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Earth and Fire 2014

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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

John O'Meara: A Lover of Pots

John O'Meara started collecting ceramics in the 1960s when he moved from Ireland to London. On his death in 2013, he bequeathed his collection to Rufford Craft Centre.

We are extremely proud to present this extraordinary collection and share John's love of ceramics. 

Tuesday 11 March to Monday 21 April 2014.

See more exhibitions and family fun events.

Craft Centre Guide

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A lover of pots exhibitionA Lover of Pots: The John O'Meara CollectionJohn O'Meara started collecting ceramics in the 1960's when he moved from Ireland to London. Buying work from artist studios and galleries, his passion for all things clay lasted a lifetime. John was regular visitor to Earth & Fire, meeting...Free11/03/2014 
Felt making workshopFabulous Felted LandscapesLearn to use colourful, soft merino fibres to design you own contemporary landscape or picture.  During the morning, we will learn to create handmade felt using the wet felting technique and in the afternoon, transform one piece into...£6029/03/201410:30am – 4:00pm
bowls curves Stevie DaviesBeautiful Bowls and Colourful Curves Glass ArtAlthough Stevie welcomes beginners, it is recommended that you have some experience with working with glass, preferably having been on one of Stevie’s courses before. Visit Stevie’s website to see if you can attend an introductory class...£62 (materials included)26/04/201410:30am – 4pm
Open Studios NottsBringing Artists into ViewOnce again Rufford Gallery offers a selling showcase of selected works by artists and makers taking part in Open Studios Notts events across Nottinghamshire. Now in its third year, Open Studios Notts, supported by Nottinghamshire County Council...Free05/05/2014 
Surface Decoration – TextilesSurface DecorationAn exciting workshop exploring innovative combinations of dyeing and printing including devoré, relief printing and resist-dyeing. Simple but effective techniques, using a variety of paints, dyes and resists in combination with an experimental...£5010/05/201410:30am – 4:30pm
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 per weekend10/05/201410am - 4pm
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. Please note: 2 weeks break 27 May & 3 June. £160 per block13/05/201410am to 12:30pm or 1pm to 3:30pm
Kate Bajic Silver RingsSilver RingsA Silver Rings workshop offers the chance to make three decorative rings using a range of skills and techniques. The workshop is aimed at both beginners and improvers.  Kate will cover the basic health and safety requirements needed...£58 (plus approx £10 - £15 silver costs on the day)07/06/201410:30am – 4:30pm
Decals Stevie DaviesDecorative Decals and Layers of GlassMultiple techniques will be used in this experimental full day workshop. You’ll learn about decal papers, glass cutting and coloured glass elements.   Stevie will talk about and demonstrate the use of Microwave kilns, a great way to carry...£60 (materials included)15/06/201410:30am – 4pm
Pollie and Garry Uttley ceramic quiltIndian InspirationPollie and Garry Uttley first visited India in 1995 and were immediately overwhelmed by the sheer visual overload they experienced.  Since then, almost annual visits have reinforced the inspiration for their ceramic work. Producing...Free20/06/2014 

Earth and Fire International Ceramic Fair 2014

Earth and Fire is one of the country's premiere ceramic events.

Earth and Fire at Rufford

The next Earth and Fire takes place on Friday 20, Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 June 2014.

For three days, over a hundred potters from across the UK and Europe come to Nottinghamshire to sell direct to the public from outdoor market stalls.

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