festival 2017

We’re now in the planning stages for whitegold 2017. SAVE THE DATES of September 30 and October 1 for a weekend filled with artists, art-making, street-clay, food, exhibitions and more in the heart of St Austell.

festival 2016

Hundreds of people turned out for the first ever WHITEGOLD pop up festival on a blustery day in October with many making Eucryphia flowers with Paul Jackson and the White River with Jenny Beavan, not to mention visiting the ceramics exhibition, being awed by Imerys’ monitor hose, enjoying Cornwall College’s street food and hearing about the…

whitegold film

Find out in this short film of the day what people thought about the whitegold pop up festival on the 1st October 2016 and hear some of the vision of local people for St Austell as a cultural hot spot of the future – Clay Town. Features the ongoing White River project by china clay expert Jenny Beavan and…

white gold ale trail

Fancy combining local history, clay and refreshment ? Then why not try St Austell Brewery’s White Gold Ale Trail of pubs connected with the clay industry.

passion for porcelain

Go and see the Passion for Porcelain exhibition from the 21st of October at Wheal Martyn China Clay Museum. The exhibition will focus on the use of china clay in porcelain manufacture and the important role that Cornwall played in the development of British porcelain and its global trade. It will celebrate the beauty of, and…

ceramic artist

Work by ceramic artist Jenny Beavan based on the interaction between clay and water..

clay town on BBC Spotlight

The famous blue and white Cornishware pottery could finally be made in the county it’s named after, as business leaders prepare a multimillion pound plan to revitalise St Austell. The scheme aims to rebrand the town as Clay Town by capitalising on its china clay history and turning it into a world renowned centre for…

festival programme

WHITEGOLD: A FESTIVAL OF CLAY  1st October 2016, 10-00 to 16-00, White River Place, St Austell. Launching the Clay Town vision for St Austell Join Cornish craftspeople, makers, artists and gardeners to celebrate the material that has made the St Austell area such a fascinating place for the past 250 years. This is china clay…

public art plans

Come and see exciting new designs for White River Place by Cornwall College lecturer Karl Owen and students who are working on unique public art mosaics for the square as part of an exciting new exhibition in the WHITEGOLD festival… Exhibition: WHITEGOLD – Contemporary Cornish Ceramics 10:00 to 16-00, Cornwall College Exhibition Space, White River Place….

clay town launch

Come and hear Tim Smit and James Staughton talk about a new cultural future for St Austell – Clay Town 01/10/16 – 12-00 to 12-30, Cornwall College Exhibition Space, White River Place. Free. Tim Smit from the Eden Project and James Staughton from St Austell Brewery will introduce an exciting new Clay Town vision for St…