Ruthin Craft Centre
The Centre for the Applied Arts


NEW Portfolio Tasters – FOR 11–14 YEAR OLDS

1 – 29 August  11.00am – 4.00pm You can pick and choose between 3 blocks; each 1-day block is £10 or attend all 3 blocks (3 workshops) for £25

As a new addition to our Portfolio programme, this year we are offering 1-day Taster workshops with professional makers for young people aged 11–14.

As we are celebrating our 10th year anniversary since the re-launch this summer, the themes of the Portfolio workshops will be based on previous shows to celebrate the 100+ exhibitions we have shown during the past 10 years at Ruthin Craft Centre.

Block 1: Rachel Coleman – Textile artist and designer
Workshop: 3 dimensional sculpture based on the ‘Smile’ exhibition.
Wednesday 1 August, 11.00am – 4.00pm

Block 2: Olivia Brown – Ceramicist
Workshop: Ceramics based on ‘Reggie’s Roller Palace’ exhibition.
Wednesday 15 August, 11.00am – 4.00pm

Block 3: Fiona Wilson – Printmaker
Workshop: Printmaking based on ‘W is for Wallpaper’ exhibition.
Wednesday 29 August, 11.00am – 4.00pm

For details on how to book your place call 01824 704774.



Portfolio – block 2: Jennifer Barker, Brian Duffy

& Verity Pulford – Glass – FOR 14–18 YEAR OLDS 13 & 14 August 11.00am – 4.00pm Each 2-day block is £20 or attend all 3 blocks (6 workshops) for £50

Jennifer Barker & Brian Duffy – Monday 13 August
10.00am – Pick up at Ruthin Craft Centre.
11.00am – 4.00pm – Workshop at Glyndŵr University.
5.00pm – Arrive back at Ruthin Craft Centre.
Transport will be provided from Ruthin Craft Centre to Glyndŵr University.

Jennifer Barker is a Senior Lecturer at Glyndŵr University school of Art specialising in glass. She is skilled in working kiln work glass and cold work architectural glass applications. She runs a successful Architectural Glass Business in Liverpool City Centre.

Brian Duffy has a BA and MA in Contemporary Applied Arts and has spent thirty years in the glass industry producing large architectural commissions alongside teaching. Brian has a keen interest in garden design creating award winning sculptures for RHS show gardens at Chelsea Flower show, Hampton Court and Tatton Flower Show amongst others.

The workshop – In the first session of the glass workshop at Glyndŵr University students will be able to create a set of glass coasters using their own designs. The design will be etched onto glass using the sandblasting method. In the second session we will be drawing ‘sgraffito’ onto sheet glass and again using sand blasting to etch the image into the glass panel. Silver stain will be added to create tonal elements before the pieces are fired in the glass kiln.

Verity Pulford – Tuesday 14 August
11.00am – 4.00pm at Ruthin Craft Centre.

Verity Pulford is a Glass Artist based in North Wales. She creates wall pieces, functional ware, architectural and public art commissions using fusing, sandblasting, hand-painting and etching.

The workshop – In this workshop, at Ruthin Craft Centre, students will look at the work of Andrew Logan and his use of pattern, this will lead into looking at mandalas, their forms and meanings. Students will design and make a hand-painted glass mandalas using coloured paints and frits. The work created will be taken back to her studio and fired by Verity.

For details on how to book your place call 01824 704774.


Craft Club – Week 3

Thursday 16 August 10.30am – 12.30pm or 1.30pm – 3.30pm £5.00 per session. For children aged 5–11 (Primary)

Reggie’s Roller Palace with ceramicist Olivia Brown

Create a small sculptured dog out of clay.

You’ll start the workshop with a drawing of a dog. You will then go on to learn how to sculpt in clay by capturing the character and expression of your dog using simple modelling. You also have the opportunity to make a kennel to house your dog in once fired.

The work will then be taken away and fired and return to Ruthin Craft Centre at a later date.

Please call to book a place – limited spaces available. All children must be accommodated by an adult.


Reggie’s Roller Palace – Olivia Brown

and Ceri Rimmer – ‘All about Dogs’ Friday 17 August 10.30am – 12.30pm and 1.30pm – 3.30pm FREE Pop in at any time and have go! For ALL ages

We are pleased to welcome back Olivia Brown creator of our popular Reggie’s Roller Palace exhibition, who will be working alongside artist Ceri Rimmer at this fun filled drop in workshop. Why not come along and create your very own clay head dog with Olivia or you might like to make one out of recycled materials with Ceri.


Ryan Hall and Ceri Rimmer –

‘Best in Show’ – Roll up, Roll up! Saturday 18 August 10.30am – 12.30pm and 1.30pm – 3.30pm FREE Pop in at any time and have go! For ALL ages

Come and make your own four legged friend with paper artist Ryan Hall or why not transform yourselves with ‘doggy ears and tails’ with artist Ceri? Once you have made your creation enter your Pooch, Chihuahua, Bulldog, Dalmatian (the list is endless) to our very own ‘Cruft’s’ style dog show. You may win ‘best in show’.

DON’T MISS! Crufts show performance starts at 4.00pm


Portfolio – block 3: Miranda Meilleur

3 dimensional sculpture – FOR 14–18 YEAR OLDS Monday 20 & Tuesday 21 August 11.00am – 4.00pm Each 2-day block is £20 or attend all 3 blocks (6 workshops) for £50

Miranda Meilleur is a silversmith, designer and artist working with precious and non precious metals, primarily copper and silver. She designs and makes small scale sculptural pieces, spoons, bowls and vessels both functional and non-functional. Miranda incorporates detail into her work through the use of acid etching techniques, where the acid eats in to the metal to create an image.

The workshop – During the workshop we will be exploring techniques and processes to create three-dimensional forms using a variety of materials such as paper and plastic. We will create small and large scale sculptural and functional objects inspired by the exhibitions at the gallery and organic forms.

For details on how to book your place call 01824 704774.


Craft Club – Week 4

Thursday 23 August 10.30am – 12.30pm or 1.30pm – 3.30pm £5.00 per session. For children aged 5–11 (Primary)

Laura Ellen Bacon with artist Ceri Wright

In this workshop inspired by Laura Ellen Bacon’s Inundation installation, Ceri will talk you through the art of manipulation. Using a balloon and various other materials to create your very own willow effect sculpture. Prepare for hands-on making and sticky glue fingers with this workshop.

Please call to book a place – limited spaces available. All children must be accommodated by an adult.


Laura Ellen Bacon – Inundation

Louise Tucker – ‘Weave invasion’ Friday 24 August: 1.30pm – 3.30pm Saturday 25 August: 10.30am – 12.30pm and 1.30pm – 3.30pm FREE Pop in at any time and have go! For ALL ages

Come and Join artist Louise Tucker and help her create a series of woven structures in the Craft Centre courtyard. Using a mixture of fabrics, yarns and recycled plastics. Watch as the installation grows and takes shape over the two days – invading the courtyard.


Craft Club – Week 5

Thursday 30 August 10.30am – 12.30pm or 1.30pm – 3.30pm £5.00 per session. For children aged 5–11 (Primary)

W is for Wallpaper with printmaker Fiona Wilson

In this workshop you will be introduced to the equipment and materials needed to create a screen printed image. Using the screens provided you will screen print colourful characters onto card and paper which can then be turned into a 3D pop-up cardboard figure that will stand up on its own. You will also have the opportunity to create a black and white print onto paper which you can take away to colour in at home.

Please call to book a place – limited spaces available. All children must be accommodated by an adult.


Is it Wood? – Thomas Hanson –

Wood Carving Saturday 1 September 10.30am – 12.30pm and 1.30pm – 3.30pm FREE Bookable event (limited spaces available)

Ever wanted to carve anything in wood but not sure where to begin or have the right tools to make? This introductory carving workshop with local woodcarver Tom will show you how as he will talk you through the process step by step with specialist carving tools and equipment.

Suitable for young people aged 14 and upwards including adults (beginner’s level).


Helfa Gelf Residencies throughout

September at Ruthin Craft Centre Thursday 6 – Sunday 30 September

Ruthin Craft Centre in partnership with Helfa Gelf / Art Trail will be presenting makers and craftspeople in residence during September 2018.

Would you like to be involved with Helfa Gelf this year?

Helfa Gelf Art Trail is the largest open studio event in Wales and are now recruiting artists for its 13th year! Are you an artist living in Gwynedd, Conwy, Denbighshire, Flintshire or Wrexham? Then there are plenty of exciting opportunities awaiting you, including the Ruthin Craft Centre Residency Programmes in September 2018 as described below.

Helfa Gelf Residencies at Ruthin Craft Centre

An open call opportunity for makers and craftspeople in North Wales. In partnership with Helfa Gelf we are looking for makers to participate in our two residency programmes this September. Each maker in residency will have their own (studio 2) space to make and showcase their work throughout the residency programme. (12 days in total)

(Please be aware that this is a non-invigilated space and Ruthin Craft Centre is not liable for any damages or losses during your residency period if you are not present whilst the space is open to the public.)

The 2018 residency programme will need to relate to our current engagement programme called ‘Craft Counts’ – funded by Art Council of Wales.

As we are celebrating our 10th year anniversary since the re-launch of Ruthin Craft Centre this summer, we would like an element of the residency this year to be based on one or more of our previous shows to celebrate the 100 plus exhibitions we have shown during the past 10 years at the Centre. Did you love a certain ceramics show? Were you in awe of Jewellery, Textiles, Wood or Glass? Your chosen exhibition might relate to your own practice? Sharing the same material, process and/or themes.

Help us celebrate our anniversary year and outline your proposed idea/project for this year’s residency theme in the application (full details on how to apply below)

Residency 1: will take place from Thursday 6th – Monday 17th September 2018
Residency 2: will take place from Wednesday 19th – Sunday 30th September 2018

During the residency period you’ll be required to design and deliver the following elements on both of the Helfa Gelf weekends and these will be promoted within the Ruthin Craft Centre engagement programme.

– An ‘open studio’ experience on the Friday and Sunday where visitors can call in and see the craftsperson at work.

– Some form of practical participation session (a drop in session) on each of the Saturday’s.

The Fee – The successful applicant will receive a fee of £400 for the residence (the fee includes the devising and delivering the participation sessions and materials)

How to apply – Please email a brief outline of your proposed project (300 words max), artist statement, CV and 3 images of your work to Rachel Rosen, Helfa Gelf Project Coordinator via e-mail

Deadline for application is 5.00pm on Friday 6th of July 2018.

Please note: You will need to join Helfa Gelf / Art Trail in order to be able to participate for the Helfa Gelf Ruthin Craft Centre Residency programme.

If you want to apply for these residencies, it’s not too late to change the dates of your Open Studio if they conflict, but please do this as soon as possible.


Open Doors 2018 at Ruthin Craft Centre

Make your mark on Ruthin town with Christine Mills

Saturday 8 September –
Session 1: 10.00am – 12.00pm Session 2: 1.30pm – 3.30pm

Sunday 9 September –
Session 1: 10.00am – 12.00pm Session 2: 1.30pm – 3.30pm
Limited Spaces available (15 max for each session)

As part of our Open Door’s event this year come and join artist Christine Mills for a series of informal drawing sessions as part of the Drawn Together project. Christine will take you on a drawing journey around Ruthin town where you’ll discover Ruthin’s rich historical buildings as a focal point for your drawing. Meet at the Craft Centre and walk into town. All materials are provided and no art experience needed just willingness to take part.

The artist will encourage participants to draw their surroundings within the projects communal sketchbooks. All drawings entered into the communal sketchbooks will be scanned and uploaded throughout the project onto a new digital map through the Drawn Together website and then be exhibited at the National Museum of Wales in the autumn.

For more information about Drawn Together visit

Suitable for all ages, all children must be accompanied by an adult. To book a place please call 01824 704774.


photo: Cordelia Wheedon – Hidden Ruthin photography series, Café R.


Messy Play – for parents and toddlers with

artists Emma-Jayne Holmes and Donna Jones All sessions are FREE, please call to book a place as spaces are limited

New dates for the autumn season:
Wednesday 12 September
Wednesday 3 October
Wednesday 7 November
Wednesday 5 December
10.00am – 11.30am

Why not come along and explore, make and have some fun with your little one/s this autumn at Ruthin Craft Centre.

Come along with your toddler to an assisted viewing of our current exhibitions followed by a messy play session in the education room. Friendly and relaxed sessions with a different theme to explore each month.

This season of Messy Play sessions is funded by Arts Council of Wales as part of our ‘Craft Counts’ programme.


1 day Workshop with Eleri Mills

Mark Making and Landscape Saturday 15 or Sunday 16 September 2018 10.30am – 4.30pm £60 includes light lunch

Well known for her gestural and magical interpretations of landscape, this popular workshop will start with simple mark making ideas on paper.

Throughout the day Eleri will inspire and guide you to interpret these drawings in materials and threads.

Basic materials will be provided, but we suggest that you bring the following to supplement this:

– Pencil case (pencils, sharpener paint brushes etc.)

– Sewing kit (assorted needles, pins, scissors etc.)

– Assorted threads ranging from white to black (not to include colour) and to be as varied as possible i.e. can include plastics, wire etc.

– Assorted materials (not to include colour) e.g. calico, organdie, muslin, polythene etc.

– Paint brushes.

– Old clothes / apron.

Suitable for all, limited spaces available. Please call to book a place.


Taste of Craft Programme

for people aged 60+ 28 September – 26 October 2018 1.00pm – 3.00pm

Come and join us for a couple of hours on a Friday afternoon (1.00pm – 3.00pm) throughout September and October. £12.50 per session (all materials provided) or book the whole course (5 sessions in total) for £50.00

Offering a wide range of hands on craft making activities with different makers, helped along with a nice cup of tea or coffee (and some biscuits!).

This year the sessions will be inspired by our Craft Counts programme celebrating 10 years since the re-launch of Ruthin Craft Centre. Exploring the first ten traditional materials/themes associated with anniversaries – from paper, through leather and copper to sugar. These are age friendly sessions and no previous experience in the arts is necessary – just a willingness to take part!

Meet new people and learn new skills. Join us for one, or as many sessions as you like.

Week 1: Miranda Meilleur
Friday 28 September ‘Bronze’

Week 2: Simeon Jones
Friday 5 October ‘Leather’

Week 3: Mai Thomas
Friday 12 October ‘Paper: Capturing life through the seasons’

Week 4: Liz Ellis
Friday 19 October ‘Pottery’

Week 5: Alison Curtis
Friday 26 October ‘Sugar Art’

To book a place please call 01824 704774.

This season of Taste of Craft workshops is funded by Arts Council of Wales as part of our ‘Craft Counts’ programme.


Adult Master-classes: Kate Barlow –

1-day Embroidery Master-class Saturday 27 October 10.30am – 4.30pm £55 light lunch included. Please call to book a place

This embroidery master-class is suitable for those who are new to embroidery and for those whose stitching skills are a little rusty. During this workshop you will learn several crewel work stitches including satin stitch, chain stitch, whipped wheels and french knots.

All materials and equipment will be provided.


Adult Master-classes: Beautifully imperfect

Boro Textiles with Zoë Hillyard 1-day Master-class Saturday 10 November 10.30am – 4.30pm £55 light lunch included. Please call to book a place

A workshop for those who love well-worn surfaces and objects with a history.

Inspired by the traditions of Boro textiles in Northern Japan you will explore creating seductive and unique surfaces by reworking materials that hold personal meaning and memories to you.

You might choose to beautifully ‘patch’ a section of a possession that has become flawed, or just combine a range of sentimental materials to make a surface that is rich with history and memories that could be framed. You may want your piece to be flat, or make it take on a form – which we can explore!

The workshop will also be an opportunity to share the stories and associations linked to the materials and objects you have brought on the day.


Adult Master-classes: Laura Thomas –

‘Threads’ 2-day Weaving Master-class Saturday 24 and Sunday 25 November 10.30am – 4.30pm £120 light lunch included. Please call to book a place

A workshop aimed at intermediate/experienced weavers that is designed to encourage participants to break the rules of weaving and push themselves outside of their comfort zones.

Over the course of the workshop, participants will be encouraged to weave as many samples as possible, many of which could then be further processed exploring finishing techniques such as devoré, foiling, melting, pleating, burning etc. Weavers will be encouraged to explore ideas and principles unencumbered by the restraint of functionality. The final evaluation will include discussion of how certain ideas could be developed further.

NB: participants will need to bring a prepared loom – please email for warp instructions.

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.

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.