We just had such a fun weekend with Laura Sparling AKA Beads By Laura. Its the second time she’s done a class with us here at Mangobeads and its always so much fun !

Laura demonstrating blown beads

We did so many things in the class including Laura’s fabulous signature scrollwork on tiny tiny beads – wow she’s just so talented –  she also demonstrated her blown beads which the ladies with us had so much fun with .

Laura demonstrating scroll work

Laura who can turn her hand to almost anything is also a fabulous knitter – she made me these wonderful sox and Max has of course put in an order for a jumper which we had a fun time measuring him up for ! As Laura says he has a very short inside leg measurement !

Max and my sox

I can honestly say that never have I met anyone so very generous with her knowledge – she was my inspiration before I started bead making and the reason I sought out Diana East to start me on my glass journey 12 years ago.

To have been holding this class this past weekend with Laura as the news of Diana’s passing broke was very sad, but it enabled me to reflect and smile on the memories of Diana and her involvement and support of both me and our business ‘Mangobeads’ with a studio full of students which she would have loved.

Diana Officially opened Mangobeads as a teaching studio in 2011 Blog Post on this to follow in the coming days.

Laura has a wonderful blog on her website and a terrific tumblr account which she shares so much of her life, loves and work. She’s an incredible writer and will brighten your day with her wonderful aptitude for writing and her brilliant sense of humour.

Along with her bead making Laura is about to embark on a new chapter in her life with an Archaeology Degree – I for one am looking forward to following her progress in something I know is very close to her heart.

Watch out Time Team you have one truly special Archaeologist on board .

Thank you Laura for a wonderful weekend one to remember XXXXX


New ideas for 2017

Can you think of anything nicer than getting together a group of lampworking friends, escaping to the west country to make beads for a whole weekend, perhaps visiting a beach or two and enjoying some lovely meals out.

Our Studio in Barnstaple is superbly placed for you to do just that.

Book hotels or self catering accommodation all together or separately and spend the day with your friends making beads at our studio and the evenings socialising and generally having a super time.

Provisional Idea of Costs 

420.00 for two days studio hire

Max 8 people

Times 10.00 – 4.30

You will have access to minor bench burners running on 5 litre oxycons , the use of our kiln , 2.4mm mandrels , and bead release, bench tools and a large collection of presses .

You will need to bring your own glass. We do have some to purchase.

Access to basic kitchen facilities including the use of a microwave.

The studio must be tidied at the end of the weekend.

Any beads that are left in the kiln will be sent to the person who made the booking the following week.
(there will be an extra charge for this)

Either David or myself will be present throughout the weekend for health and safety purposes only.

There will be a 50.00 deposit payable at time of booking which will be non refundable. The balance will be payable two weeks before the chosen date

This is only an idea and we would appreciate your response and would be delighted if you have time to comment !