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Please note that classes will only run if there are 5 or more people booked in. In the case of a cancelled class full payment will be refunded. If you need to cancel you will be refunded as long as you give us 7 days notice of the cancellation. Booking is essential for most classes as there are limited spaces.
Taster Session – throwing on the Potter’s Wheel with Pris McGirr on Tuesday 11th September or 9th October 2018 10.30 – 1.30
4 places. Includes clay, glazes and firing. Learn how to work with clay, centre a piece of clay & throw a bowl. Finished items will be available to collect from the shop about 3 weeks after the class. 10.30am - 1.30pm
About Pris McGirr
Priscilla McGirr has had a long and varied career as a self employed craftswoman. She was a full time potter for 30 years from the 70's onwards with shop /workshop premises in Walthamstow, Alford, and finally Brixton. Subsequently she bought a lease on a stall at Covent Garden Craft Market, which she eventually changed to hand made confectionery as the pottery was becoming too physically hard to produce in the amounts needed. On returning to Alford in 2004 she sold her confectionery business and took up the wonderful art of Lampworking (glass bead making). Although she still produces small amounts of pots and beads for sale her time is mostly spent teaching both subjects at Alford Craft Market Centre where she thoroughly enjoys passing her skills on to groups of similarly enthusiastic people! She says that 'recently my students and I have discovered the joys of Raku firing and are being inspired by the amazing effects this new technique can produce. I consider myself very lucky to be still having adventures in art at my age!'
Lampwork Beadmaking Class with tutor Pris McGirr on Saturday 28th July, 1st September, or 6th October 2018 10.30 – 2.00.
Learn to melt coloured glass rods in a hot flame to make your own glass beads, decorate them & fire them in an annealing kiln. You may prefer large holes for European style charm bracelets and/or small holes for making jewellery. Includes all the beads you make in the session, cleaned & available for picking up or posting the following week. 5 places available for each session. Please wear cotton clothing & closed toed shoes. Long hair must be tied back.
About Pris McGirr
Priscilla McGirr has had a long and varied career as a self employed craftswoman. She was a full time potter for 30 years from the 70's onwards with shop /workshop premises in Walthamstow, Alford, and finally Brixton. Subsequently she bought a lease on a stall at Covent Garden Craft Market, which she eventually changed to hand made confectionery as the pottery was becoming too physically hard to produce in the amounts needed. On returning to Alford in 2004 she sold her confectionery business and took up the wonderful art of Lampworking (glass bead making). Although she still produces small amounts of pots and beads for sale her time is mostly spent teaching both subjects at Alford Craft Market Centre where she thoroughly enjoys passing her skills on to groups of similarly enthusiastic people!
A stained glass workshop with Strawberry Glass creating a colourful suncatcher on Saturday 15th September 2018 10.30 – 4.00pm
An informative, practical and fun day learning the basics of stained glass work including the copper foiling construction technique developed in the Tiffany Studios. You will make a stained glass piece to take home with you using copper tape and solder to create a seam joining the pieces of glass. Suitable for beginners age 16+, with a choice of suncatcher designs including Christmas decorations and an inspiring selection of coloured and textured glass. You will learn how to select and cut suitable glass and prepare it for foiling, to apply the copper foil tape and solder the seams, to create and apply wire-hanging rings and to polish ready for display. The cost covers use of tools, safety equipment and all the materials that you will need. Hot drinks are provided.
About Strawberry Glass:-
Based at the Strawberry Glass Studio in Lincolnshire, Gillian and David Wingwork with the vibrant and glowing colours of handmade glass to create stunning designs for the home and garden. Apart from teaching at the Alford Craft Market Centre they also teach further afield, including tutoring at the Heritage Skills Centre at Lincoln Castle and at the Stained Glass Museum in Ely. Teaching both the traditional lead work skills and the copper foiling method developed for the construction of the Tiffany lampshades and suitable for lighter more intricate pieces. At the end of each workshop you will take home a unique and colourful piece of stained glass that you have made, along with new skills and insights into the world of glass working.
Make 2 colourful fused glass light catchers with glass artist Matt Sorrell on Sunday 9th September, 2018 2.30 – 4.30pm
Make 2 colourful fused glass light catchers with glass artist Matt Sorrell on Sunday 9th September, 2018 2.30 – 4.30pm Your light catchers will measure approx. 7” x 2.5” and will use sheet glass cut into small triangles. With Matt’s help you will design your own light catchers – ideal for presents or your own home.
Children’s pottery session with Fiona Radford on Saturday 8th September, 2018 10.30 – 11.30am making FISHY DISHES
Children’s pottery session withy Fiona Radford on Saturday 8th September, 2018 10.30 – 11.30am making FISHY DISHES
Includes clay, glazes and firing. Ages 6 and above, under 8’s to be accompanied by an adult. Fishy dishes will be dried, fired and glazed and ready for collection about 3 weeks after the class from the shop.
Jewellery Making Workshops with Sarah Woods on Friday 7th September or Tuesday 25th September 2018
10.30am - 1.30pm making 3 items of jewellery. Working with Silver Plated materials you will learn new skills of beading, manipulating wire & creating a quality instantly 'ready to wear' finish. Use of jewellery making pliers kits, all materials, organza gift bag, tea, coffee and biscuits included.
Make these pretty bluetits on a branch in stained glass and copper foiling with Caron King on Sunday September 2nd 2018 10.30 – 3.30pm
Come along for the day and learn the basics of copper foiling Tiffany style. There will be many colours to choose from if you wish and you will learn new skills such As soldering, cutting, grinding. All materials included, tea, coffee and biscuits unlimited during the day, just bring along a packed lunch.
Approx size of finished bluetit hanger is 11.5 x 6 inches
Make a leather leaf on Monday 24th September 2018 10.30 – 12.30
Make a leather leaf on Monday 24th September 2018 10.30 – 12.30 £23pp. Join craftswoman Ali English for a workshop where you will learn how to cut, tool and make your own leather leaf pendant, bag charm, pair of earrings or hair piece, or even your own Xmas decoration. Each attendee will take home at least one finished piece, fully painted and with handmade wire bail. All materials, tea, coffee and biscuits included.
Clay sculpture workshop – invent your own or bring along an idea to build your own gargoyle or grotesque with Fiona Radford Saturday 22 September 2018 1pm – 4pm
Clay sculpture workshop – invent your own or bring along an idea to build your own gargoyle or grotesque with Fiona Radford Saturday 22 September 2018 1pm – 4pm £35pp limited to 8 places age 14+. No previous experience required and all levels of ability are welcome. Includes glazing and firing. Your gargoyle will be available for collection from the shop about 3 weeks after the workshop.
Come and make a fun and colourful heart shaped brooch and fridge magnet using marbled paper with Jess Trevett on Saturday 22nd September 2018 10.30 – 12 noon
Come and make a fun and colourful heart shaped brooch and fridge magnet using marbled paper with Jess Trevett on Saturday 22nd September 2018 10.30 – 12 noon £20pp. Suitable for adults & accompanied children. Limited to 6 places. You can make 2 items each of your choice 5 x 5 cms. Using basic wooden shapes you will learn how to attach some marbled paper of your choice before painting the backs and edges with acrylic paint and finishing with a brooch back or fridge magnet. Due to drying times your made items will be available from the shop a few days later. Suitable for all abilities – all materials & papers provided. Full instructions to take home.
NEW quilting club with quilter Sue Frecklington on the first Wednesday of each month
NEW quilting club with quilter Sue Frecklington on the first Wednesday of each month starting on Wednesday 5th September, 2018. 10.30- 3.30 £13pp. Make a pieced quilt with expert help from Sue. Bring your own materials. You can bring your own machine or use one of ours. Book one class at a time or book 3 in a row – its up to you. Includes, tea, coffee and biscuits – please bring a packed lunch. Proceeds in ad of Alternating Hemiplegia of Childhood (AHC)
6 week pottery Design & Decoration with Pris McGirr starts Sunday 9th September or Wednesday 12th September 10.30 – 1.30
Six weeks pottery course with tutor Pris McGirr. In six weeks you will learn to throw or hand build your own pots, trim & decorate them, & glaze them ready to go into the kiln. Come along with your own project or we will offer you plenty of inspiration! It’s a friendly group, exchanging ideas & information, where everyone can progress at their own rate. At least one session will be raku pottery. £120 for a six-week course plus a free catch up day at the end. Includes clay, glazes and firings.
Lutradur leaves with textile artist Karen Lane Friday 5th October, 2018 10.30 – 1pm
Includes materials. Karen will demonstrate how to make beautiful leaf skeletons using Lutradur heat manipulative fabric, free machine stitching and a heat tool. These delicate leaves look wonderful in a small box frame and would make a unique gift if you can bear to part with them. Please bring your sewing machine with free motion foot or plate to cover the feed dogs. We do have a couple of machines if you need one. And 100% cotton, rayon or viscose machine thread (not polyester).
Make a fused glass sunflower 9 x 9” square using transparent yellow glass with Matt Sorrell
This workshop will show you how to cut and prepare glass to design your very own sunflower hanger which will look lovely in the light of a window or candle. Limited to 4 places so you will have lots of individual time with the tutor. Tea, coffee and biscuits supplied. All use of equipment and materials included.
Make a cushion for the festive season with Sandy Loosley Sunday 23 September, 2018 10.30 – 1.30pm
It’s that time of year when we need to start thinking about the festive season! We will make a cushion cover to fit a cushion pad measuring 12 x 20” & use techniques such as appliqué & quilting. All materials included. Basic knowledge of sewing is required but full instructions will be given. Please bring your own sewing machine. Limited to 4 places.
Christmas/ Autumnal Felt Flower Wreaths with Sharon Murray on Saturday 6th October 2018 10.30 – 1.30pm
Limited to 6 places. These lovely felt flower wreaths make the perfect decoration for the new season. You can display them on a door for a beautiful welcoming or even use them as a table centrepiece. These wreaths will last the whole season and beyond. You will learn how to make various flowers in a range of sizes and styles, choosing from a lovely selection of colours. The wreaths measure around 25cm. No experience is needed and this class is perfect for beginners. No sewing required! All equipment is provided including tea and coffee. You will be guided along and take a wreath home to be proud of.
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