Course Start Dates
Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.
About the Course
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.
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 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 booking with a CraftCourses voucher for part or all of the course fee, please fill in the contact form above. Your 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, 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.
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 - - #24190
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
Jess Dickie - - #22963
Response from Suzanne Jewellery:I m so pleased you enjoyed your workshop. Thank you for taking the time to write a review.
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!
Alison Ivanec - - #21892
Response from Suzanne Jewellery:So pleased you enjoyed your workshop, thank you for taking the time to write a review. Suzanne
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.
Carly Atwill - - #21548
Response from Suzanne Jewellery:Thank you for taking the time to review your workshop. So pleased you enjoyed your day. Suzanne
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!
Charlotte - - #20641
Response from Suzanne Jewellery:Thank you so much for lovely review. I am so pleased you enjoyed your workshop.
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.
Penny - - #17022
Response from Suzanne Jewellery:So pleased you enjoyed your day, thank you for taking the time to review your workshop. Suzanne
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 😊
Shirley Janes - - #16403
Response from Suzanne Jewellery:Lovely to hear you enjoyed your workshop Shirley, thank you for taking the time to review it.
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.
Sue Meachen - - #16256
Response from Suzanne Jewellery:Thank you for your wonderful review Sue, so pleased you enjoyed your workshop.
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.
Karen Fewell - - #16123
Response from Suzanne Jewellery:Thank you for taking the time to review your workshop.
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