Get your hands on some beautiful interactive elements of making with our professional designer makers.
Mosaic Workshop with Susie Chaikin
Saturday 15 September – 10:30 – 1:00 in the Education Tent, Walled Garden.
Price £25 including all materials – maximum number 8
You will be making a complete mosaic piece to take home and display. Using a pre-cut heart shape made by Susie and pre-cut mosaic. She will demonstrate how to cut the pieces, and how to mix the grout. You are encouraged to integrate something personal into the mosaic by either bringing a special or broken plate, small found object or piece of jewellery of sentimental value.
Susie Chaikin is an artist whose practice encompasses painting, mosaic and embroidery. She is showing her work on the Makers’ Emporium Stand.
“My main aim is to translate and inject this joy and beauty into my mosaics, textile hangings and sculptures using an eclectic collection of images, patterns, china, birds and figures that are either glued or stitched. I am a real cuckoo for colour and pattern and love rummaging around in car boots and antique shops for my finds. Making art totally thrills me – I create flowers, bird ladies and hearts that just seem to grow out of my body. If you have read ‘The Boy Who Grew Flowers’ by Jen Wojtowicz you will understand what I mean!”
Botanical Tile Making Workshop with Jessica Harrington
Saturday 15 September 10:30 – 1:30 in the Education Tent, Walled Garden. Price £25 – maximum 8
All the materials will be included in this workshop. You will make a decorative plaster tile to take home. You are encouraged to bring plant material from home or collect from Trereife Park. You will be given expert advice on the make -up of the plaster and the best way to get a crisp and details cast.
Jessica says “I love capturing a unique and beautiful plant moment in plaster and preserving it forever. With each tile I try and capture some of the ephemeral qualities of plants. I create botanical plaster reliefs and each impression can be cast only once, so truly unique, art pieces, clocks & mirrors”.
Raku Firing workshop with Sally Tully
Saturday 15 September 10:30 – 1:00 on The HaHa Green, in front of the house. Price including all materials and a pot £25 – Max 20
Get involved with the elemental experience of how clay is transformed by heat. Decorate a specially made pot by Sally Tully using her specially-made metallic glazes. Watch them be fired in an open gas-fired kiln, put into sawdust and then plunged into water. You will then clean up the pot and discover its amazing iridescent surfaces. You will be thrilled and surprised. Take your pot home with you!
Sally’s unique creations are truly a thing of beauty, and the processes behind each one are fascinating. There are many different techniques that Sally uses; Raku and smoke firing being the two principal ones. Raku pots are glazed and when ready put into sawdust for post firing reduction. These are brightly coloured and have a glossy glazed finish. She also does Smoke firings where the burnished bisque fired pots are wrapped tightly in organic materials such as seaweed collected locally. These are then fired in a sagar in her Raku kiln where the natural minerals impart their colours into the surface of the pots. Each and every piece she makes is unique, the variables of these techniques allow the creation of individual pieces of art.
Mixed Media Sketchbook Workshop with Sue Dove
Saturday 15 September 2:30 – 4:30 in the Education Tent, Walled Garden. Price £25 including materials and sketchbook – max 10
Sue Dove with her long experience of keeping creative journals will help you to break through the fear and reluctance often associated with sketchbooks. Using mixed media, monoprint, collage and drawing she will help you start books full of ideas, colour, pattern and personal narrative.
She studied Textiles at Liverpool Polytechnic. In 1992-95 she spent time in Australia, painting, producing textile pieces and teaching in Mullumbimby. She ran the HND in Fine Art Textiles at Cornwall College. Sue’s processes are painting, collage and mixed media with stitch.
All materials supplied, you may bring an existing sketchbook but the price of the workshop includes a nice new sketchbook (costing £6)
Willow Weaving Workshop with Geraldine Jones
Saturday 15 September 2:00 –4:00 in the Education Tent, Walled Garden. Price £18 including all materials – max 10
Make a ‘Springtime’ platter so called because they are made with the vibrant colours of Spring cut willow with coloured bark and some white and buff willows. Geraldine will demonstrate the different varieties of basket-making willow. The later autumn-cut colours are beautiful but not so vibrant. The design is taken from the Irish ‘sciathog’, often used to strain and serve potatoes to the table.
Geraldine Jones is a co- founder of ‘Basketry and Beyond’ an organisation that works to preserve what has been learnt from traditional basket-making, to explore new ways of making and to expand the boundaries of the craft. She is often commissioned to create structures for special events. She is a member of the Cornwall Craft Association and has a workshop at the Salt Cellar studio in Porthleven.
“My work these days is often less to do with baskets and more to do with creating structure and form, often applying basketry techniques to very different materials as well as from my home grown basket willows.”
Spoon & Spatula Carving Workshop with Felix Kary
Sunday 16 September – 10:30 – 12:30 in the Education Tent, Walled Garden. Price £18 – max 10
It is relaxing to carve a spoon or spatula; you sit in a companionable group making something useable of your own from the branch of a tree using traditional woodcarving tools.
Felix is willing to share his knowledge and understanding. Each step of the process will be demonstrated, from the selection and cleaving of greenwood using a hand axe, to shaping using chip knives and gouges to final finishing.
Felix Kary is a spoon carver, craft teacher and skilled woodsman based in South Devon. He works as an artist and as an educator to place value on traditional craft.
Felt Corsage Workshop with Lizzie Houghton
Sunday 16 September – 10:30 – 12:30 in the Education Tent, Walled Garden. Price £25 – max 10
This short course will give an introduction to the exciting and ancient craft of feltmaking by combining wool fleece with soap and water, and then using gentle manipulation, this magical process will be explained.
You will be able to create a beautiful delicate felt flower which may be worn as a corsage or a hair adornment.
Lizzie Houghton trained as a fashion designer and is now a renowned feltmaker, specialising in wearable art. A love of colour, pattern, textures, and natural forms combined with luxury natural fabrics are Lizzie’s greatest inspiration. She makes jackets, dresses, hats, scarves and accessories often incorporating her hand-dyed silk fibres and fleece. Her felt is of a fine drape-able quality and sumptuous colours.
She is author of ‘Creative Feltmaking’, and the acclaimed book ‘Felting Fashion’, which has just been re-published in paperback. Lizzie has taught her skills throughout the UK, Europe, America, Australia and New Zealand. Her beautiful work is in collections all over the world.
Stencil Printed Canvas Bag Workshop with Kathryn Clarke
Sunday 16 September 2:00 – 4:00 in the Education Tent, Walled Garden. Price £25 including all materials – max 10
Design and make a stencil printed bag. Print your design with fabric inks and make a lovely colourful bag to take home. Kathryn Clarke is a freelance designer with design, making, pattern cutting and print skills, producing her own accessory collections. She has worked for many years as a bespoke dress designer for a couture company and has great experience in designing and producing costumes for theatrical companies. She is showing her accessories alongside Liz Lippiatt.