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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Busy week!

It’s been a busy week at Let Fire Inspire! After a couple of days working away with my husband, I got back to the workshop on Wednesday and was joined at the torch flame by Corinne - she was celebrating her birthday with a taster session in lampwork glass beadmaking.

Corinne’s husband Simon joined her for the morning - and he brought his camera along to record the event! He’s very kindly given me permission to use his photographs here.

In a beginners’ taster session here at Let Fire Inspire the first task at the torch flame is to pull some ‘stringers’ of glass, in order to get experience of how the glass feels and behaves at different temperatures. We move on to winding and shaping glass in the flame, starting with a plain bead and moving on to two different surface decoration techniques. Students make three beads in a ninety-minute taster session.

My snap of Corinne’s finished collection of three beads. My favourite is the middle one - she decorated a mauve bead with some gorgeous reactive purple frit, and it’s come out beautifully!

My snap of Corinne’s finished collection of three beads. My favourite is the middle one - she decorated a mauve bead with some gorgeous reactive purple frit, and it’s come out beautifully!

Shaping a bead in the torch flame. Photograph courtesy of Simon Hennessey.

Shaping a bead in the torch flame. Photograph courtesy of Simon Hennessey.

Melting frit on the surface of a bead. Photograph courtesy of Simon Hennessey.

Melting frit on the surface of a bead. Photograph courtesy of Simon Hennessey.

Shaping the bead in the torch flame. All it takes is a consistent turn! The magic of shaping glass is the combination of heat, gravity and surface tension! Photograph courtesy of Simon Hennessey.

Shaping the bead in the torch flame. All it takes is a consistent turn! The magic of shaping glass is the combination of heat, gravity and surface tension! Photograph courtesy of Simon Hennessey.


Hot on Corinne and Simon’s tails were mum-and-daughter pair Sarah and Hannah, who joined me for a beginners’ half-day session yesterday morning. This again was in celebration of a birthday, and again a good time was had by all! I’d met Hannah and Sarah last summer while I was demonstrating lampwork glass beadmaking during Lewes Artwave Festival, and I was delighted to welcome them to the workshop yesterday.

Here’s Sarah winding a bead at the torch flame - the dish of red frit on the left-hand side is destined for surface decoration.

Here’s Sarah winding a bead at the torch flame - the dish of red frit on the left-hand side is destined for surface decoration.

I always tell my students that choosing their colours is the most difficult part of the course! They have the choice of around 15 glass rods to work with, and a selection of six colours of frit. Here you can see Hannah wavering over which colour of frit to choose…

I always tell my students that choosing their colours is the most difficult part of the course! They have the choice of around 15 glass rods to work with, and a selection of six colours of frit. Here you can see Hannah wavering over which colour of frit to choose…

Both ladies torching at their respective workbenches. Yes, those are coffee cups on top of the kiln, and yes, it does help to keep hot drinks hot!

Both ladies torching at their respective workbenches. Yes, those are coffee cups on top of the kiln, and yes, it does help to keep hot drinks hot!

Ta-daaaah! Sarah’s beads are at the top, and Hannah’s are the bottom ones. They picked a beautifully diverse range of colours - I love Hannah’s green gravity-twisted bead, second left, and Sarah’s very vibrant orange bead dotted with yellow and white, far right.

Ta-daaaah! Sarah’s beads are at the top, and Hannah’s are the bottom ones. They picked a beautifully diverse range of colours - I love Hannah’s green gravity-twisted bead, second left, and Sarah’s very vibrant orange bead dotted with yellow and white, far right.


Would YOU like to let fire inspire on a course with me here at the workshop?

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

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

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