Ruthin Craft Centre
The Centre for the Applied Arts

Craft of Wellbeing

Creative Movement

 with Jane Sutcliffe

Digital programme FREE

CRAFT & Mindfulness at home
. Get involved and be inspired 
to join in at home!







Download your FREE Creative Movement Pack 
with links to the films here

Using the gallery and our exhibitions as the backdrop for inspiration, Jane Sutcliffe composes a therapeutic experience 
through creative movement and introduces participants to some
 simple breathing and yoga techniques which relaxes the body
 and calms the mind.

This creative movement session is inspired by both Adam Buick’s 
and Laura Thomas’ previous exhibitions at Ruthin Craft Centre.

 The programme is pre-recorded and last 
approx. 1 hour 15 minutes and includes 5 sections:


Grounding (Warm-Up),
 Warp and Weft
 Circles, 
Fire and Water, 
Relaxation (Warm-Down)

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You can start and stop at any time and do 
each of the sections at your own pace over a period of time,
 which is convenient for you. We recommend you always 
start with the warm-up section.

Craft of Wellbeing

Creative Craft Pack: Woven / Unwoven


FREE

A creative digital pack which you can 
follow and make at home.

Download your FREE Creative Craft Pack
 with links to the films here



This pack explores the process of weaving,
 a meditative and calming experience which relaxes the mind
 through its repetitive motion.

Inspired by Laura Thomas’ exhibition ‘Woven/ Unwoven’, created by Maker and
 Environmentalist Daisy Imogen Buckle. Reflecting on Laura’s
 own creative practice the pack includes 4 processes:

1. Unwind –  Drawing and textural inspiration from nature. 2. Wind – Winding a bookmark. 3. Weave – Weaving a wall hanging. 4. Combine – Weaving using natural materials and yarns.

Materials are not included.

Ceramic Workshop

Summer Craft Club with Ceri Wright

£10

Book via Eventbrite here

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Thursday 25 July: Ages 6–10
Tuesday 20 August: Ages 11–14

Morning session: 10am – 12.30pm
Afternoon session: 13.30pm – 4pm

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All things sea & summer!
What would you like to make this summer? A beach hut, a cheeky chip stealing seagull or a mermaid sat on a rock? This summer the choice is yours to create your ideal summer seaside scene out of air-dry clay!

Join local ceramicist Ceri Wright on this exciting workshop to make your own summer seaside creations! You will be able to take these creations home with you, and once they are dry you can then paint them!

Participants are asked to please bring a box to take your work home with you.

Talk

Jo Barker & Sara Brennan: Tapestry stories in conversation

Friday 26 July 2.30pm FREE

In celebration of Sara Richards.

Join Jo Barker & Sara Brennan 

as they talk about their practice.

Contact us on 01824 704774 
to book your place



Sara Richards Memorial Lectures


Sara Richards died unexpectedly last year, 
she was a great supporter of Ruthin Craft Centre and
rarely missed an event here, especially if it concerned textiles.
 A talented stitcher herself Sara had founded a group called
 Merseyside Stitchers in 2018 who have also visited us.

Her husband Joseph Boughey has generously decided
 to commemorate Sara’s passion by supporting a series of
 textile-oriented lectures and talks as part of our programme to
 perpetuate what Sara loved and to encourage more people to 
enjoy the wide spectrum of contemporary textile art.

It was a privilege to have known Sara and Ruthin Craft Centre 
is honoured to commemorate her delight in textile art
 by sharing this series of events freely with you.

Workshop

NEW: Dwylo Bach – Sensory experience for pre-walking babies

Monday 29 July 10.30am – 11.30am FREE – limited spaces available

Book via Eventbrite here

Dwylo Bach – A creative and engaging programme of activities for early years children.

This session provides multi-sensory environments for babies (and their grown-ups) to engage and interact with, in a calm and inspiring setting of the gallery. Inspired by Yusuke Yamamoto sculptural silverware, discover the wonders of silver through a young baby’s mind, exploring light, reflection, patten and textures.

Please note the centre is closed to the public on a Monday. Exclusive access for workshop participants only.

Workshop

Wet Felting workshop with Ticky Lowe

£10

Book via Eventbrite here

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Tuesday 30 July: Ages 6–10
Thursday 1 August: Ages 6–10
Thursday 22 August: Ages 11–14

Morning session: 10am – 12.30pm
Afternoon session: 13.30pm – 4pm

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Join local artist Ticky Lowe in this exciting felt making craft club! Be inspired by the beautiful tapestries of Sara Brennan and Jo Barker in the gallery and then create your own textile artwork in felt using sheep’s wool.

Ticky Lowe is an artist, maker and founder of Making Sense CIO. Her work explores playful ways to engage with arts and culture using all of our senses.

Workshop

Dwylo Bach

Suitable for children aged 0–5 Wednesday 31 July 10am – 11.30am or 1.30pm – 3.00pm FREE. No need to book, pop in anytime between these times

Dwylo Bach: A creative and engaging programme of activities for early years children.

This summer, get ready to immerse your little ones in a world of creativity and discovery with the return of Dwylo Bach!

Hosted at the Craft Centre, Dwylo Bach promises to provide an array of sensory and playful environments tailored to engage and delight young minds.

These creative sessions can get very messy, please bring a towel and some spare clothing with you.

All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Craft of Wellbeing programme

Creative Retreat Day for adults led by glass artist Verity Pulford

Friday 2 August 10am – 4.30pm £45 Includes light lunch and refreshments

FULLY BOOKED. Waiting list available
Book via Eventbrite here

The day will begin as we gather at Ruthin Craft Centre at 10am. Here, we will have the opportunity to view various exhibitions, to spark our imaginations and set the tone for a day filled with artistic exploration and creation.

We will then proceed to Verity Pulford’s studio. Surrounding her studio is a beautiful garden, teeming with vibrant plants and flowers. We will take time to sit, contemplate, and draw the natural beauty that envelops us.

Our journey will then lead us to Wernog Wood, nestled in the tranquil woodland of Llanbedr D.C. Here, amidst the peaceful backdrop, we will participate in a glass workshop. Using the drawings and inspiration gathered from Verity’s garden, we will create our own glass pieces.

Locations: Ruthin Craft Centre, Verity’s studio and Wernog Wood. Transport will be provided from each location.

Yoga & Craft

NEW ‘Craft that Cares’ for Children and Young People

Led by Artist Eleri Jones and Yoga & Mindfulness Teacher Leisa Mererid Monday 5 August and/or Monday 12 August FREE

Children aged 7–11  10am – 12pm
Book via Eventbrite here
Young people aged 11–14  1.30pm – 3.30pm
Book via Eventbrite here

These 2 hour sessions combine both movement and yoga with craft making activities, creating a holistic experience that calms both the mind and body, inspired by RCC summer exhibition programme. Engaging children and young people in creativity as well as promoting their physical and mental wellbeing.

Limited spaces available

Workshop Ages 12–18

Prehistoric Skills: Cordage crafting with nettle and bark

Friday 2 August 11am – 3pm £20

Book via Eventbrite here

Join local countryside ranger and bushcraft expert Saul Burton on this one-day workshop discovering the ancestral skill of how to turn natural fibres into cordage for everyday use!

Modern string is very much taken for granted. We can walk into any shop and easily access a pre-made ball of string, but 5,000 years ago things were not quite as simple.

How did our ancestors lash, bind, stitch or tie things together without modern conveniences? This workshop will look at various natural materials including nettles, leaves and tree bark, and explore how we can process them into useable fibres to make string and cordage.

Saul is a qualified Bushcraft Instructor and local countryside Ranger, with a keen interest in our relationship with trees and plants throughout history.

Workshop Ages 12–18

Prehistoric Pottery with Erin Lloyd

Thursday 8 August 11am – 2pm £20

Book via Eventbrite here

Join local ceramic artist and archaeologist Erin Lloyd on this workshop exploring how our Celtic ancestors created pots, cups, and bowls out of clay!

Explore ceramics through crafting your own pot inspired by the prehistoric pottery forms, decorated through mark making with natural found materials, such as shells, stones, sticks and plant fibre. Learn through discussion about how our ancient ancestors found, processed, created and fired the clay, and how these artefacts are useful for archaeologists today.

Erin is a local ceramicist and HM Archaeologist for Heneb: Gwynedd Archaeology with a keen interest in prehistoric pottery. Encapsulating her immediate landscape within her miniature pots, Erin uses foraged local clay to throw the vessel forms and glazes with natural found ochres. Archaeology is intertwined with Erin’s ceramics with her miniature pots often looking like historic vessels, reflecting this ancient craft in a contemporary way.

Please bring a box to take your pottery home safely.

Workshop

Summer Craft Club with Verity Pulford

£10

Book via Eventbrite here

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Tuesday 13 August: For ages 6–10
Thursday 15 August: For ages 11–14

Morning session 10.30am – 12.30pm
Afternoon session 1.30pm – 3.30pm

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Join artist Verity Pulford for this summer craft club! During this workshop you will explore a range of 2d materials including Brusho pigments, carbon papers and resists. You will use the natural world as inspiration for your artwork.

Workshop 0–5 years

Dwylo Bach: Nature and Play

Wednesday 21 August 10am – 11.30am or 1.30pm – 3pm FREE. No need to book, pop in anytime between these times

Dwylo Bach – A creative and engaging programme of activities for early years children.

Join us as we dive into the wonders of natural-based environments, where every leaf, pebble, stick becomes a tool for learning and imagination. Guided by the principles of the Forest + Found exhibition, we will embark on adventures that highlight the beauty and importance of our natural world.

Suitable for children aged 0–5. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

Workshop 18+

Ceramic nests with Kirsti Brown

Tuesday 27 August 10am – 1pm £25 Includes tea, coffee and all materials

Book via Eventbrite here

Join Kirsti for a fun workshop creating ceramic nests.

During this drop-in workshop you will learn how to make a pulled and pinched vessel which will then be textured using a variety of tools and textures. Taking inspiration from the structures that garden birds create in hidden hedgerows we will carve, press adding texture and colour into the vessel. If time allows eggs or birds can also be made.

The pieces will be taken away to be fired in Kirsti’s workshop and will be ready to collect in 3–4 weeks.

Kirsti is a hand builder of ceramic stoneware vessels. Inspiration comes from the landscape, not the totally wild landscape, but the one we as humans have lived and worked in for millennia. Slab-built pieces have a figurative presence and variation is added through slip and glaze finishes. Pinched clay creates either thin seashell-like pieces or more substantial Neolithic inspired work with incised marks inspired by ancient rock carvings.

Kirsti is a member of the Makers Guild Wales and The Potters’ Gallery in Conwy.

Instagram @kirstibrownceramics
www.kirstihannahbrownceramics.co.uk

Workshop 18+

Screen printed cards with Tara Dean

Wednesday 28 August 10am – 1pm £25 Includes tea, coffee and all materials

Book via Eventbrite here

Create your own unique hand printed card with Tara!

During this workshop you will explore the screen printing process, experiment with making paper stencils and develop your ideas into a collection of individually designed cards. You will find shapes and patterns in imaginary birds or be inspired by the birds passing by the gardens at the Craft Centre.

Returning to Denbighshire after studying Illustration at Harrow College of Art, Tara now shares her enthusiasm for exploring printmaking while working freelance on community projects. Drawing is most significant in all her practice; through printmaking processes, original marks can be reshaped, creating a new interpretation. The influence of the environment and the details she might find – natural or manufactured – inspire her work. Passionate about experimenting with materials and mark-making, she finds that printmaking is a magical way of working with everybody in the community for their better well-being.

Tara is a member of the Makers Guild Wales.

Instagram @ta_taradean
www.taradean.co.uk

Workshop 18+

Glass birds with Verity Pulford

Thursday 29 August 10am – 1pm £25 Includes tea, coffee and all materials

Book via Eventbrite here

Verity’s glass workshop will combine elements of glass painting and fusing, to enable you to create a number of beautiful garden birds. They will be taken away, fired, drilled and returned ready to collect from the centre. They can then be hung at your windows where they will catch the light or will make beautiful personal gifts. Images will be provided along with everything else you will need – but please feel free to bring in pictures of your favourite birds too.

Based in Eryrys, Verity is a glass artist whose work is inspired by small structures within nature such as fungi, lichen and algae. She uses a variety of techniques, which include fusing, casting and pate de verre, and her practice is rooted in exploration and experimentation. She has recently been awarded an Arts Council of Wales grant for her project Mutualism and she has also received a QEST scholarship.

Verity sells her work internationally and is a member of the Makers Guild Wales.

Instagram @veritypulfordglass
www.veritypulford.com

Workshop 18+

Card prints of birds with Ruth Thomas

Friday 30 August 10am – 1pm £25 Includes tea, coffee and all materials

Book via Eventbrite here

Join Ruth for a workshop full of collage and inky creativity!

The beauty of this process lies in its simplicity. Line drawings on thin card will be turned into simple collages and inked with a roller, to make original prints to take home. Black and white prints look stunning but there is also the option to work with colour. You will be able to select from Ruth’s collection of bird imagery, or better still, bring your own photographs or drawings.

Based in the Vale of Clwyd, Ruth makes images in response to the natural world around her. She has specialised in printmaking for over 30 years, in particular, collagraphs, monotypes and images created with hand-cut paper stencils. Ruth often incorporates into her prints direct impressions from found natural objects such as feathers, leaves, seeds and grass, for their textures, forms and potential to create new images.

Ruth is a member of the Royal Cambrian Academy and the Makers Guild Wales.

Instagram @ruththomasart
www.ruththomas.net

Workshop

Dwlyo Bach Summer / Autumn

Suitable for children aged 0–5 1st Wednesday of every month 10am – 11.30am  

FREE. No need to book, 
just come along and take part




We are back! 

We are delighted to announce the return 
of our regular monthly Wednesday morning sessions 
at the centre, beginning in September.
 We hope you’ll be able to join us. 


1st Wednesday of each month

4 September 

2 October 

6 November 

4 December 



Our Dwylo Bach sessions are jam-packed with joyful learning 
and designed for little artists to explore their inner creativity,
 be curious and MAKE! Creating environments and activities inspired
 by our creative partners exhibition programmes, which are
 sensory and playful for all the family to enjoy.

These creative sessions can get very messy,
 please bring a towel and some spare clothing with you

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All of the Dwylo Bach sessions are devised 
and delivered by Making Sense CIO




. These sessions have been made possible through the funding
 we’ve received from Clocaenog Forest Wind Farm Fund
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Little Hands – ‘Take Away’: Craft of Nature

Added 30 April FREE

Our Little Hands sessions are jam-packed with joyful learning, especially designed for little artists to explore their inner creativity, be curious and MAKE! 

Download your copy of the Little Hands ‘Take Away’ Craft of Nature activity pack here

Film

Wearing the colours: Jewellery and the women’s Suffrage Movement in Britain

Written and narrated by Elizabeth Goring.

View here

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Little Hands –Take Away: Spring Time

Added 26 March FREE

Our fourth Take Away pack celebrates ‘Spring time’ and is inspired by some of our previous Ruthin Craft Centre exhibitions:-

‘Flora’ Celebrates the world of flowers within the different realms of Craft. View images of the exhibition here

‘Five Sisters and a Family Tree’ A collection of decorative ceramic creatures inspired by Susan O’Byrne’s own family members. View the ‘FREE to view’ exhibition book here

Spring is the season of new beginnings – fresh buds bloom, animals awaken from their long winter sleep, birds begin to nest, lay their eggs and welcome their little chicks to the world.

Our SPRING PACK is full of sensory ideas and creative activities for you and your little one to do together at home. The activities in this pack Include: Exploration of materials, mark making, sorting, stacking, singing, listening, constructing but most importantly playing and having fun!

• Discover what’s inside the egg box?
• Making things out of egg boxes
• Making a cosy nest
• Exotic birds
• Bird songs

Download your copy of the Little Hands ‘Take Away’ SPRING activity pack here

Click here for a short Film showing you ‘How to’ get creative and make – and of course HAVE FUN too!

Be inspired by nature by getting outdoors, going for a walk, engage with your natural surroundings, see what you can find – and then MAKE!

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Little Hands – Take Away: Light & Dark

Added 19 February FREE

Our third ‘Take Away’ of activities is inspired by our up and coming exhibition ‘MONOCHROME’. Whilst these activities have been designed for play and exploration with your ‘little ones’ – let’s be honest, there is still a child in each of us – so why not take a look whatever your age and have a go at joyful learning, designed for little (& Big!!) artists to explore their inner creativity, be curious and MAKE! Don’t let the Little ones have all the fun!

JEWELLERY making – Exploring shapes and texture

• Play with SHADOWS – light and dark

LIGHT box

• Explore MARK MAKING with charcoal on paper

• Exploring PAINT on 3D objects in Monochrome

PRINTING onto 3D forms

All the details can be found in the ‘Take Away’ guide here

View our ‘how to’ film here
View our ‘my time’ film here

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Nature inspired Mobile

Added 19 February FREE

Another activity for SPRING, created for us by Donna Jones, is designed for ANY AGE too. Why not have a go at crafting a ‘Nature inspired Mobile’.

All the information you need can be found here
Or view our film here

You can gather your materials from a garden or if you are out on your daily walk, braving the elements at the moment, and despite perhaps having to walk briskly! – do also remember to just take a moment to stop, breathe deeply and – as the poet W H Davies says, to simply look at all that is around us:-

What is this life if, full of care,
We have no time to stand and stare

And don’t forget to also look up too and catch that “Spring light” and the wonderful blue skies, when they come.

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Little Hands – Take Away: Crafty Christmas

Added 8 December FREE

This summer we offered you our Craft Kitchen recipes for ‘Little Hands’ and this Autumn we have devised a new ‘Take Away’ for you to try at home!



A package of ‘ingredients’ (materials), that you’ll be able to collect as a ‘Take Away’ and do at home safely with your little one. The package also includes a craft recipe for adults ‘Me Time’ too.

‘Crafty Christmas’

Our second Take Away of activities is full of Christmas joy inspired by the work of Silversmith Yusuke Yamamoto. Lots of dazzling fun and creativity guaranteed with this pack as you explore and experiment with geometric forms and uncover your own magical stories in gold and silver.

Unfortunately, collection of our ‘Crafty Christmas’ Pack has now closed. However, download our Take Away recipes for FREE here. You’ll just need to source your own ingredients / materials.

For added inspiration – view our Creative Play film here and our Star Tree Decoration: Some “Me time” film here. A step by step process demonstrated by Ticky and Donna

These activities require minimal resources and are easy to follow.

Look out for our next ‘Take Away’ theme. Coming very soon.

These ‘recipes’ are designed by
Ticky Lowe & Donna Jones and
Illustrated by 
Rhi Moxon
@TickyLowe @RhiMoxon

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Little Hands – Take Away!

Landscape Added 10 November FREE

This summer we offered you our Craft Kitchen recipes for ‘Little Hands’ and this Autumn we have devised a new ‘Take Away’ for you to try at home!

A package of ‘ingredients’ (materials), that you’ll be able to collect as a ‘Take Away’ and do at home safely with your little one. The package also includes a craft recipe for adults ‘Me Time’ too.

Landscape
Our first Take Away package has activities inspired by our Eleri Mills: Egni exhibition. Eleri’s work is linked to landscape and expressed through stitch, paint and pencil – all wonderfully creative materials for artists of any age.

Collection of our ‘Landscape Take Away’ Pack has now closed.

Not to worry, download our Take Away recipes for FREE here. You’ll just need to source your own ingredients / materials. These activities require minimal resources and are easy to follow.

Look out for our next ‘Take Away’ theme. Coming very soon.

These ‘recipes’ are designed by
Ticky Lowe & Donna Jones and
Illustrated by 
Rhi Moxon
@TickyLowe @RhiMoxon

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Eleri Mills Virtual Tour

Added 1 October

View the Eleri Mills Exhibition Virtually!

Not able to see Eleri’s Exhibition? Here is a virtual tour of her Gallery 1 Exhibition along with a price list of works available to purchase. View here

Short excerpts of Eleri in the gallery, talking about her work are also FREE to view below:

01 Ways of working:
Eleri’s technique of stitch, paint and ink 

02 Poet in the Landscape:
A trip to India and a residency at Powis Castle

03 New York Days:
residency and exhibition at Columbia University, Manhattan

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‘Little Hands’ Craft Kitchen – Play bake

Added 29 September FREE

Our fourth and final recipe for our cookbook is inspired by “Spoons” which we have featured in many of our Ruthin Craft Centre exhibitions over the years; beautiful crafted objects but functional too!

They featured in some of our previous exhibitions you can view here: Aelwyd and Forge with spoons beautifully crafted by makers such as Claire Cawte, Justine Allison, Micki Schloessink and Nils Hint.

Download our how to ‘Play Bake’ guide here

These ‘recipes’ are designed by Ticky Lowe and Illustrated by Rhi Moxon @TickyLowe @RhiMoxon

These activities require minimal resources and are easy to follow. Why not have a go?

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‘Little Hands’ Craft Kitchen – Soap Kitchen

Added 31 July FREE

As part of our new ‘Craft Kitchen’ project, we are delighted to share our third recipe with you called ‘Soap Kitchen – Inspired by Simon Carrollexhibition in 2019 – ‘Expressionist Potter’

You can view the exhibition here

Simon Carroll enjoyed experimenting with clay and often decorated his clay vessels with clay liquid, called ‘slip’. Which he poured freely (almost in a ‘childlike’ way) onto jugs, mugs and pots to create bold, expressive marks and interesting textures.

Soap kitchen is an opportunity for little hands to experiment and investigate through the medium of soap and bubbly water!

Download our ‘how to’ guide here

These ‘recipes’ are designed by Ticky Lowe and Illustrated by Rhi Moxon @TickyLowe @RhiMoxon

These activities require minimal resources and are easy to follow. Why not have a go?

Look out for more ‘recipes’ throughout the Summer!

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Michael Brennand-Wood: FREE view Book

Added 24 July

Find out more about the maker in our FREE to view book that accompanied the show here

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Forever Changes

Added 24 July

The diversity of the craft of Textiles to encompass a wide range of materials, process and functions

An apt title for an exhibition, but also for the times we all find ourselves in now. Michael Brennand Wood’s 2012 exhibition Forever Changes explored Weaving, Embroidery, Lace pattern and flowers

View our Flickr film of the exhibition here

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Michael Brennand-Wood FREE Resource pack

Added 24 July

And why not use the Resource Pack we created for the exhibition to delve deeper into Textiles, and get inspired to get creative at home here

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Jilly Edwards: FREE view book

Added 24 July

In our Craft Counts voting Textile exhibitions were immensely popular within the final top 10.
To view each exhibition, click on the links.

• #5 (joint) The ‘Wit’ of the Stitch, 2016 here
Jilly Edwards: Joy – Yellow is the New Blue, 2018 here

• #6 Pauline Burbidge: Quiltscapes & Quiltline, 2016 here
• #7 Jilly Edwards – reflections & investigations, 2011 here

As Jilly’s two exhibitions* both made it into the final top 10 – why not find out what makes her Tapestry work so popular with another of our FREE to view books here

*shown within the 10 year period of the voting

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Eleri Mills

Added 24 July

Textiles and the art of stitch & thread will continue to weave their way through our exhibition programme – as will be seen soon with the forthcoming exhibition Egni: a decade of creativity, by one of Wales’ most celebrated textile artists – Eleri Mills

Here is a little taster film

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Iron Vein

Added 3 July

Whilst outside in our courtyard during 2018 we had an abundance of flowers, in an unexpected material courtesy of Iron Vein

View our Flickr film of the exhibition here

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‘Little Hands’ Craft Kitchen – Play with your Food

Added 30 June FREE

As part of our new ‘Craft Kitchen’ project, we are delighted to share our second recipe with you called ‘Play with your Food’ – Inspired by Charlotte Hodes’ exhibition in 2019 – ‘After the Taking of Tea’

You can view the exhibition here

What better way to introduce your child to fruit, vegetables and herbs, than by getting creative and up close and personal with them in the kitchen!

Download our ‘how to’ guide here

These ‘recipes’ are designed by Ticky Lowe and Illustrated by Rhi Moxon

@TickyLowe @RhiMoxon

These activities require minimal resources and are easy to follow. Why not have a go?

Look out for more ‘recipes’ throughout the Summer!

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Fflora

Added 3 July

As Summer’s blooms now surround us, a chance to look back on some floral themes in our exhibitions and engagement work

Our 2017 Fflora exhibition explored this theme with a group exhibition of work by 16 makers in many materials

View the exhibition here

 

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Julia Griffiths Jones

Added 3 July

Another maker – Julia Griffiths Jones, also uses wire to document the world around her. You voted her exhibition – Room within a Room at #4 in our Craft Counts voting

View the exhibition here

And you can find out all about Julia’s work and her inspiration, found in European textiles, in another of our FREE to view books – Stories in the making here

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Carving out space

Added 19 June

Our 2013 group exhibition ‘carving out space’ also considered Drawing as a means of further exploring more 3 dimensional craft works and thinking more about Makers’ practice.

View our Flickr film of the exhibition here

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Carving out space FREE Resource pack

Added 19 June

With ideas on how to look, think and explore further yourself – download our FREE Resource Pack here

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Helaina Sharpley

Added 3 July

Our Raising The Bar programme in 2017 worked with maker Helaina Sharpley crafting a meadow of wire flowers in the courtyard exhibition created by the students

Here Helaina shows us all how to make a Clematis flower by drawing with wire

View the film here

Read the latest Raising The Bar blog here

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Gordon Baldwin

Added 19 June

The exhibition also looked at different materials and the importance of geographical locations to the work of makers.

Ceramicist Gordon Baldwin, in his 2013 solo exhibition of ceramics, talked about the importance of a ‘sense of place’ to his work.

View his talk here

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Laura Ellen Bacon

Added 19 June

Voting in Craft Counts placed Laura Ellen Bacon: Inunndation at #9. Laura works with Willow and for her 2014 exhibition at Ruthin, wove this often traditional craft material in new and exciting ways to create an installation which flooded our Gallery 2 space.

View the exhibition here

Whilst with us in residence, we collaborated with Loggerheads Country Park where Laura took the Willow back out into the wider environment. Inspired by the geography, working with groups to create and craft new spaces.

View the film here

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Laura Ellen Bacon: FREE view book

Added 19 June

If you would like to explore the wonders of willow and more about Laura’s practice take a look at another of our FREE view book publications here

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‘Little Hands’ Craft Kitchen – Sound Kitchen

Added 5 June FREE

As part of our ongoing ‘Little Hands’ programme we’ve cooked up a storm of creative activities for you to try at home with your little ones. The first ‘recipe’ is called ‘Sound Kitchen’ – exploring different kitchen materials and experimenting to see what sounds you can craft & create.

Download our ‘how to’ guide here

View our short film here to inspire you!

These ‘recipes’ are designed by Ticky Lowe and Illustrated by Rhi Moxon

@TickyLowe @RhiMoxon

These activities require minimal resources and are easy to follow. Why not have a go?

Look out for more ‘recipes’ throughout the Summer!

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Hey Clay! 2020

Added 15 May

Hey Clay! is a national celebration of clay, giving everyone the chance to unleash their inner potter.

This years Hey Clay! event for Ruthin Craft Centre is a virtual, online exploratory session giving you the opportunity to play with clay whatever your age and your location during lockdown!

Hey Clay! is part of the Get Creative festival (9–17 May), a national campaign to support everyday creativity which is run by Crafts Council, Voluntary Arts, Family Arts Campaign, What Next?, Arts Council England, Arts Council Wales, Creative Scotland, Arts Council of Northern Ireland, 64 Million Artists and Creative People and Places.

 

 

 

The Get Creative campaign is about encouraging everyone to try something creative. Its aim is to give people the chance to try something for free that they may want to pursue more regularly.
Ruthin Craft Centre – celebrating Craft and the art of making

#HeyClay! #GetCreativeatHome
Facebook Twitter and Instagram

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Hey Clay! Ceri Wright

Added 15 May

Join Ceramicist Ceri Wright in her North Wales studio, where you’ll be shown how to experiment with all forms of hand building – with pinching, coiling, slabbing and modelling techniques demonstrated.

With these skills you can then create whatever takes your fancy!

Learn with Ceri using the links below:

Intro to Hey Clay 2020
Intro to Materials
Textures
Slab building
Coiling intro
Pinch pots
Dinosaur

Ceri is using household items and objects – so no specialist tools are required.

No clay? How about using air drying clay, plasticine, play dough or salt dough instead, even marzipan if you have some to hand!

Whether you want to make a simple pot, an alien, or tiles of flowers /plants and imprints to remember this period of time – the sky’s the limit!

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MATERIALS FREE Resource Pack

Added 15 May

To discover more about CLAY why not take a look at some of our What is Craft? Resource Packs.

Explore an extract from the MATERIALS resource pack – here

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PROCESS FREE Resource Pack

Added 15 May

To discover more about CERAMICS take a look at an extract from our PROCESS resource pack – here

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Claire Curneen: FREE view book

Added 15 May

We focused on the work of maker Claire Curneen – read more about her work in our FREE view book here

and take a look at the exhibition at Ruthin – here

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Susan O’Byrne: FREE view book

Added 15 May

We focused on the work of maker Susan O’Byrne – read more about her work in our FREE view book here

and view the exhibition here

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Not Too Precious: FREE view book

Added 8 May

Jewellery is often ‘precious’ in terms of memories and meaning; whilst it can be so in terms of material used – it doesn’t have to be:- Take a look at our Not Too Precious exhibition here.

Also a link to another FREE view book here too.

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Wendy Ramshaw: FREE Flicker Film

Added 8 May

You may also like to re-visit some of our many jewellery exhibitions, where even though the ‘jewels’ are often small in scale they can also create ‘Rooms of Dreams’.

View our flicker film of Wendy Ramshaw’s exhibition here

View more Jewellery Exhibitions!

Surface & Substance here
Newfoundland here
Fritz Maierhofer here
Barbara Christie here

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David Poston: FREE Resource Pack

Added 8 May

Necklace for an elephant and other stories. The title for this feature came from another of our jewellery exhibitions, exploring the work of maker David Poston.

Why not download the FREE Resource Pack from his exhibition here to explore the craft of jewellery – and find out more about that “necklace for an elephant”.

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Necklace for an elephant and other stories

Added 8 May

The art of making and the craft of Jewellery – self-expression, personal associations and memories evoked by materials, movement and textures of jewellery…

Why not take another look at the Jane Adam jewellery exhibition ‘Never the same river’ – currently ‘on show’ in our galleries via the 3D gallery tour – here

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Automata

Added 23 April

This exhibition (and many more we have shown) looked at Automata and the craft of movement. You may also be interested in:-

Martin Smith: Little Machines here
SMILE here

…and perhaps have some fun once more with the moving magic of the hand crafted machines of Martin Smith.

The Bird Machine / The Coin Machine
Party Popper Machine / The Heart Machine
The Spinning Heart Machine
Wishing You Well / Applause Machine

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Kaleidoscope

Added 11 April

In these times of change we are all now looking at things differently so we thought you might enjoy a very different view of Ruthin Craft Centre.

View Kaleidoscope an Aerial film by Stephen Heaton here

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Kevin Coates: FREE view book

Added 8 May

In our Craft Counts voting, you placed jeweller Kevin Coates’ exhibition at #8 with a Bestiary of Jewels. You can view the exhibition here

Why not find out more about Kevin’s work in our FREE view book‘A Notebook of Pins’ here

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Rodney Peppé Resource Pack

Added 23 April

Another exhibition that explored the creative fun and delight to be had in making models and telling tales was Rodney Peppé here

Rodney Peppé’s Resource pack is available for you and all the family to explore here

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Making models and telling tales…

Added 23 April

We asked you, our audience, to vote for your favourite exhibitions from the past decade in our Craft Counts project in 2018/19, and the winner was:- Reggie’s Roller Palace by Olivia Brown

Enjoy another look at the exhibition here

And we thought you might also enjoy a FREE view/read of the exhibition publication too here

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Ruthin Craft Centre VR

Added 23 April

So whilst the centre is physically closed at the moment we offer you a chance to take a journey through the galleries and the exhibitions that are still ‘on show’…

Ruthin Craft Centre VR here

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‘From Nature’ Resource Pack

Added 11 April

As many of us now find we have more time to look around us; to be grateful that Spring at least has not been cancelled we thought you might find some of our resource packs helpful in suggesting activities for all the family and help to explore Craft and making.

Our ‘From Nature’ Resource Pack is available to download here

And you might want to take another look at some of the
exhibitions featured in the pack:-

Dail Behennah: Fieldwork here
Gordon Baldwin: Objects for a Landscape here
Carving out Space: here
Laura Ellen Bacon: Inundation here
Catrin Howell: here

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.