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.

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Artwave Festival

It’s nearly midsummer’s day (how did that happen already?) and I’m already gearing up to Artwave Festival later in the summer!

I love a local arts festival. Events, exhibitions, open studios - these things offer fun and inspiration in spades! I’m a relative newbie to Artwave - in 2017 I participated as a guest artist in a location right in the centre of Lewes, and then in 2018 I had the opportunity to open up here in the Let Fire Inspire workshop - so I grabbed it!

2019 sees a repeat of last year - I shall be throwing my doors open to visitors over three weekends in August - and you can watch me working at the torch flame, ask me questions about the captivating process of lampwork glass beadmaking, and browse beads and jewellery for sale from my new collections of recent work.

Opening times

The Let Fire Inspire workshop (venue 27) will be opening from 11am to 5pm on:
Saturday 17th August & Sunday 18th August
Saturday 24th August & Sunday 25th August
Saturday 31st August & Sunday 1st September

NEW FOR 2019: Artwave mini-tasters!

Maybe during your visit you’ll find you’d like to have a go? No problem - while you’re here, you can book yourself on one of my mini-tasters! These are being held on Wednesdays during the three weeks of Artwave.
Pick a start time of 10am or 2pm on:
Wednesday 21st August
Wednesday 28th August
Wednesday 4th September
Numbers are limited to four people per mini-taster.

About Artwave Festival

Artwave is the annual festival of artists and makers from Lewes, Seaford, Newhaven and surrounding villages. The festival showcase some of the very best creative talent from across the local area, and takes place this year over three weekends from 17 August to 1 September. The festival is open to all – from professionals to hobbyists, providing everyone with a platform to exhibit and sell. Enjoy over 140 open houses and studios, showcasing a diverse range of work from quilt making to digital installations and everything in between.

Artwave is arranged by Lewes District Council with the support of many local businesses. For full details see

Big Bead Show - a great day!

I used to sell at bead fairs and events regularly until three or four years ago, and this spring I got back into the sales saddle! I took the plunge and booked a stand at the Big Bead Show at Sandown Park for the beginning of April - I was back!

Because I’ve got some more events in the pipeline for 2019, including two local arts festivals when I’m opening my workshop to the public across five weekends in the summer and autumn, I had a chat with my DIY expert (Mr LFI) about the feasibility of building some kind of display that I could use again and again, and not ‘wing it’ to the extent that I used to.

At events in the past I have relied on a venue-supplied table, black velvet tablecloths (necessitating three arms, twenty minutes and half a dozen pins to ‘install’) and a fairly haphazardly arranged display of beads and jewellery.

Thanks to multiple trips to the timber merchants, a whole load of silicone adhesive, some leftover paint, some lights, some time and expertise from our neighbour the electrician, the Black & Decker workmate inherited from Mr LFI’s dad, some steel pegs, some signage, a stretchy eBay tablecloth, a considerable amount of ‘language’ (mine) and an awful lot of time and hard work (Mr LFI’s) we ended up with THIS:


The vertical aspect we’d added to the stand made such a difference! Not only did my two ‘walls’ double my display space, but made it possible to separate jewellery from beads. I usually take some jewellery along to bead fairs, as not every visitor is a beader or jewellery maker, so might be looking for ‘ready-to-wear’ items, and it’s nice to have the opportunity to not mix up components and finished items.

It was great to have been able to wire the lights onto the walls, as lighting makes such a difference to a display at a busy show. I used to rely on either desk lamps, clip-on lamps, battery LEDs or a combination.

It’s lovely to have the potential continuity in my display at future events. The layout really worked well not only for me but also for visitors, and we had some super feedback!


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

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