We offer a taster day workshop, with award-winning glass artist Sue Webb, to get you started making your own glass beads. You will learn a range of techniques, which you should be experienced enough to continue with after the course.
This is a LEVEL ONE course - Suitable for beginners.
What does the course cover?
You will be introduced to all the equipment and safety procedures and then be shown how to melt glass rods in a flame to form a basic bead. You will progress onto various patterns and embellishments, such as dots, flowers, bubbles and hearts. You will add detail and texture using frit and various tools, learn how to make a snake bead, and be taught how to pull your own 'stringers' and 'twisties' which can be used to decorate beads later.
You will also learn how to encase your beads in clear glass, which can create stunning effects and give your beads depth. You will have time to ask questions and practice your favourite design skills under the tutor's guidance.
Your beads will be annealed in our specialist Kiln Care bead annealing kilns and will be ready for collection the next day. If you don’t live locally, your beads will be posted out to you at no extra charge.
Our bead making facilities are available for hire, so you can come into the studio and practice in your own time once the tutor has agreed that you're suitably experienced.
Classes are restricted to a minimum of six students to ensure individual attention.
What do I need to bring?
Nothing but yourself and a sturdy pair of closed-toed shoes. If you have long hair, please wear it tied back, and avoid wearing synthetic clothes or long flowing sleeves. (Short sleeves or tight fitting long sleeves are best.) All your glass, materials, tools and use of kilns, along with light refreshments are provided.
We will provide a delicious cold lunch from Pret a Manger as well as light refreshments throughout the day. Please let us know in advance if you have any special dietary requirements. We will do our best to cater to everyone but this cannot always be guaranteed.
What are the course times?
The course starts at 10am and runs until approximately 4-4.30pm depending on progress.
We will try to make our courses accessible to all however if you have any disabilities or physical limitations of any kind we ask that you discuss it with us before booking.
Looking for a gift?
Why not buy a course as a unique gift? If you're unsure of a suitable date you can buy a voucher and let them choose their own! Vouchers are valid for 12 months from date of purchase and need to be used to book a specific date within that time. A booking is not confirmed until the voucher has been validated against a specific date.
For cancellations made 4 weeks in advance we offer a full refund or one free date change. For cancellations made 3 weeks in advance we offer a 75% refund or one free date change. For cancellations made 2 weeks in advance we can only offer a 50% refund. If we receive less than 2 weeks’ notice we are unable to offer a refund or date change on course places. If a date change has been requested we cannot offer a refund on a subsequent cancellation.
Beads shown in image courtesy of professional lampwork artist and tutor Sue Webb.