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The home of contemporary craft

Rufford Craft Centre comprises a gallery with a changing programme of exhibitions, Creative Learning Centre and seminar room all housed in the former stable block which dates from the 1660s.

The Craft Centre offers the opportunity to participate in workshops in a variety of art and craft forms through a programme of public creative workshops with professional artists.

We also offer an extensive education and outreach programme for schools and groups. A highlight of our programme is the annual Earth & Fire International Ceramics Fair, which takes over the Abbey grounds at the end of June each year.

Exhibitions, events and workshops

Fibrefusion Structure

12 August to 21 September 2014

Fibrefusion structure

Contemporary textile art group Fibrefusion are textile artists from Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex, Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire.

Each member of Fibrefusion has designed and created a body of textile art depicting their individual explorations of the theme. You will be surrounded by a broad spectrum of textile structures, both hanging, surface and wall mounted and sketchbooks revealing the artists' creative journey.

See more exhibitions and family fun events. 

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Paint a potChristmas Paint a PotGet creative with glazes and paint your own ceramic mug that will be fired by Rufford for collection in time for Christmas. Great presents and good fun at the same time. £4 per mug (maximum of 6 mugs per family)  
Come draw with meFamily craft activitiesA summer filled with free family craft activities: Wednesday 30 July 2014 Saturday 2 - Friday 8 August Wednesday 13 August Wednesday 20 August Wednesday 27 August Every Wednesday and for a full week in August the Big Art Space...Free30/07/201411am - 4pm
Fibrefusion structureFibrefusion StructureContemporary textile art group Fibrefusion are textile artists from Suffolk, Norfolk, Essex, Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire.  Each member of Fibrefusion has designed and created a body of textile art depicting their individual explorations of...Free12/08/2014 
CeramicsCeramicsBe guided by a professional ceramist and gain confidence in basic ceramic techniques. For the more experienced, it is a chance to develop and apply skills you already have.  See the results for yourself in ‘Made at Rufford’ in the...£165 per 10 week block 16/09/201410am – 12:30pm or 1pm – 3:30pm
Andrew Wynne - Mirror MosaicsMirror MosaicsA unique and exciting workshop where you will learn to cut and shape mirror, using Japanese glass cutters with confidence to create a dynamic and beautiful mosaic. The mirror can be cut precisely to create pure geometric design as well as random...£6020/09/201410:30am – 4:30pm
Stevie Davies - glass bowl curvesBeautiful Bowls and Colourful Curves Glass ArtThis is your chance to create a unique sculptural form, dish or bowl using images and colours that inspire you. You will create patterns, shapes and designs with metal inclusions and coloured glass details. Your creations will then be fused and... £62 (materials included)28/09/201410:30am – 4pm
Andy Mason - Raku FiringRaku FiringEnjoy the atmospheric delights of Raku in the beautifully rustic Rufford Woodland Workshop. An intriguing introduction to the history and culture of Raku will set the scene. Andy will then demonstrate a range of glazing techniques, and encourage you...£5504/10/20149:45am – 4pm
Kate Bajic - Silver Bangles & BraceletsSilver Bangles and Bracelets‘Silver Bangles & Bracelets’ workshop offers the chance to make a decorative bangle & bracelet using a range of skills and techniques.The workshop is aimed at both beginners and improvers. Kate will cover the basic health and...£58.00 (plus approx £15 - £18 silver costs on the day)04/10/201410:30am – 4:30pm
Trent to Trenches logoFuture FieldsAs the country commemorates the First World War we both remember the past and look to the future. Local artists have been working with groups across the county, exploring themes of remembrance to create a series of special artworks for this...Free07/10/2014 
Stone carvingStone CarvingCome and spend the weekend learning to sculpt in stone with Andy Oldfield, professional Sculpture and Historic building conservator. Ideal for beginners or the more advanced, all types of sculpture are taught including letter cutting, The workshops...£120 - weekend11/10/201410am - 4pm
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