Lampworking workshop: full day beginners workshop

Nortel Major Torch


1-2-1 lampwork course - one day.

If you are booking from the same family bubble then I can accommodate up to 3 people.

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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.

All my workshops run at a mutually convenient time.

This 6.5 hour session includes:

• Bead making tuition on making glass beads, decoration techniques including applying dots, pulling and applying stringers (fine pieces of glass used to decorate beads) and shaping beads.
• Advanced techniques such as fish eye, swirls and hollow beads.
• You will make approx eight to ten beads in your all day session.
• 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 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'.

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?

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, 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. Safety glasses are provided.

Lunch is not provided, please bring a packed lunch.

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)


Suzanne Tweddle at Suzanne Jewellery

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4 Woodlands Road
Barnard Castle
County Durham
DL12 8DP

Suitable for

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


1 day (flexible times to suit)

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Carol Parker-Bryce - - #33683

This was something I had always wanted to try and oh my goodness I had the most amazing day. It was everything I wanted and more; One to one personal tuition from Suzanne who was patience personified with this absolute beginner.
We covered technique after technique with Suzanne giving me the confidence to tackle each one, slowly building up my knowledge in easy, achievable stages throughout the day.
Suzanne, explained and demonstrated everything clearly then was close at hand to encourage and support as I tried for myself.
The day just flew but I came away feeling I'd learnt so much, with a gorgeous handful of beads to be proud of and craving more.
I can't thank Suzanne enough and I'm looking at dates to book a further course with her.
I highly recommend this course and Suzanne as a tutor.

Katherine Cooper-Young - - #30526

I had the best day with Suzanne. Everything we made was achievable and I had some good early success which boosted my confidence, making the later, harder work less daunting. Suzanne is a great teacher. She gave clear instructions and helpful guidance as I went along, and each time a very clear objective that we were aiming for. I loved the freedom Suzanne gave me to experiment and play as well as the structure she gives to the day which leads to successful outcomes.

Suzanne was a pleasure to be with - easy company, encouraging and kind. Her workshop is so well laid out and really inspiring to be in. A few days after the course, I was thrilled to receive not only my own beads, but also the beads Suzanne had made as examples! I cannot wait to be able to go back for another full day. I've been truly bitten by the lampworking bug!! I cannot recommend this course, and tutor enough. If you're considering the course you should DEFINITELY book it now.

Response from Suzanne Jewellery:

Hi Katherine, thank you so much for taking the time to write such a lovely review. So pleased you enjoyed your workshop and I look forward to hopefully seeing you again soon. Suzanne x

Chris - - #30326

I have just had my second full day of training with Suzanne and it was fantastic. Suzanne is a super teacher, very patient and very observant. She carefully demonstrated each new technique before giving me ample opportunity to produce my own versions. I learned a lot and thoroughly recommend this course for anyone interested in making flame worked glass objects, beads and jewelery etc.

For a full day this course is excellent value.

Chris Sowden

Chris Sowden - - #24190

This was a superb day. I thoroughly enjoyed myself across the whole day. Suzanne calmly and patiently took me through the basics which included health and safety. I very quickly began to work with the actual glass, heating it, stretching it and soon produced my first bead. Across the day I was introduced to a number of techniques that helped me to decorate and shape the glass. I had a head full of questions and Suzanne was very willing and able to answer them all.
After the day I feel ready to have a go at setting up my own flame working area.
This is a great course and I can thoroughly recommend it.
Chris Sowden

Jess Dickie - - #22963

I had a lovely day, Suzanne is an amazing teacher, very patient and explained everything. I didn't feel rushed or stressed at all and I learnt such a lot! Can't believe how much we got through.

A very well equipped workshop with lots of different colours of glass to use. At first I was a bit tentative using the torch but by the end I had no fears at all.

Really looking forward to seeing my beads now that they are out of the kiln.

Suzanne is really helpful, giving me plenty of advice after my course had finished, already trying to work out when I can go again, Thank you Suzanne :-) x

Response from Suzanne Jewellery:

I m so pleased you enjoyed your workshop. Thank you for taking the time to write a review.

Alison Ivanec - - #21892

I had a fantastic time, Suzanne was lovely, very skilled and very patient with me. I would not hesitate to recommend the course and I urge you to do the course particuarly if you have been thinking about it for a while. Waiting to see the beads I made which just adds to the excitement!

Response from Suzanne Jewellery:

So pleased you enjoyed your workshop, thank you for taking the time to write a review. Suzanne

Carly Atwill - - #21548

Suzanne is extremely knowledgeable and takes the time to explain the finer details of the craft, in a way that was easily understood. She was extremely patient and guided us through the course with the upmost care, which was illustrated by the fabulous beads we produced. I couldn’t believe just how many we managed to make. I would thoroughly recommend this course.

Response from Suzanne Jewellery:

Thank you for taking the time to review your workshop. So pleased you enjoyed your day. Suzanne

Charlotte - - #20641

I thoroughly enjoyed my full day lampworking workshop with Suzanne. I had some limited experience of lampworking before and it was great to be able to build upon my previous knowledge and try lots of new techniques.
Suzanne is a brilliant teacher, extremely knowledgable and very calm and patient. She was able to demonstrate whilst allowing me lots of time at the torch also. Suzanne was encouraging and reassuring during the day as well as giving praise and helpful suggestions too.
Suzanne's workshop is lovely, bright and calm, allowing for a relaxed atmosphere. Also, I enjoyed looking at some of Suzanne's fabulous creations that are on display in the workshop.
All in all I have a wonderful day and am very pleased with the beads I created.
Thank you Suzanne!

Response from Suzanne Jewellery:

Thank you so much for lovely review. I am so pleased you enjoyed your workshop.

Penny - - #17022

I have done a little beadmaking before and wanted to extend my range of techniques. Suzanne was really welcoming and knowledgeable, she demonstrated clearly what I wanted to know, answered all my questions and helped me to learn the techniques. A very satisfying day.

Response from Suzanne Jewellery:

So pleased you enjoyed your day, thank you for taking the time to review your workshop. Suzanne

Shirley Janes - - #16403

I loved every minute of my day with suzanne. Learning different tecniques and producing glass beads with different designs, something I had never experienced before.
I got a very warm welcome on arrival and Suzannes style of teaching is relaxed and encouraging which made me feel extremely comfortable to learn the art of lampworking without any pressure at all.
I’m looking forward to experiencing the next level course 😊

Response from Suzanne Jewellery:

Lovely to hear you enjoyed your workshop Shirley, thank you for taking the time to review it.

Sue Meachen - - #16256

Had an amazing day and loved every minute of my full day lampwork course. Suzanne was very welcoming and broke each process down, I started with a simple bead and progressed to a heart shape one with lots of other techniques and processes inbetween. Suzanne was an excellent teacher, consistsntly patient and encouraging. I enjoyed watching her demonstrate each process and her enthusiasm for her craft, she ensured I got the most out of my day with constant, well spaced time at the tourch and by the end of the day I had produced a range of beautiful beads which had progressively improved.
Suzannes workshop is a lovely space with a range of rods and frit to use in colours of choice. I was facinated with the work she herself produces which is truly unique.
I can highly recommend this lampworking workshop and intend to return for another. A fabulous experience and a fabulous teacher. Thank you for an amazing day.

Response from Suzanne Jewellery:

Thank you for your wonderful review Sue, so pleased you enjoyed your workshop.

Karen Fewell - - #16123

I had a lovely day with Suzanne. It was a really hands-on course and I was making things all day. I loved that I got to try so many techniques and styles in one day and can't wait to see the finished beads once they have been finished in the kiln.

Response from Suzanne Jewellery:

Thank you for taking the time to review your workshop.
I am so pleased you enjoyed your day.
Kind Regards

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