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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

Future Fields

7 October to 16 November 2014

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As 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 exhibition.

The exhibition will grow throughout October as additional work created during BIG DRAW in libraries, community venues and Rufford is added. More information is available on the Arts news page.

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
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
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 
Family fun at Rufford Craft CentreThe Big DrawAnyone can draw!Lots of fun with poppy based drawings and seed balls made of clay and soil. Let's get messy! Come and add your art work to the Future Fields Exhibition in the gallery. Free25/10/2014 
Stevie Davies - seasonal giftsSeasonal GiftsMake something wonderful for someone special…. Or yourself!   Enjoy a day making fused glass decorations, coasters, hangings or pendants with the idea to give them away at Christmas.   Learn to cut glass to enable you embellish pre...£55 (materials included)08/11/201410:30am – 4pm
Kate Bajic - Silver Rings & CufflinksSilver Rings and CufflinksThe ‘Silver Rings & Cufflinks’ workshop offers the chance to make both a ring and a pair of cufflinks using a range of different skills and techniques. This workshop is aimed at both beginners and improvers. Tuition covers a...£58.00 (plus approx £15 silver costs on the day)09/11/201410:30am – 4:30pm
Tactile Techniques with ClayTactile Techniques with ClayYou will explore and have fun with the process of coiling - rolling, pinching and pressing. Using an experimental approach you will gain confidence, skill and befriend your clay!£65 15/11/201410:30am – 4:30pm
Andrew Wynne - Batik – But Not As We Know ItBatik – But Not As We Know It!This unique workshop offers a contemporary twist to an ancient textile craft with its roots in eastern culture. Learn new techniques and be spontaneous.  The exciting workshop aims to challenge the often limited ideas about Batik as an...£5022/11/201410:30am – 4:30pm
Crochet Christmas Stocking - Nick MerrallMake a Christmas StockingGet into the Christmas spirit by making a felt Christmas stocking, then embellish it with an cuff and motif.  Choose from knit or crochet to make your original creative embellishments. The project is suitable for anyone who knows the basic knit...£50 (including materials)29/11/201410:30am – 4:30pm
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