In-person course

Lampworking glass bead making introduction day

Pompom beads


We offer a taster day workshop, with professional glass artist Penny Carter. An introduction to get you started making your own glass beads.

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 techniques of spotty beads with raised bobbles patterns and embellishments, such as dots. You will learn how to add detail and texture using frit and various tools. 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 transparent glass, which can create stunning colour tones and give your beads depth. You will have time to ask questions and practice your favourite design skills under the tutor's guidance.The days course will evolve around your skills and confidence. I hope by the end of the day you will a have had learnt hand on how glass moves when its hot and enjoyed the dexterity challenge ! You should have a collection of beads which could be enough to make into a necklace or bracelet.

Your beads will be annealed in our specialist 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.
This course runs regularly throughout the year. Please see our website for specific dates, There are also follow on courses where you can learn how to make a piece of glass jewellery.
Penny Carter is a member of the Devon Guild of Crafts.

Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 2 weeks before the course starts. Start dates may be amended on request.

What's included in the price?

All tools and materials are included. Tea, coffee and biscuits offered, but please bring your own mug.
Please bring a packed lunch too.


Penny Carter at Penny Carter Glass
Lambside farm workshop
Noss Mayo

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Hearing impaired
  • Intermediate level
  • Learning difficulties (SEN)
  • Limited mobility
  • Parking provided
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers
  • Wheelchair users
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In-person course
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Excellent. Really enjoyed the course. Made a lovely necklace with which I am really pleased. Very friendly and relaxed.

Response from Penny Carter Glass:

It was a pleasure Shona, I hope you'll be inspired to come back and make more glass next time you are in Devon !

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