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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Snakes and ladders

When I was little we used to play ‘Snakes and ladders’ a lot - it was really good fun, apart from the snakes!

As part of Artwave Festival this year, the fabulous cinema and hang-outerie Lewes Depot is holding an open art exhibition on the theme of ‘Play’. I read the call for entries and thought I’d have a go! I was delighted this time last year when my piece (a lampwork glass bead bracelet) for their ‘Blue’ exhibition was accepted, but this time I wanted to dig out my paintbox and combine watercolour with glass.


I had an absolutely brilliant time making this piece! I’m no good at drawing but by golly I love to splash paint around, so I went to town with my ‘game board’ background which ended up as a riot of different colours and patterns. The snakes are made of my harlequin beads on sterling silver wire (yes, they even have forked silver tongues!), and the ladders were a painting, cutting and sticking job. The finishing touches were a couple of counters and a die from the local toy shop.

I had an absolute ball doing this! I’m so glad to have had the opportunity to muck about with paint again - when you’re a 3D artist you tend, of course, to focus on three dimensions rather than two, so the project of designing, painting and number-stamping the game board was new territory for me, rather.

I’m sad to say that my ‘snakes and ladders’ hasn’t made it into the exhibition, but I’m still thrilled with it. It’ll be hanging in the Let Fire Inspire workshop all through Artwave Festival - so if you’re in the neighbourhood on a Saturday or Sunday from August 17th do pop in and have a look!


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

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

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