Raku!

Ceramic artist Andy Sheppard joins us at this year’s Whitegold Festival with a Raku firing at the Afternoon Gallery, High Cross Street, St Austell, PL25 4AB Gallery Director and potter Andy Sheppard will demonstrate the exciting art of raku firing, an old Japanese technique, where combustibles like sawdust and flame combine to create ravishing colour on…

Treasure Bowls workshop

Free Interactive Workshop: during this year’s festival on September 30, Jenny Beavan  will be creating a china clay ‘whitegold’ landscape. Jenny is one of our resident artists specialising in china clay, and lives near St Austell. Jenny invites you to add to this ever-changing landscape by making ‘Treasure Bowls’ using local ‘treasured’ china clay materials and…

Exhibition: Passion for Porcelain

Go and see the Passion for Porcelain exhibition currently on at Wheal Martyn China Clay Museum. The exhibition focuses 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 fascination for, porcelain, emphasising…

The earth oven – in progress

Last week Betül Katigöz and assistant Yanni worked at Wheal Martyn museum to build, from scratch, a Turkish clay oven as used in traditional cooking. She will be coming back for the Whitegold Festival on September 30 where you will be able to cook using the oven. The oven was carved by many of those…

Like us on Facebook

We’ve got a new Facebook page for the Festival. As well as this website, the Facebook page is another way to make sure you get all the latest news about the Whitegold Festival, and a place where you can send us your own images and ideas and comments. You can find us here. Like us…

Earth oven at Wheal Martyn

This is Yanni. She’s one of Betül Katigöz’s assistants, helping her with the Turkish earth oven build at Wheal Martyn museum in Carthew (that’s just outside St. Austell). Betül and the gang will be building the clay oven and then showing how to cook in it. You can help. This picture shows the very beginning…

Earth Oven at Wheal Martyn this August

Join Turkish artist, Betűl Katigőz, to create earth ovens at Wheal Martyn Come along to Wheal Martyn, St. Austell, between Tuesday 22 and Friday 25 August to watch or get involved with making earth ovens with Turkish ceramicist Betűl Katigӧz, who will be creating handmade ovens inspired by those of her home town in Turkey. …

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…

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…