Debora Coombs

Trace & Texture:  Glasspainting with Propylene Glycol
Wednesday July 13th 9:20am - 4:30pm - $295

Glasspainting skills used to be closely guarded secrets taught only to long-serving apprentices. Debora Coombs shares her skills joyfully without restraint. Stained glass enthusiasts in more than 28 countries around the world watch her videos,  download her free Notes for Students, and paint with propylene glycol. Her techniques are simple and easily taught. In the midst of a glasspainting demo in 2019 one student said   “I just learned more in 5 minutes that I did in 3 years of trying to figure it out on my own!”.


Debora will make a rare appearance in 2022 to teach her proprietary techniques for mixing, thinning and applying glasspaint with propylene glycol. This non-toxic medium allows an endless variety of mark-making and textural effects, including handwriting, printing, and creating textures like stone, wood, fur and fabric. During the first 15 minutes of this workshop students will learn how to sign their name with a dip-pen.  Then how to fine-tune density and viscosity, to manipulate glasspaints while wet, and create expressive or precise tracelines. You can read this or watch this  to learn more about Debora’s techniques.

Debora Coombs was made a Fellow of the British Society of Master Glass Painters in 1995. She studied at Edinburgh College of Art, Scotland; Swansea, Wales; and earned a Masters in Art & Design from The Royal College of Art, London in 1985. Her award-winning stained glass is exhibited, commissioned and collected internationally. Coombs immigrated to the USA with her family in 1996 while creating twenty stained glass windows for St Mary’s Cathedral in Portland, Oregon. She lives and works in Readsboro, Vermont.

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