation is obliged to consider favourably the most cost effective solutions to training needs, which usually means established courses.  However, if no appropriate course is available we will, of course, look favourably on bespoke, one to one, teaching alternatives with a training plan provided. Each award will offer up to £550 for tuition costs and £225 subsistence while learning.


You can find application details here.

Amended 5.1.17 Application Details for CPD Award 2017


Irene McBride, who won a CPD award in 2011 has the following to say about her experience

When I first learnt of the Worshipful Company’s Continuing Professional Development Award, I had already applied for and been accepted for Seattle glass artist, Cappy Thompson’s “Painting on Glass; Developing a Personal Iconography” master class at the North Lands Glass Centre, Caithness, Scotland. However the venture with tuition, travel and accommodation costs was going to be quite challenging, so when I learnt about this award I decided to make an application, never thinking that I would be fortunate enough to win it.

The class itself was fantastic. Cappy, her teaching assistant Jeff, my seven fellow students and North Land’s staff were all wonderful. The support, knowledge, technical and creative advice were first class.

The financial aspect of the award was so very important but the honour of being a recipient has also meant so much to me. As an artist working alone in a studio, I have been delighted to have my attitude, my work and my hopes recognised by this prestigious body. I am exceedingly grateful to the Worshipful Company and I have been inspired and encouraged by the whole experience.


Ray Taylor won the Arthur and Helen Davis Travelling Scholarship in 2012-13.  He travelled to England, Germany, Netherlands and France to research use of different types of glass in architecture.




Irene McBride working on a piece.

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