The Tartan Trout

Cole Meadow

High Bickington


EX37 9EN






My studio is situated on the outskirts of the lovely North Devon village of High Bickington. It is approximately 20 minutes from both Barnstaple & South Molton. 
















All classes include the following:


  • Notes on lampworking and what equipment you will need to set up.
  • Use of all equipment and materials required to complete the class.
  • All the beads you make and I make, cleaned and posted to you the following working day
  • Access to my collection of lampwork and jewellery books
  • Access to my work
  • Tea, coffee and biscuits of course!


Beginners Lampwork


I find there are two categories of beginners, those that want a day out doing something a little different and those that are intending to take up bead making in the future and want to learn a few basic skills. I can tailor your lesson to suit your individual requirements.


Improvers/Specific Skills in Lampwork


Whether you have only a few hours torch experience or have been lampworking for sometime, I can help you improve your existing skills and develop your knowledge as well as cover a wide range of techniques of your choice including the following:

Taming dots, raking and twisting dots, using silver, encasing, making bracelet beads and getting to grips with presses and bead rollers.

If there is something not listed that you had in mind please contact me to dicuss.


Beads To Jewellery


This class is for those that have no jewellery making experience and have had a beginners lampworking full day with me. You will learn a few basic wire work and assembly skills to turn your own handmade lampwork beads into jewellery. Practice pieces will be made up using silver plated components but your final pieces using your own lampwork (and spacers of mine if needed) will be made using Sterling silver (at an additional £20 per head). The class would be best taken the day after your beginners class but can be taken at a later date if needed.




Lampwork Classes for One:


Beginner Taster Session (3 hours) - £70


Beginner Full day Session  (6 hours) - £130


Improver or specific skills full day (6 hours) - £125


Improver Tuition per hour - £25 (only available if a previous lesson has been taught by The Tartan Trout)



Lampwork Classes for Two:


Beginner Taster Session (3 hours) - £100


Beginner Full day Session (6 hours) - £195



Jewellery Making Classes:


Beads To Jewellery Morning or Afternoon for one person (3 hours) - £75


Beads To Jewellery Morning or Afternoon for two persons (3 hours) - £120


Jewellery lesson (3 hours) min 3 people -  £35 per person




Torch Time 


Torch Rental - £7.50/hour


Torch rental is only available to previous students of mine, and for a minimum of 3 hours. The price includes the following:


• use of the Nortel Minor Burner and didymium safety glasses.
• use of pre-dipped mandrels that are ready to go.
• use of kiln, oxygen, propane, ventilation. 
• use of a wide array of tools and books. 
• postage of your own annealed (not cleaned) beads the following working day.


Glass is NOT included, however, a wide range of glass is available to purchase by the rod.

Rented torch time does not officially include any input from me, although I will be there working on my own things and am usually happy to chat and answer questions.

Should you wish to stay overnight, affordable accommodation is available locally.


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