Jan Jennings


Welcome to the website of Glass Beadmakers UK (GBUK).

Here you can find information, links and pictures about the art of lampworked glass beads.
To find out about GBUK and what we do please see the ‘About GBUK‘ page. Our gallery showcases some of the work by our members and is constantly expanding, whilst our links page provides links to our members websites and other websites of interest.
If you would like to join GBUK then please use the form on the Join us page.

If you have any questions please feel free to contact us using the contact form.

We produce and print a journal each year: want to buy Journal Issue 5? Or are you interested in back-issue PDFs?

GBUK on social media: you can follow us on Twitter, discuss on LinkedIn, and see our Facebook page.

Come and join our Flickr group to show off what you’ve been making! Glass Beadmakers UK on Flickr.

Latest News

Posted on April 19th 2014 » April issue of Flame

The April/May issue of Flame is out! May’s challenge is to make a bead, set of beads, focal, mixed media, on or off mandrel piece using the theme of ‘Sealife’ or the technique of ‘dots’. Post your photos on the Frit-Happens thread and/or the Craft Pimp thread and/or our Facebook page by 15th May 2014. The challenge is open to members and non-members alike. All members’ photos will be included in the May issue of the GBUK Flame.

Contents: Read more…

Posted on April 14th 2014 » Competition 2015 themes

The themes for 2015 are “Animal Prints” and “Art Nouveau” – thinking caps on now, you have till the end of next Feb!

Posted on April 14th 2014 » Competition 2014 winners!

Thank you to everyone who entered the competition this year, the entries were both beautiful and stunning. A lot of hard work went into each and every one. Thanks also to everyone who came and ogled the entries on our stand at the Flame Off! Here are the winners.

BEGINNER – Katrina Beattie
SET – Ilsa Fatt
FOCAL – Judith Hannington
OTHER – Judith Hannington
JEWELLERY – Linda Newnham

Pictures below. Read more…

Posted on March 18th 2014 » Ways to make a twistie

To go with this month’s Technique Challenge, there are some twistie-making tips in our techniques section.

Got any you want to add? Let us know!