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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Some answers to questions

I get quite a lot of questions about courses here at Let Fire Inspire. People say to me:

I’d love to do a course, but it seems expensive, and anyway I’ve got so many creative hobbies already that I don’t want to have to accommodate another hobby! What if I get hooked? I won’t be able to do it at home!

Absolutely! Let’s unpick this.

‘I’d love to do a course…’
Great! Let’s talk! I offer taster courses, half-day courses and all-day courses in lampwork glass beadmaking. What’s more, on my five-week ‘Journey into Beadmaking’ course we also make four jewellery projects incorporating your beads along the way.

‘…but it seems expensive…’
It’s not - really it’s not. Everything you need is included in the price - plus there’s free-flowing tea and coffee! If you come on one of my day courses I’ll even make you a delicious lunch here in the workshop. There is no extra fee for any materials, because all the glass is included. It’s actually really good value!

‘…I’ve got so many creative hobbies already…’
Yay! I love to hear this! Firstly, it tells me that you and I are really going to get on, and secondly I bet this means that you’ve got all sorts of transferable skills which will be invaluable on your lampwork glass beadmaking course!
If you enjoy drawing you might be a dab hand at applying dots of glass to your beads.
If you enjoy painting you’re likely to have an eye for colour. What will you enjoy putting together?
If you’re a knitter or crocheter you’ll find familiarity in repetitive movements.
If you're creative, with lots of hobbies, you’ll know exactly what it’s like to stumble upon something AMAZING! And lampwork glass beadmaking could be your latest amazing venture.

Don’t forget though that absolutely NO experience is needed for you to come on one of my courses! You might view yourself as positively uncreative - and that’s absolutely fine too!

REGARDLESS, WE WILL HAVE A BALL!

You’re coming to do a course - to explore, to do something new, to make something beautiful. And, most importantly, you’re doing it for YOU!

‘…I don’t want to have to accommodate another hobby. What if I get hooked? I won’t be able to do it at home!’
Well, I hope you DO get hooked - I fell in love with lampwork glass beadmaking at first sight - and that was just from watching a demonstration! I went away and did a course, then did another course… and yes, I did then find I loved it enough to want to work independently at the torch flame, so I set up my first little workshop in a little timber garden shed.

BUT before you build a shed or clear out your garage to set up a workbench, or take out a bank loan because you want to buy ALL the kit….. remember that I offer ‘torchtime’ sessions! I have regular students who come and use my workshop, glass, equipment, tools and coffee stash as their own - under supervision, but with no formal tuition included - to work on their own independent projects. You can start a production line of your own lampwork glass beads right here in the Let Fire Inspire workshop! You can come for between two hours and an entire day (although to be honest I’d like to get home before The Archers, which starts at 7pm. Just saying).

If you’ve ever wanted to let fire inspire, then do consider a course with me here at the workshop. You’ll be glad you did!

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Inspiration from students

When I make beads, my head and my hands automatically switch into ‘little and round’ mode. Ever since my first hours at the torch flame I’ve been obsessed by the way the glass seems to want to be round - and simply by turning the glass in the flame while taking into account its heat and its corresponding viscosity, it does seem to happen all by itself.

I find this flame shaping so compelling that it’s what I want to do almost all of the time! Yes I do make beads in other shapes and sizes, but little and round, well, what can I say? You’re my favourite things to make!

Of course, every artist is different - and that’s certainly as true in glass beadmaking as it is in any other art form. Because of this, I really enjoy seeing (and being involved in) the types of work made by my students and my regular ‘torchtimers’ here at the Let Fire Inspire workshop.

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These beads were made by Doris, one of my regular torchtimers, last week - they’re big, they’re bold, and they’re utterly beautiful! She picked shades of purple, blue and pink to work with, combining some with clear and some with fine silver, and this set of beads is absolutely stunning! She used a wide range of colours in each one of her beads, mixing the glass almost as she applied it to create stunning swirly effects. Works of art? I jolly well think so!

Do you have some experience at the flame already?
Perhaps you’ve done a course with me, or with someone else, and are itching to get back to the torch!
Use my workshop and materials as your own on one of my ‘torchtime’ sessions at the Let Fire Inspire workshop - I’d love to welcome you along!

(And I’ll even make you a coffee!)


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

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