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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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.


Artwave Festival

STOP PRESS: I'm delighted to be opening the workshop this summer as part of the Artwave Festival!

Artwave is an annual festival of artists and makers across the Lewes district, East Sussex. It is managed and supported by Lewes District Council, with kind sponsorship from supporters and advertisers.

Summer 2017 saw me participate at one of the central Lewes Artwave locations, but this year I'm welcoming visitors to my workshop here at Village Works in the centre of East Hoathly, part of Artwave's northeast trail. You'll be able to watch me demonstrate the captivating art of lampwork glass bead making at the torch flame, and there will be beads and jewellery for sale.

If the sight of lampwork glass bead making lights your fire, why not find out about my courses?

The Artwave Festival runs from Saturday August 18 until Sunday September 2.
During the festival my workshop is open from 11am to 5pm on Fridays, weekends and the bank holiday Monday.
Saturday & Sunday - August 18 & 19
Friday, Saturday, Sunday & bank holiday Monday - August 24, 25, 26 & 27
Friday, Saturday & Sunday - August 31, September 1 & 2


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

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