The Whitegold Project

Whitegold is an initiative of the Austell Project set in the heart of Cornwall, in an area famous for China Clay production and renowned for its sub-tropical gardens. Find out more about the project and how we're working to bring a creative pride to St Austell and its hinterland.


Calling all local astronauts…

Artist Georgia Gendall is making a radio show about St Austell Bay and the Clay Country for Whitegold and would like to interview the people who use the landscape, and particularly people who notice the skies above it. The programme will be aired in September as part of our Whitegold celebration this year. If you are interested and would like to have a chat, please email Georgia Gendall gendallgeorgia@gmail.com


David Mach call for ceramic memories

Contribute your ceramic memories to David Mach new commission Earthly Delights - an historic ceramic art installation which will be displayed in St Austell Town Centre.

International Prize

Tana West – wants your views

Tana West, Feldspar Winner of the Whitegold International Ceramics Prize, is creating a circular panorama made with 15 ceramic panels that will depict St Austell’s clay country. Tana is asking people to send in their favourite images of St Austell, the surrounding landscape and villages as inspiration for her design.


Brickfield 2020 Activities

Bookings are now live for Brickfield summer events. Join us for walks out and brick making in clay country. Find out more here.


Brickfield 2020 Update

This year the Brickfield team are turning their attention to their connections with the history and heritage of brick making in clay country, learning as much as they can from local brick making legend John Osborne.

Clay Exchange

Pottery & People – Leach 100

This year is the 100th anniversary of the establishment of the pottery in St Ives by the most well known fathers of contemporary studio ceramics in the UK, Bernard Leach. As part of their celebrations our friends at the Leach Pottery are asking everyone, far and wide to share their love of ceramics.

International Prize

2020 Prize shortlist

We are delighted to announce the shortlist for the Whitegold International Ceramics Prize 2020. The prize is open to artists and artist collectives from across the world including collaborations between artists, cooks, brewers and food producers.


Bringing a creative spirit to St Austell town centre

The ceramic commissions project will bring public engagement to visually deprived areas of the town to build pride and confidence in our built environment.


Studio HOT.mess

Studio Hotmess are two young designers/architects, Charlotte Moore from Cornwall and Maria Saeki from Japan. They have been briefed to respond to the frontage of Number 1 Fore St in St Austell.


Brickfield at Whitegold Festival Brickmaking and Kiln Firing Workshops

Join us on Fri 18 and Sat 19 September to make some bricks, see the Brickfield kiln and share some kiln-side stories 2020. BOOKING AVAILABLE SOON.

Brickfield Site, Blackpool Pit, Trewoon, PL26 7TE
September 18, 2020 10:00 am TO July 19, 2020 7:30 pm

Brickfield Brickathon!

Take on the Brickfield Brickathon challenge to make 100 bricks in a day! BOOK YOUR PLACE HERE FOR OUR BRICK MAKING MARATHON!

August 22, 2020 10:00 am 4:00 pm

Brickfield Brickmaking Workshops

Join us on site at Blackpool Pit to learn how to make a brick from the material beneath your feet. Workshops are in mid/late August and mid September to coincide with the Brickfield kiln firing for the Whitegold Festival. BOOK YOUR PLACE HERE.

PL26 7TE
August 19, 2020 10:00 am TO August 22, 2020 4:00 pm

Brickfield August Fieldtrip

Join us for our second field trip of the season at Blackpool Pit on August 15 2020. BOOK YOUR PLACE HERE!

August 15, 2020 11:00 am 3:00 pm

Brickfield July Fieldtrip

Our first Brickfield fieldtrip is on Sat 25 July. Meet us at our site at Blackpool Pit for a walk out into the unique clay country landscape. This Event is now full.

Starting from Blackpool Pit, Trewoon, St Austell
July 25, 2020 11:00 am 2:00 pm

Matt Davis

Matt Davis has been awarded the Tremen commission to create a ceramic art installation which will be displayed in St Austell Town Centre.


Jenny Beavan

Jenny Beavan has been commissioned to create ceramic installations of clay country core samples which will be installed within the St Austell area.


Paul Jackson

Paul Jackson has been commissioned by the Whitegold Project and the St Austell Townscape Heritage Initiative to create a set of new ceramic planters for the historic Market House.


Cornish Honey Bee

One of the first public art commissions for St Austell will be the Cornish Honey Bee Tile mural which has been hand made by local residents of St Austell, artists, makers and HRH Prince Charles.


Susan Elliott

Susan Elliott is a Hastings based artist working with mosaic materials. Susan has been commissioned to create a ceramic mosaic sculpture which will be displayed in the town centre of St Austell.