Let fire inspire

Captivated by the magic of working with glass, Rebecca Weddell creates beautiful and unique lampwork beads and offers a range of beadmaking courses.

Summer headlines

It’s only a couple of weeks since I was writing about how to cope with being a hot-glass artist in a heatwave - well, that’ll teach me! Still, all the downpours over the last few days and nights mean at least I’m no longer having to water the workshop pots and hanging basket twice a day!

Here’s what I’ve been up to at Let Fire Inspire…

Betchworth Bead-In
I so enjoyed my day at the Betchworth Bead-In at the beginning of August - it’s great to catch up with beady contacts, and this is always such a lovely show.

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Creating new products
Since I started using coloured ribbon to price-mark my loose beads and bead sets, I’ve had access to lots and lots of different colours of ribbon - so I’ve been having a play! Ribbon + bead = pendant or earring dangle!

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Letting fire inspire others
It’s a busy time with my courses at the moment - I did a short wireworking course last week, which was fun, and on Saturday I had two more students in the workshop for a morning taster course at the torch flame. Beryl and Lesley really enjoyed working with the glass, and were thrilled with the beads they’d made!

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Coming up…
Artwave Festival starts on Saturday 17th - so just a few days to go! Gale-force winds were to blame for a minor hiccup - my venue sign blew down at the weekend - but normality has been restored, the sign is now back up again, and I’m busy getting the workshop shipshape ready for my three open weekends ahead!

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The workshop at Let Fire Inspire is open for Artwave Festival from 11am to 5pm on Saturday & Sunday 17th & 18th August, Saturday & Sunday 24th & 25th August, Saturday 31st August and Sunday 1st September.

Drop in to watch demonstrations at the torch flame, browse my range of beads and jewellery for sale, and find out about my courses.

While you’re here, why not book on one of my Artwave special mini tasters? Make your very own bead from scratch in this quick taster only during Artwave! Mini tasters are suitable for participants aged 12 or above, and are scheduled for Wednesday 21st August, Wednesday 28th August and Wednesday 4th September.

Snakes and ladders

When I was little we used to play ‘Snakes and ladders’ a lot - it was really good fun, apart from the snakes!

As part of Artwave Festival this year, the fabulous cinema and hang-outerie Lewes Depot is holding an open art exhibition on the theme of ‘Play’. I read the call for entries and thought I’d have a go! I was delighted this time last year when my piece (a lampwork glass bead bracelet) for their ‘Blue’ exhibition was accepted, but this time I wanted to dig out my paintbox and combine watercolour with glass.

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I had an absolutely brilliant time making this piece! I’m no good at drawing but by golly I love to splash paint around, so I went to town with my ‘game board’ background which ended up as a riot of different colours and patterns. The snakes are made of my harlequin beads on sterling silver wire (yes, they even have forked silver tongues!), and the ladders were a painting, cutting and sticking job. The finishing touches were a couple of counters and a die from the local toy shop.

I had an absolute ball doing this! I’m so glad to have had the opportunity to muck about with paint again - when you’re a 3D artist you tend, of course, to focus on three dimensions rather than two, so the project of designing, painting and number-stamping the game board was new territory for me, rather.

I’m sad to say that my ‘snakes and ladders’ hasn’t made it into the exhibition, but I’m still thrilled with it. It’ll be hanging in the Let Fire Inspire workshop all through Artwave Festival - so if you’re in the neighbourhood on a Saturday or Sunday from August 17th do pop in and have a look!

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The Workshop, 8 Village Works, London Road, East Hoathly
Lewes, East Sussex, BN8 6QA
01825 840638

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