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 3 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.
• You will make approx five to six 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)
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 workshop 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.
I brought my daughter for her 14th birthday and we both had a really inspiring, enjoyable time. It was nice to find someone who was prepared to have someone of my daughter's age as many places stipulate 16. I've always had a fascination with glass work and my daughter had been keen to try some for a while too. She was particularly keen to work with hot glass so Suzanne's workshop was perfect for her. It's also nice that beads can be easily used afterwards to create a memento of the occasion. It was a nice environment to work in, Suzanne was very friendly and helpful and the biscuits were also very nice 😊
Jennifer Denning - - #22214
Response from Suzanne Jewellery:So please you both enjoyed your workshop, I look forward to seeing what you made with your beads. Thank you for taking the time to write a review.
Lampworking is something I've been wanting to try for a while. So when I came across Suzanne offering a beginners workshop, I jumped at the chance!
Suzanne was super friendly with a lot of patience, which was brilliant for someone like me who hadn't worked with glass before. The half day session went by in a flash... but it was so informative. Suzanne briefly explained her process and even the type of glass she used which I found so interesting.
The session was brilliantly put together. I was able to watch Suzanne make a bead, each step explained clearly and then basically have a go myself! As a complete novice I was surprised I was able to create what I did! It was thoroughly enjoyable and if this is something you've even remotely thought about doing - give it a go!
The half day session is brilliant for people with busy lives/work - I can only imagine what fun can be had in a full day.
Thanks so much for having me Suzanne. :)
Gemma - - #21751
Response from Suzanne Jewellery:So pleased you enjoyed your workshop Gemma. Thank you for taking the time to post a review. Suzanne
We had a great time on this course. Three of us attended this course, from three generations, ranging in age ( 17 to 70.) We had an amazing morning, Suzanne explained and demonstrated everything so clearly and went at our varying paces. The process is mesmerising and relaxing, we are all hooked. We received our beads 2 working days later and we are very proud of what we have produced. I would recommend it to all.
Heather Griffiths - - #17296
Response from Suzanne Jewellery:Thank you for your review Heather, so pleased you all enjoyed your morning.
I would like to say a big thank you for an amazing day I loved every moment you are a great teacher, I was super excited to see how my beads would turn out! I was so impressed I made a key ring out of them which make me smile everyday! I can’t recommend the course enough it’s a must do I will definitely be coming back x
Marcia Howe - - #16164
Course dates are flexible; please get in touch for the next available date.
This craft course provider has been awarded Gold status for receiving 10 or more 5 star ratings from previous students.
The Students' Choice award ensures that course providers get recognised for their efforts in the teaching and practice of UK craft.
They also allow tutors to gain valuable feedback on their courses and for new students to find the course that's right for them.