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

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The joy of learning

Earlier this year I did a teaching course (Level 3 Award in Education and Training, or ‘AET’ for short), which I absolutely loved.

I have taught lampwork glass beadmaking and jewellery-making to students of various ages and experience for many years now, but despite this I found taking a formal college course in teaching to be incredibly rewarding. I’m happy to report that I passed with really good marks, and I was presented with my certificate at a celebration evening at the college on Thursday.

I know I love teaching what I do - I always have. But it’s the joy of learning this last week that I’ve been thinking about. I’ve thought for some time that education is wasted on the young (don’t get me wrong: I’m not suggesting for a moment that we stop teaching our children!) in that it is only in adulthood that I have found myself truly appreciating that opportunities to learn are valuable gifts that need to be appreciated.

I didn’t enjoy school. I struggled socially, so threw myself into the academic side of things. So far, so successful - but the wheels came off when I went to university. I took the academic side for granted, and chose to focus more on social interaction. I got my degree, and not a bad one, either but I’d love to have that time again to really make the most of it!

As a teenager and later as an adult I’ve continued to go on courses for my own creative development, and to seek out keys for the next creative door. I’ve been a student on a whole variety of courses:

Beadmaking, silver jewellery making, beadwork, bead stringing, wirework, painting, typing, computer literacy, computer-aided design, printmaking, drawing, tai chi, precious metal clay, paper cutting, flower arranging, picture framing, glass fusing, pottery, French, dressmaking…. and probably some more that I’ve forgotten I’ve done!

I don’t necessarily carry on with these things. I’m not a fluent French-speaking florist who makes her own clothes for practising tai chi in - absolutely not. But I get so much out of learning something new, gaining experience in something I’ve found an interest in and want to pursue, finding ways to use new skills in my existing artistic practice.

Many professionals continue to train throughout their careers. My best mate is an osteopath with her own successful practice, and CPD, or ‘continuing professional development’, is a significant feature in what she does. Adding more strings to one’s bow is very valuable. Pippa is a cranial osteopath with particular interest and expertise in treating chronic pain.
You can find out more about Pippa and Osteopathy for All here.

The Award in Education and Training Level 3 is a nationally-recognised qualification that allows you to teach adults in non-compulsory settings. You can teach in the community, in Further Education colleges, in Adult Education Centres and in the Armed Forces.

Visit the Teaching Entrepreneur Association to find out more about the value of teaching and learning, as well as to take practical steps towards your own career in teaching your specialism to others.

I enjoy learning. I enjoy teaching. And I’ve enjoyed learning to teach! I’m thinking of taking more courses, too… now what should I learn next?

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Nature's beads

After the (fabulous) chaos of Artwave my feet haven’t really touched the ground - I’m now in the throes of getting my accounting paperwork sorted while getting on with teaching my courses and preparing for my next open studio event over the last two weekends in September!

Even writing that very long paragraph has made me feel as if I need a break!

We had a couple of hours off on this glorious Sunday afternoon, taking the bikes out on a lovely circular trip along the lanes to the next village and back. Late summer (yes, it’s still summer officially until the 20th!) is just so beautiful, with all sorts of gorgeous hedgerow goodies to admire.

These pictures might just nudge me in the direction of berry colours - what do you think?

 These berries are already a necklace!

These berries are already a necklace!

 Blackberries - who’s for crumble?

Blackberries - who’s for crumble?

 A marvel of natural construction - lovely!

A marvel of natural construction - lovely!

 Rosehips in someone’s front hedge. I love the contrast.

Rosehips in someone’s front hedge. I love the contrast.

 Who’s for square beads inspired by this wrapped silage?

Who’s for square beads inspired by this wrapped silage?

 Haws - the hawthorn’s been prolific this year!

Haws - the hawthorn’s been prolific this year!

 Lords & ladies - a bright flash in a low ditch.

Lords & ladies - a bright flash in a low ditch.

 Sloes are looking good! I love the bloom on them.

Sloes are looking good! I love the bloom on them.

 This way, folks!

This way, folks!

 Off he goes - the pub’s not far.

Off he goes - the pub’s not far.

 Do these dry roasted peanuts count as ‘beadspiration’?

Do these dry roasted peanuts count as ‘beadspiration’?

 And we mustn’t forget the bead hole……

And we mustn’t forget the bead hole……

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