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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
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 
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
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...£135 for an 8 week block02/12/201410am – 12:30pm or 1pm – 3:30pm
Stevie Davies - seasonal giftsCrafted by Design - contemporary crafts at Christmas An exhibition of handmade art works, home accessories and jewellery created using ceramics, glass, textiles and metals. Treat your friends and family or even yourself to a special gift this Christmas. This selling exhibition features outstanding...Free02/12/2014 
Kate Bajic - Silver Earrings, Pendants and PinsSilver Earrings, Pendants and Pins‘Silver Earrings, Pendants and Pins’ workshop offers the chance to make a selection of jewellery using a range of skills and techniques.The workshop is aimed at both beginners and improvers. Kate will cover the basic health and safety...£58.00 (plus approx £15 - £18 silver costs on the day)06/12/201410:30am – 4:30pm
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