Craft experiences in demand for self-nurturing qualities

My husband Chris Dodd and I (Justine) run Cariad Glass in Llandysul and 2019 is an important year for us! It’s the studio’s ten year anniversary this year, a whole decade since the start of Cariad Glass, a traditional stained glass studio specialising in tuition, commission and restoration work.

During that time, we’ve seen lots of changes  – we moved to a much larger studio space five years ago, and with this new space came the opportunity to teach the fascinating art of stained glass to small classes of enthusiastic pupils.


Justine – Cariad Glass

The demand for a ‘hands on’ experience

As well as being a practical day of learning new skills and taking home a beautiful piece of stained glass or mosaic at the end of the day, classes serve another really important purpose.

I have been organising the classes since we started teaching 4 years ago, and we’ve noticed a huge upturn in people wanting to have an ‘experience’.

It is so rewarding to teach mums and daughters, husbands and wives, sisters, work colleagues and friends as well as individual pupils – we really have noticed that lots of people who come to our courses do so because they want to have a ‘hands on’ experience, and all of them come away feeling fulfilled and excited at what they have achieved.


‘Make a Mosaic’ pupil

When you are absorbed in a new craft experience, your worries and troubles really do melt away – what we notice about the classes is the wonderful bonding that takes place during the day!

Pupils enjoy looking at the progress that other people are making during the day, and the euphoric feeling of that first glimpse of seeing your work with the daylight streaming through is really special.

We really look forward to teaching – we never know who will walk through the door, and we really do enjoy learning about the everyday lives that our pupils lead, as this helps us understand what they are hoping to achieve during the day.


Chris – Cariad Glass

We’ve taught other crafts people, teachers, members of the police, hairdressers, photographers, office workers, carers, musicians, students, retirees and everyone in between – and the beauty of the day long course is that everyone has their own particular reason for wanting to take a day for themselves.

It’s the job of Chris and I to put our pupils at ease, to reassure them, nurture them throughout and to help them have a memorable day with us.


Circular Glass Panel – Mwnt Beach, Ceredigion


Taking time for ourselves

We work incredibly hard – with a growing commission waiting list, and classes filling at record speed, it would be easy for us to work, work, work without a break!

But, we recognise that it’s important to take time for ourselves too – Chris plays bass in the widely recognised cover band Backtrax, this gives him another creative outlet. I enjoy riding my horse Rosie, and we really enjoy spending time with our teenage children, exploring the local countryside on foot with our three dogs and visiting the magnificent Welsh beaches.


Chris playing with Backtrax

Connect with us

If you’d like to learn more about Cariad Glass, visit our website, Facebook or Instagram pages – stained glass is incredibly photogenic and so there’s always something different going on in the studio.

You are welcome to visit the studio too, but do ring if making a special trip, just to make sure somebody is there to meet you.


Commemorative commission for All Saints Church, Ammanford


Book an experience

And of course, if you fancy trying your hand at Make a Mosaic or Stained Glass in a Day, do it! Gift vouchers are also available for the courses, so if you are looking for a unique gift for a loved one, we’ve got you covered.

Courses run March to October, and demand is always high – check our course page for availability, price and booking information.


Author - Justine Dodd (Cariad Glass)

Cariad Glass is based in the small market town of Llandysul in rural west Wales, nestled in the stunning Teifi Valley – a glorious area for artisans, walkers, kayakers and musicians alike.

We are passionate about our traditional craft, and still use tools and techniques that were used by stained glass artists hundreds of years ago.

Our studio is open to the public, and visitors are welcome to watch us at work, ask questions and browse our eclectic range of artisan gifts, each one unique.

contact Cariad Glass

This story is part of the Life Seeker newspaper

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