We’ve got some wonderful workshops coming up with a wide range of hands-on playing with clay and ceramics.
Local ceramic artist Jenny Beavan will continue invite people to help create her ‘Pit to Port’ river of beautiful clay vessels – Cups and Saucers made by participants in Whitegold Festivals from their beginnings in 2016.
Cornish potter Paul Jackson is offering 15-minute one-to-one sessions for beginners who want to have a go at throwing a pot on a potters wheel and to learn more about a potter’s process.
Cornwall College are involved in the national commemorative poppy project in this case working with the people of St Austell to create 100 ceramic poppies to install in White River Place, to commemorate the centenary of the end of WW1 – to remember the fallen of St Austell and its surrounding area.
Cornish artist / painter Peter Ward will run a workshop using earth pigments made from local clays. He says:
Since people began to make marks and symbols we have used pigments from the earth. Whether painting on our bodies, cave walls or paper and canvas we have found ways of making colours from materials available in our immediate surroundings. It is hoped that the use of such materials and an understanding of their history and formation may bring us, in a small way, to a new appreciation of our environment and the earth as a whole.
And finally, Parasite Ceramics from London will be launching the Cornish Black Bee Ceramic Mural project in Biddick’s Court. This project will uncover stories about St Austell to create a large-scale mural celebrating the endangered Cornish Black Bee.