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!)

Courses

Ryan and Matt at their respective workbenches

Ryan and Matt at their respective workbenches

Last year at Let Fire Inspire ended on a high note with a bespoke all-day course tailor-made to cover specific techniques to suit a brace of goldsmiths with new projects in the development stages! The three of us enjoyed our time at the torch flame, working with inclusions and moving from beadmaking techniques to making cabochons. We all got a lot out of the day!

2019 has started in a similar busy fashion - so far this year four students have come for taster sessions in lampwork glass beadmaking, and tomorrow morning is scheduled for returning torchtimers to work independently on their own projects.

Did you know that you can now book courses online? I’m very happy with the scheduling and payment software that’s behind the system, and it’s working very well. If you are a recipient of one of the gift vouchers that whizzed from the Let Fire Inspire workshop to your Christmas stocking, you can book your slot online too - just enter your unique voucher code and you won’t even be asked for any payment details!

The next Journey into Beadmaking course begins on Wednesday February 27 and runs for five weeks, at two hours a time. In this course you will make a collection of unique lampwork glass beads and a selection of jewellery using your beads. You will get to grips with both glass beadmaking and jewellery-making techniques on a fabulous journey into this captivating craft!

Frances and Lesley had booked online.

Frances and Lesley had booked online.

Their beads were kiln-annealed for lasting strength.

Their beads were kiln-annealed for lasting strength.

Two gorgeous collections of beads made from scratch!

Two gorgeous collections of beads made from scratch!

Maddi at the torch flame - she came with her friend Amy.

Maddi at the torch flame - she came with her friend Amy.

Amy had received a course voucher for her birthday!

Amy had received a course voucher for her birthday!

Beads by all three of us, straight out of the kiln.

Beads by all three of us, straight out of the kiln.

Maddi’s beads (top) and Amy’s beads.

Maddi’s beads (top) and Amy’s beads.


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

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