Ruthin Craft Centre
The Centre for the Applied Arts

Talks, Events & Workshops

We provide a host of talks, events & workshops to accompany our gallery exhibitions. Click through the arrows to view What’s on.

Talks

‘The Nature of Craft’

Afternoon Talks Saturday 1 April 1.30pm – 4.00pm £5.00 Please call to book a place

Guest Speakers on the day will include MAKE exhibitors:-
– Edmond Byrne
– Sebastian Cox
– Angharad Thomas

One of the definitions of the beginning of human existence is measured by when man first created and used tools. Our understanding of the nature and existence of early civilisations is from the study  of artefacts. Crafted objects are at the very core of human existence. The MAKE exhibition aims to inspire our visitors to re-engage with fundamental instincts to create, use and admire hand created objects.

Our guest speakers on the day will share their experiences as a maker; will talk us through the nature of craft within their practice and its relation to everyday living.

image: Angharad Thomas

Workshops

Clay hand building workshops

with ceramicist Kirsti Hannah Brown Saturday 8 April 1.00pm – 3.30pm FREE no need to book

Clay-building drop-in event for all ages 

Come and try your hand at making a pinch pot in terracotta clay which can be used as a night light. The work created during the session will then be taken away to be fired and returned to Ruthin Craft Centre for collection.

Suitable for all ages and all children must be accompanied by an adult.

Workshops

Make, Build, Glaze and Fire Two part workshop:

with Potters Carla Pownall and Paul Lloyd Sunday 9 April £4.00 for 2 part workshop please call to book a place, limited spaces available

Part 1: Making the object in clay
Workshop 1: 10.30am – 12.30pm
Workshop 2: 1.30pm – 3.30pm
(20 max per workshop) 

For part one of the workshop you’ll have the opportunity to make your own functional object in clay with potters Carla and Paul, as they guide you through the process of the hand building and decorating techniques in clay.

Your piece will then be taken away to be bisque fired and returned to Ruthin Craft Centre in time for part 2 glaze and Raku fire workshop.

Please make sure you have booked your second slot, for the glaze and firing workshop as spaces are limited to 10 participants per session.

Suitable for all ages, all children must be accompanied by an adult.

Workshops

Portfolio: Sketchbook and portfolio

development workshops Tuesday 11 April 11.00am – 4.00pm £13.00 Please call to book a place – spaces are limited

For young people aged 14–16 (studying GCSE Art and Design) with Kevin Furlong from the University of Chester.

This Portfolio session will offer you an opportunity to experience a very brief taste of life studying art and design at university or college. During the session you will be introduced to some creative approaches to stimulate your imagination and direct your art and design thinking by investigating visual research techniques.

You will also have an opportunity to talk about your portfolio and how you might confidently present your work at a college, apprenticeship or university interview.

Please bring your portfolio work, working sketch books, completed sketch books and your favourite pen or pencil.

Lunch will not be provided on the day, please bring a packed lunch with you.

Workshops

Portfolio: Sketchbook and portfolio

development workshops Wednesday 12 April 11.00am – 4.00pm £13.00 Please call to book a place – spaces are limited

For young people aged 16–18 (studying AS/A level Art and Design) with Nigel Hurlstone from Manchester School of Art.

This sketchbook and portfolio workshop will be delivered in two parts.

Part one will interrogate what a ‘sketchbook’ can physically be, how it might be utilised and why it is central to the development of your own individual art and design practice. Emphasis will be placed on ‘re-inventing’ the sketchbook as a place in which recording, mapping out ideas and speculating about ‘what might happen next,’ becomes embedded in your practice and artwork.

Part two will focus on helping you to analyse what information is held in your sketchbooks and how to extract this in a meaningful way within the context of a portfolio. The ordering, formatting, editing and extraction from sketchbooks will be examined in order to demonstrate how ideas can move from the pages of a sketchbook to inform more developed work within your portfolio.

The workshop will be a ‘hands-on’ practical session that will involve working with an existing sketchbook and creating or extending an existing portfolio. Therefore, please bring your portfolio work, working sketch books and completed sketch books with you on the day.

Lunch will not be provided on the day, please bring a packed lunch with you.

Workshop

Craft Club for children aged 5–11

Thursday 13 April 10.30am – 12.30pm or 1.30pm – 3.30pm £5.00 please call to book a place

Come and join ceramicist Kirsti Hannah Brown and make an animal or figure in clay and then decorate with coloured slips as part of the finishing touches.

The work created during the session will then be taken away to be fired and returned to Ruthin Craft Centre for collection.

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Workshops

Make, Build, Glaze and Fire Two part workshop:

with Potters Carla Pownall and Paul Lloyd Saturday 15 April & Sunday 16 April £4.00 for 2 part workshop please call to book a place, limited spaces available

Part 2: Glazing the work and Raku firing
(live in RCC courtyard) Saturday 15 April
Slot 1: 10.00am – 11.30am
Slot 2: 11.30am – 1.00pm
(10 max per workshop)

Sunday 16 April
Slot 1: 10.00am – 11.30am
Slot 2: 11.30am – 1.00pm
(10 max per workshop)

For part one of the workshop you’ll have the opportunity to make your own functional object in clay with potters Carla and Paul, as they guide you through the process of the hand building and decorating techniques in clay.

Your piece will then be taken away to be bisque fired and returned to Ruthin Craft Centre in time for part 2 glaze and Raku fire workshop.

Please make sure you have booked your second slot, for the glaze and firing workshop as spaces are limited to 10 participants per session.

Suitable for all ages, all children must be accompanied by an adult.

Workshops

An afternoon of glazing pots

and Raku firing – 1 1/2 hour sessions Saturday 15 April & Sunday 16 April £3.00 please call to book a place, limited spaces available for each session

Saturday 15 April
Slot 1: 1.30pm – 3.00pm
Slot 2: 3.30pm – 5.00pm
(10 max per session)

Sunday 16 April
Slot 1: 1.30pm – 3.00pm
Slot 2: 3.30pm – 5.00pm
(10 max per session) 

Come and choose a fired pot and decorate in different glazes. Once glazed you’ll then have the opportunity to watch your pot being Raku fired live in Ruthin Craft Centre courtyard.

You’ll then have a completed Raku fired pot to take home with you on the day!

Suitable for all ages. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Workshops

Slip trailing clay workshops

with ceramicist Wendy Lawrence Tuesday 18 April & Wednesday 19 April 1.30pm – 3.30pm FREE suitable for all ages, no need to book

Come and experience the tactile qualities of clay by decorating a terracotta tile in a honey glaze through the technique of slip trailing.

The work created during the session will then be taken away to be fired and returned to Ruthin Craft Centre for collection.

Workshop

Adult clay workshop

with Kirsti Hannah Brown Sunday 23 April 1.30pm – 4.30pm £15.00 please call to book a place

During this workshop you will be introduced to a range of hand building techniques using a stoneware clay to create textured slab vessels inspired by the sea and plants. The workshop will also cover decorating techniques using coloured slips to add further depth to the work.

The work created during the workshop will then be taken away to be fired and returned to Ruthin Craft Centre for collection.

Suitable for beginners. 

Talk

Talk and Demonstrations with Ceramicist

Eddie Curtis North Wales Potters event (NWP) Sunday 7 May 10.30am – 4.00pm (1hr break for lunch)

£15.00 for NWP members
£25.00 for non-members

To book a place, please call 01492 572575 or email –
NWP Bev Bell-Hughes – bevandterry@googlemail.com

Workshop

Adult Masterclasses: Janet Bolton

2 day workshop Saturday 13 & Sunday 14 May 10.30am – 4.30pm £120 light lunch included. Please call to book a place

This 2-day workshop aims to introduce students to the idea of working directly with the chosen fabrics to create compositions, rather than working from design drawings. This approach allows for a wonderful freedom, while at the same time allowing for complete accuracy of intent. Throughout the 2 day’s Janet will demonstrate, using examples of work in progress, the way an idea can be developed. She will also describe and demonstrate the simple hand sewing techniques to be used.

Suitable for intermediate level.

Workshop

Messy Play: TEXTURE

Wednesday 17 May 10.00am – 11.30pm All sessions are FREE please call to book a place as spaces are limited

Come along with your toddler to an assisted viewing of our exhibitions followed by a messy play session in the education room.

TEXTURE: Looking at the surfaces of cups, teapots and vessels of Terry Bell-Hughes in his new exhibition, we will be rolling out clay and having a go ourselves. Time for tea in our play area; maybe bring your teddy along too?

Workshop

Making Connections: May half-term activity

Thursday 1 June 10.30am – 12.30pm or 1.30pm – 3.30pm FREE no need to book

Inspired by the Petals and Claws exhibition (The Owl Service by Alan Garner).
Family drop-in workshop, suitable for all ages

The exhibition Petals and Claws celebrates two stories in which owls play an important role – The Owl Service by Alan Garner and the story of Blodeuwedd in the Mabinogion.

Join artist Liz Ellis in a clay modelling workshop and make your own owl / bird. Your owl will then be taken away to be fired and returned to Ruthin Craft Centre for you to pick up at a later date. Your owl / bird may then be painted to your own design at home.

Workshop

Petals and Claws: 1 day clay modelling

workshop with ceramicist Liz Ellis Sunday 18 June 10.30am – 4.30pm £50 light lunch included. Please call to book a place

During this one day workshop you’ll create your own figurative sculpture of an owl / bird in porcelain paper clay. Liz will guide you through the process of the hand building method and discuss the different options for decorating the finished piece. At the end of the day the pieces will be taken to be fired and returned to the gallery for collection at a later date.

Suitable for all levels.

Workshop

Messy Play: MEET THE POTTER

Wednesday 28 June 10.00am – 11.30pm All sessions are FREE please call to book a place as spaces are limited

Come along with your toddler to an assisted viewing of our exhibitions followed by a messy play session in the education room.

MEET THE POTTER: The Terry Bell-Hughes exhibition continues in the main gallery and we will be treated to a surprise guest potter who will join us, for more ‘play with clay’ on this special occasion.

Booking Information

To book your place please call 01824 704774

Come and learn at Ruthin Craft Centre with wonderful, knowledgeable tutors in a relaxed learning atmosphere.
With lunches available from Café R with courtyard terrace and plenty of free on-site parking – it really is a wonderful environment to meet like-minded people and study. Courses are non-residential however excellent accommodation abounds in Ruthin and nearby. View the Visit Wales website for details. www.visitwales.co.uk

Unless otherwise stated, all talks, events and workshops must be
booked in advance. Fees are required to be paid in full at the time
 of booking. Cancellation of a place by a course member does not
 automatically qualify for a refund. Some courses may be altered
or cancelled if there are insufficient enrolments.