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Lampworking workshop : 90 minute taster session


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COVID- 19 update - I am pleased to announce as of the 1st August I am able to take bookings for 1-2-1 tuition unless you are from the same family bubble then I can accommodate up to 3 people.

Using the guidance from UK Government website there are new guidelines in place while attending a workshop - Please contact me or visit my website for more information.

I am pleased to be able to offer various tuition packages in this fabulous technique known as lampworking - 'The art of melting glass rods in the flame of a torch'.

With over 14 years of bead making experience tuition takes place in my studio in the beautiful market town of Barnard Castle in County Durham, which is fully insulated and ventilated to offer a comfortable and safe environment for you to work in.

I am fully insured and have individual work stations to accommodate up to three students at a time. 1-2-1 tuition at no extra cost. 10% reduction for two or more persons attending together.

All my workshops run at a mutually convenient time, I usually ask for 2/3 dates which suit you best they can be either a week day or weekend, I will then get back to you with which are available.

A 90 minute session for the complete beginner, which allows the beginner to observe how beads are made and have ago themselves.

This 90 minute taster session includes:

• Use of all equipment and materials is included.
• You will make approx three beads using a progression of techniques.
• All beads made are to keep, posted the following day after they have been annealed and cleaned.

Before each session starts I run through health and safety and talk a little on lampworking and types of glass I use. I then demonstrate the technique we are going to do first before letting you have ago. I like students to get the maximum use of time in front of the torch making beads

I will have refreshments available, tea, coffee & juices, biscuits and home made cakes as well as lots of lampwork / jewellery books and beads for extra inspiration.

Please can you make sure you wear an OLD long sleeved high necked top and any long hair tied back.

Please note –
• Parking is on street residential area.
• Toilet facilities, are within my home.
• Age 14+ (under 16's must be accompanied by an adult)
• Please bring your own packed lunch when attending a full day workshop

I studied jewellery design in the 1990’s but continued my interest as a hobby rather than a career. After discovering lampworking, I was drawn towards glass as a medium to incorporate into my jewellery designs as a way to inject colour and bring contrast to the silver used. In 2004 I started my business 'Suzanne Jewellery'.

If you will be redeeming a CraftCourses gift voucher on this course, the voucher code must be provided at the point of booking.

What's included in the price?

Included in your session is the use of materials and equipment as well as tuition on making glass beads and applying decoration.

Throughout the day refreshments will be available, tea, coffee, juices and biscuits as well as lots of lampwork / jewellery books and beads for extra inspiration.

Please can you make sure you wear an OLD long sleeved high necked top and any long hair tied back. Safety glasses are provided.


Suzanne Tweddle at Suzanne Jewellery
4 Woodlands Road
Barnard Castle
County Durham
DL12 8DP
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Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Engagement, birthdays & anniversaries
  • Limited mobility
  • Parking provided
  • Public transport
  • Seniors
  • Suitable for beginners
  • Teenagers

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In-person course
- - #26431

10/10 Ticked every box.

Firstly, any apprehension about using the equipment soon disappeared. Suzanne's studio and equipment are specifically adapted for safety and having 2 to 3 pupils per session ensures individuals receive guidance and reassurance when necessary.

Secondly, Suzanne is skilled in her craft and she is a patient and encouraging teacher. She demonstrates and guides you through the various techniques. My beads were not bad for a first attempt.
Would I do the course again ? - Yes, cannot wait, practice makes perfect.

Thirdly, the location Barnard Castle, a unique market town that has not lost its identity, or community spirit. An ideal location for a spot of lunch and a browse around the interesting local shops.

Quality course - well worth it and an enjoyable afternoon spent in the historic town of Barnard Castle.

In-person course
- - #21486

What a fantastic experience!!
Booked this as a gift for a friend and when we got there we weren’t disappointed!
We had a total hands-on experience and made three fabulous glass beads in 90 minutes, thanks to Suzanne’s brilliant tuition. I would highly recommend this course and am hoping to book another session soon!
Thank you so much Suzanne for a fab morning!

Response from Suzanne Jewellery:

Thank you so much Michelle for taking the time to review your workshop. So pleased you enjoyed your morning, look forward to seeing you again soon.

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