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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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.


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!


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!


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!


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.

Spreading lampwork love

My travelling studio and I spent a really enjoyable day yesterday at the 'Betchworth Bead-In', which is a fabulous event held annually in Surrey during National Beading Week.


I so enjoy spending my working life in my workshop that I don't very often go out to sell my wares at bead fairs and events, preferring instead to spend time at the torch flame, selling my beads on Etsy and teaching others how to make beads of their own. This is why I've so enjoyed taking part in the Betchworth event and indeed the inaugural East Surrey Bead Fair earlier this summer!
(Subtext: I need to get out more!)

It was great to catch up with old friends in the beading world and indeed make new ones - and yesterday I was able to remind myself that I haven't ever met a beader I don't like! That record still stands - LOL!!!

My printing had been delivered in good time to be able to do some promotion of my two summer open studio events here at the workshop, as well as my new Journey into Beadmaking course which starts in the autumn.

Demonstrating at the torch flame yesterday was a hot job thanks to this glorious summer weather, so I kept the demos brief, but I really appreciated the opportunity to show people the process involved in making glass beads one-by-one at the torch flame. This is a fabulous, fascinating, gorgeous yet time-consuming process that cannot be rushed! I take huge pleasure and pride in flame-shaping the 'little and round', spending time and effort in ensuring the beads are perfectly balanced with the hole directly in the centre every single time, and I love to spend time at the flame creating gorgeous and intricate designs of glass-on-glass. It was great to be able to give onlookers an insight into just what is involved to make every glass bead a work of art in itself.

Visit the workshop in August and September as part of Artwave and CAOS!

Visit the workshop in August and September as part of Artwave and CAOS!

Fancy taking a journey with me? Let fire inspire on this fabulous course!

Fancy taking a journey with me? Let fire inspire on this fabulous course!

This year the Bead-In was raising money for Saying Goodbye, a charity which works to provide comprehensive information, advice, support and much more to anyone who has suffered the loss of a baby, at any stage of pregnancy, at birth or in infancy. The event raised over £350 for this very worthy cause.


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

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