Practical Workshops

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So what can I make in 20 minutes with a ball of clay…?

Debbie Page Professional ceramicist

This is a mystery workshop.

Debbie will show you what you can make in 20mins and under, using a ball of clay the size of an apple.

You’ll need to bring an open mind and a devil-may-care approach to getting your hands dirty.

Debbie will guide you through the steps towards making something you probably didn’t know you could make with your hands.

The clock starts now……

Annnnd stop.

So what did you make in 20 minutes with a ball of clay the size of an apple ?

There are several answers

  • Maybe - a tea bowl Japanese style
  • Probably – a mess. So what! You can’t make an omelette without cracking eggs and there’s hot water and soap in the loos
  • Definitely made new neural connections – brain buzzing craft experience
  • Made fun memories – I sincerely hope you enjoyed the session

About Debbie

I have always made things, from an early age - knitting, sewing, crochet, junk modelling.

I was fortunate to have tried pottery at secondary school; in the equivalent of Year 9, we had a term each of pottery, batik and lino printing. Luckily for me, I started with pottery and absolutely loved it. So much so, that after the first week of the next term and batik, I swapped with a friend back in pottery. I also managed to swap again from the lino printing.

Sadly didn't get the chance to continue, other than a brief period in my late 20s - couldn't get into classes as they were so popular. However when we moved to Reading, I joined a pottery adult education class to get back to pottery and meet new people.  The rest, as they say, is history.

I studied 2 City & Guilds courses, bought my own kiln, built a studio shed in the back garden, made loads of lovely friends, and found a new career.  I think I have one of the best jobs in the World - I create  pots using a material that I love and in teaching others to use clay, I can watch their creative instincts to flourish.

Pottery for me is something of a life style - as well as making and teaching, I sell my work on arts trails and open studio events so they take up many weekends during the year.  I also belong to 2 guilds and I continue to attend workshops myself, learning new skills along the way.

My main sources of inspiration are Korean and Japanese pottery – I love the strong, simple and subtle forms.

Telephone no: 07802 347943
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Web address: www.debbiepage.co.uk

Social media channels:

Facebook @debbiepageceramicsyellowshedpottery
Instagram @debbiepageceramics

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INTO THE OFFICE, INTO THE ALLOTMENT

Maddie Professional Landscape Gardener

Into the office, into the allotment By Madeleines is a workshop that is specifically aimed at creating a ‘green space’ within the workplace. What better opportunity than being able to harvest office grown fruit and veg for lunch! By collaborating together to grow these is extremely beneficial to wellbeing, staff morale, creating a sense of belonging and also positive nutrition.

This workshop includes:

  • Introduction to indoor growing
  • How the office allotment can work or you
  • Making a start on your first office plant

About Madeleine

I have been a keen gardener for a number of years now, however when I first started out sowing and growing my own, I found it quite a confusing process. There was so much on offer but nowhere that really told you what to grow and when, in one simple kit.

I took the plunge and just had a go and tried. After a lot of trial and error, I now have a steady plan of sowing, growing, harvesting throughout the year and its great to be able to cook with your own, hard earned produce.

I believe that anyone can grow their own, whether that be in their garden or allotment, or in a window box in their kitchen. There is so much joy to be had from growing your own veg and it should be accessible to all.

07877 066 387
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https://bymadeleines.co.uk

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Art for your Wellbeing and Team Bonding – Create a painting in 20 minutes

Gaye Daniels Professional Artist

The aim of this session is for the group to have fun by doing an art activity (in this case creating a painting), to bond with each other and to be part of a team.

In addition, everyone will leave with having created a painting.

About Gaye:

Growing up in London in an artistic environment, Gaye spent many years drawing and painting, but it was several years later, in 1996, that she finished an art and music degree as a mature student at the University of Hertfordshire. Her early exhibits were soft stone sculptures, however, her main focus now is painting in acrylic.

Although Gaye was brought up on the 'Masters', as a child she always put lots of colour into her paintings and they were always abstract. It never occurred to her to paint in a 'traditional' way.

She sees colour in everything around her and her vibrant paintings are expressive and reflect her energy. Gaye works in acrylic using bold, loose strokes with a brush but happy to use beer mats, broken rulers or objects that will help her achieve what she’s trying to create.

Her studio is a former aviary and is surrounded by trees and landscapes where so much of her inspiration comes from.

She is also an experienced art facilitator running art sessions with an aim to improving well-being and mental health. Benefits include positive attitude, increased observations, less stress, able to connect with colleagues, boosts self-esteem and stimulates the imagination, thus improving productivity in the workplace.

Gaye is a member of Herts Visual Arts and IMAP on the Cote d’Azure. She exhibits in London, the Home Counties and on the Cote d’Azure.

I am a professional, contemporary artist specialising in flowers, landscapes and trees for homes, offices, hotels and interiors.  My paintings and murals will enhance any home or commercial space.

I am also an experienced art facilitator running art sessions with an aim to improving well-being and mental health. Benefits include positive attitude, increased observations, less stressed, able to connect with colleagues, boosts self-esteem and stimulates the imagination, thus improving productivity in the workplace.

Telephone no: 07747 613 723
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Web address: https://www.gayedaniels.com

Social media channels:

Intagram: https://www.instagram.com/gaye_daniels
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GayeDanielsArt
Linkedin: https://www.linkedin.com/in/gayedaniels01
Twitter: https://twitter.com/GayeDaniels4

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Glass fusing workshop – try the world of working with glass and create your very own coaster

Tina Easton | Glass by Tina

In this 40-minute workshop, you will be shown a glimpse into the world of glass fusing where one works with glass sheets, crushed glass or small pieces of glass in different colours to create a coaster design. The glass will then be taken away be put into a kiln that will heat up and fuse all the glass together over 12-24 hours. The resulting pieces will be ready to be picked up from (the centre….) 7-10 days after the workshop (you will be notified when it’s ready).

Tina Easton: I’m a glass artist with over 15 years’ experience in many different techniques of working with glass. I specialise in bespoke glass designs, especially beautiful kitchen and bathroom splashbacks, statement wall art or unique garden art.

07470882790 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
https://glassbytina.design
https://glassbytina.theboroughbasket.co.uk

 


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