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.

Show & tell: half-day courses

Straight after its refurbishment project had been completed, the Let Fire Inspire workshop welcomed two students to a Saturday morning half-day course just over a week ago, and three more for a half-day course on the Monday.

Stella has learned with me before, and this time she brought Charlie with her.

 Stella in action applying dots to her last bead of the Saturday morning session - she picked some gorgeous earthy colours to work with.

Stella in action applying dots to her last bead of the Saturday morning session - she picked some gorgeous earthy colours to work with.

 Both ladies created gorgeous beads! Charlie went for sea colours, and designs included frit, dots and gravity-twisting.

Both ladies created gorgeous beads! Charlie went for sea colours, and designs included frit, dots and gravity-twisting.

 Charlie is pictured here using heat and gravity to shape a bead in the flame. Using two hands ensures a non-stop turn.

Charlie is pictured here using heat and gravity to shape a bead in the flame. Using two hands ensures a non-stop turn.

St George's Day saw three more ladies come for a half-day course. This experience was a big surprise for two of them, who'd been given the course as a present by the third! Eli had done some preparation work with some thoughts on the colours she wanted to use - she had been inspired by the colours of the best of her garden produce last year, and she created beady-homages to cherry tomatoes, blackcurrants, apples, rhubarb and gooseberries. I loved her watercolour sketchbook showing the goodies which were her starting point!

 Eli at the torch flame. In front of her are trays of fuchsia frit and green frit, which she used to create her rhubarb-inspired bead.

Eli at the torch flame. In front of her are trays of fuchsia frit and green frit, which she used to create her rhubarb-inspired bead.

 Eli referred to her lovely watercolour sketches as she was working. On the left-hand page is a gooseberry; on the right are both rhubarb AND a crumble!

Eli referred to her lovely watercolour sketches as she was working. On the left-hand page is a gooseberry; on the right are both rhubarb AND a crumble!

 Diana, Frances and Eli all hard at work at the torch flame. We worked on a number of decorative techniques, and a good time was had by all - including me, of course!

Diana, Frances and Eli all hard at work at the torch flame. We worked on a number of decorative techniques, and a good time was had by all - including me, of course!

 Pictured the next morning, after they had been kiln-annealed for lasting strength, here are all the beads still on their mandrels. They're looking fabulous!

Pictured the next morning, after they had been kiln-annealed for lasting strength, here are all the beads still on their mandrels. They're looking fabulous!

 Now off their mandrels, the beads are all lined up. Each row belongs to a single student, and they're waiting to be strung in the order in which they were made.

Now off their mandrels, the beads are all lined up. Each row belongs to a single student, and they're waiting to be strung in the order in which they were made.

 The finished collections of beads - what a brilliant haul! I love the colour choices the ladies made. Choosing colours tends to be the hardest part of any course!

The finished collections of beads - what a brilliant haul! I love the colour choices the ladies made. Choosing colours tends to be the hardest part of any course!

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

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