I often teach workshops, the details are listed below. 

Please contact host directly to inquire about further details, for example, the equipment requirements, dates, costs and available places.

You are also most welcome to contact me to ask questions, please email me at kathrynwardill@hotmail.com

Upcoming workshops

June 2024 – Beginner glass bead making, 5 days, Toowoomba QLD, AUS

July 2024 – Intermediate glass bead making, 2 days, Belgrave, VIC, AUS

See details below:

17th – 21st June 2024

Bookings Now Open!

Workshop Outline

Adventure into the world of HOT GLASS! Create one-off glass beads, miniature artworks that others will marvel at. Teaching the basics of glass bead making, no experience is necessary other than to work with your hands on a small scale. Students need good eyesight and the steady use of both hands. Safety, understanding equipment, glass, and mandrel preparation all lead to making your beads. As the workshop progresses, more elaborate techniques will be introduced such as shaping beads, using stringers, and decorative techniques, tips, tricks, and troubleshooting. Scheduled class times are highly structured with a balance between demonstrations and students practicing techniques. Upon completion, students will have acquired the technical skills to continue to practice their glass bead-making skills in their studios. Due to the nature of this workshop, students are unable to work unsupervised out-of-class hours.

Intermediate Glass Beadmaking

Blue Dog Glass – Belgrave, VIC, Australia

Two Saturday course – 10 am to 4 pm  – Saturday 20 and Sunday 21 July 2024

Join an intermediate bead making workshop which is designed to consolidate your skills making glass beads. Building on basic techniques, this workshop will challenge you to explore new techniques and design elements.

Throughout the workshop, you will:

  • Learn to create intricate canes and utilise them in your bead designs.
  • Explore the art of floral bead making, adding depth and detail to your creations.
  • Master the technique of encasing, creating beautiful visual effects within your beads.
  • Experiment with metals, incorporating them into your beads for unique textures and finishes.
  • Discover sculptural techniques, pushing the boundaries of traditional bead shapes.
  • Explore the art of creating hollow beads, adding dimension and complexity to your designs.

Kathryn’s highly structured approach includes daily demonstrations followed by ample practice time, ensuring you not only understand the techniques but can confidently apply them to your own creations.

Beginner Glass Beadmaking

Blue Dog Glass

Two Saturday course – 10 am to 4 pm  – TBC in 2024

Venture into the world of hot glass! Create one-off glass beads, miniature artworks that others will marvel at​. Glass bead making, also known as lampworking or flameworking, is an art that involves shaping molten glass using a torch. This ancient craft has been practised for centuries.

The process begins with a selection of glass rods, each with its own unique colour and properties. These rods are heated the flame of a torch until they become soft and malleable. The maker then winds the molten glass around a mandrel, a thin metal rod coated with a release agent to prevent the glass from sticking. This creates the basic shape of the bead.​

As the bead takes form, the maker can introduce additional colours and patterns by melting other glass rods onto the surface or by using various tools to manipulate the molten glass. Stringers, thin rods of coloured glass are often used to create intricate designs and details of the beads surface.

Teaching the basics of glass bead making, Kathryn will  thoroughly explains all aspects of the process, no experience is necessary. Students need good eyesight and the steady use of both hands. Scheduled class times are highly structured with a balance between demonstrations and students practising techniques. Upon completion students have the knowledge to continue to practice their bead making skills in their own studios. Topics covered include: Health and safety, understanding equipment, glass and mandrel preparation, shaping beads, using stringers, decorative techniques, general tips, tricks and troubleshooting. Please note all tools and equipment are provided. Students will be required to supply their own glass rods, or purchase at the studio for approximately $30. Bullseye glass rods are used and you can preview colours at our online store.

Blue Dog Glass Studio details:



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Student feedback:

“After making glass beads under Kathryn’s tutelage  at Summer School for six years , I am continuing to learn and expand the possibilities of unique glass bead making with her encouragement I have made more beautiful beads than I could ever have imagined myself creating. I haven’t finished learning yet. It is wonderful to wear beads that I enjoy, others enjoy and I know they are unique. Thank you Kathryn” from Meryl 

“I enrolled in a glass bead making class not knowing anything about the process. I would have to say I love it. Kathryn is a patient teacher who carefully demonstrates each skill we need to master and does beautiful work of her own. If I had time I would bead all day everyday.” from June 

“Great subject, excellent course structure and fabulous TEACHER, what more can you ask for? Patience and confidence, Kathryn has both and passes them on in her classes.” from Kris 

“Kathryn is an excellent teacher, her passion and enthusiasm for glass bead making help make her classes a ‘must do’ in my diary.” from Mary 

“Kathryn’s  class was interesting from the start, covered lots of techniques and was so uncomplicated it’s encouraged me to try anything.” Katherine 

“In 2006 I attended Kathryn Wardill’s Glass Bead Making workshop at McGregor Summer School. At the commencement of the workshop I had only a very slight knowledge of the method of Lampwork and limited experience working with glass. Upon completion of the two week workshop I had gained a strong understanding of the materials and techniques along with an insatiable appetite for Glass Bead Making!
In the years that have followed this workshop I have myself become a professional Glass Artist and have collaborated with and designed for some wonderfully talented people within the Jewellery industry. I am eternally grateful to Kathryn for her generosity and support as a teacher and continue to admire the unique application of her skill as both Glass Artist and Jeweller. Thanks Kathryn.”
From Brydie Jayne 

“Kathryn’s class was packed full of instruction and the material learned in a weekend would have equaled 3 classes with another teacher. Kathryn dedicated time to each student and was endlessly patient as we bombarded her with questions! Thanks Kathryn for setting such a great lampwork foundation for me to learn from!” From Carli

“My beginnings with glass were mostly self taught, leadlighting, glass fusing and bead making, I’d had very limited instruction, and really was struggling! Finally I made it to a Glass Bead Making class tutored by Kathryn at McGregor Summer School and everything fell into place. Kathryn teaches technical background and practical application, by the end of her classes all students are designing their own original glass beads! More than a year later I could not be happier with the professional instruction and personal attention that Kathryn has given to me, I am really happy with the beads I make now and still refer back to the notes written in class time. I guarantee that if you consider taking one of Kathryn’s classes you should do that class – you will always cherish the time you spent there, and especially the skills you will learn from her.” From Sher McKain  (Fine Art Student, QCA)

“What a wonderful 10 days of learning from Kathryn. As a self taught bead maker I can thoroughly recommend that a class with her will bring it altogether. She is patient, helps to fix your mistakes and encourages you to push your bead making to higher levels. Thank you Kathryn” From Carolyn 

“I landed in one of Kathryn’s lampwork week-long workshops out of curiosity in 2007 and have not looked back. I am inspired by Kathryn’s knowledge of her art. During the workshop Kathryn skilfully and gently builds up your confidence and skill level, letting you find your style while watching you like a hawk – not only for your safety but for others around you. At the end of the week we were left with the skills and confidence to continue working with a hothead but also a collection of lampwork to be proud of. Personally this workshop unleashed a skill and passion that I did not know existed. I have since spent countless hours over the torch perfecting my own skills and developing new ones. This has lead to some fantastic commission opportunities for me as a textile artist. Thank you Kathryn for unleashing a spark that was clearly dormant until you introduced me to the hothead.” With the Kindest Regards Sonja Hindrum

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