East End church stages colourful art lessons in stained glass

An artist has set up classes appropriately in a church to teach the ancient skill of making stained glass windows.

Piotr Frac is showing how it’s done twice a week at St John’s on Bethnal Green in London’s East End.

The art form is one of the oldest in the world and has hardly changed since the 12th Century, a craft with a fine art sensibility and the closest thing to painting with light.

It involves cutting shapes in glass, using lead, grinding glass, soldering and mastering the finishing techniques to create a traditional panel.

Piotr works with traditional methods, but uses modern imagery to create his designs, inspired by the world around him and especially Japanese art and iconography, tattooing and street art.

The stained glass classes at St John’s in Cambridge Heath Road, Bethnal Green, are �16 a session (�14 concessions), held every Saturday and Thursday 10.30am to 1pm.