Full programme

Whitegold Festival Programme 

30th Sep 2017 : 11.00 – 16.30

11.00 Festival opens
CRAFT stalls are open all day See map
EXHIBITION open all day White River Place Gallery
EXHIBITION open all day WRP Festival Hall
Wheal Martyn display open all day WRP Plaza
WORKSHOP by artist Jenny Beaven WRP Festival Hall
WORKSHOP by artist Paul Jackson WRP Festival Hall
Cornishware stall (T G Green and Co.) WRP Plaza
Imerys display WRP Plaza
St Austell Brewery – free samples available WRP Plaza
Raku ceramics for sale by Andy Sheppard 13 High Cross Street
12.00 WELCOME by Emma Bridgwater and Sir Tim Smit WRP Main Stage
12.15 TALK by designer Emma Bridgwater WRP Festival Hall
12.30 COOKING in the Turkish clay oven WRP Plaza
13.00 Music from Radio St Austell Bay WRP Main Stage
14.00 Raku firing at Afternoon Gallery with Andy Sheppard 13 High Cross Street
15.00 Music from Radio St Austell Bay WRP Main Stage
16.00 Festival closes

The festival will be opened  by renowned ceramics designer Emma Bridgwater with a welcome by Tim Smit from the Eden Project. Emma will also give a talk about her own contemporary ceramics designs and her inspiration. The festival is a day of hands-on art and craft workshops for all ages, ceramics stalls, exhibitions and displays inspired by the unique material that has shaped the landscape and culture around St Austell.

Artichoke Plate Emma BridgewaterEmma Bridgewater and Matthew Banner





Jenny Beavan, a local ceramicist specialising in china clay, will be returning to the Whitegold Festival. Jenny will be running a workshop where visitors can learn to create something called Treasure Bowls – porcelain with china clay and glass on top of clay waves, symbolising the journey of Cornish china clay to far off shores.

Jenny Beavan Treasure Bowl Paul Jackson Font Project
Another local ceramicist, Paul Jackson, will be inviting people to carve ceramic tiles and will be displaying  his current project which re-interprets the medieval carved fonts of churches around the Clay Country and the eucryphia trees of Holy Trinty Church St Austell. Paul will also be exhibiting three large contemporary bowls from this project.

Ceramic artist Andy Sheppard joins us at this year’s Whitegold Festival having set up the new Afternoon Gallery recently in High Cross St, St Austell. Andy will be literally playing with fire, showing the spectacular art of Raku firing, an old Japanese technique, where combustibles like sawdust and flame combine to create ravishing colour on ceramics.

Andy Sheppard Raku Andy Sheppard Raku Andy Sheppard Raku
We are also very pleased to welcome for the first time the manufacturers of Cornishware TG Green and Co who will be showing the pottery design that was created in the 1920’s and inspired by the Cornish coast. Their master potters will be doing wheel throwing demostrations and hand decorating plates

CornishwareCornishware Mug

Over August Turkish ceramicist Betűl Katigӧz has been making a Turkish clay oven with the help of visitors and staff at Wheal Martyn Museum which we hope to fire up on the day of the festival to create wonderful food.

Turkish Oven

There will be an exhibition by Cornwall College at White River Place including stunning photography from the china clay area Plymouth University photographer Oli Udy and beautiful ceramics by Cornwall College alumni Sarah Cooling as well as other artists and ceramicists.

Oliver Udy Sarah Cooling








A great display of some of the amazing crafts people and artists from across Cornwall selling their wares. An opportunity to possess your own fantastic piece of Cornish creativity. Read more here…

Come and meet people from China Clay past – Wheal Martyn Museum and China Clay future – Imerys.

Restormal Arts performers will also be entertaining the crowds and St Austell Community Radio will be broadcasting live from the festival…

St Austell Brewery will be there allowing us to take a sample of the local stuff !