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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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!)

Start them young!

I had the pleasure of welcoming 12-year-old Wini to the workshop on Saturday - she’d asked for a taster session with me for her birthday treat, and we had a very enjoyable afternoon at the torch flame!

As you probably already assume, lampwork glass beadmaking isn’t a pursuit for small children, which is why 12 is the minimum age for my course participants, and only then with parental supervision (up to age 16). Wini made up a twosome with her mum, Corina, and they enjoyed working side by side.

Corina and Wini in action at their respective torch flames. They’re certainly concentrating, but at the same time are comfortable at the flame - which is the perfect combination!

Corina and Wini in action at their respective torch flames. They’re certainly concentrating, but at the same time are comfortable at the flame - which is the perfect combination!

Here’s Wini carefully adding transparent sapphire dots to an opaque sky blue bead which she’d shaped beautifully in the flame.

Here’s Wini carefully adding transparent sapphire dots to an opaque sky blue bead which she’d shaped beautifully in the flame.

Corina’s favourite colour is orange… but how can you tell?

Corina’s favourite colour is orange… but how can you tell?

Two glorious collections of beads, strung in the order they were made. Perfect!

Two glorious collections of beads, strung in the order they were made. Perfect!

Here are Wini’s beads - she was such an efficient worker that she made 4 beads to her mum’s 3! #niceone

Here are Wini’s beads - she was such an efficient worker that she made 4 beads to her mum’s 3! #niceone

Would YOU like to let fire inspire at the torch flame? I’d love to welcome you to my four-torch workshop here in rural East Sussex.


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

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