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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 
Crochet - Nicki MerrallCrochet Beyond the Basicshe theme of this workshop is that “some stitches that look complicated are, in fact, easy”.  Starting with the basic crochet stitches (chain, double and treble crochet), Nicki will show how they can be combined to make some simple...£50 (including materials)16/08/201410.30am – 4.30pm
Goldwork EmbroideryGoldwork EmbroideryGoldwork is the inclusion of gold metals and threads in hand embroidery to create opulent pieces that shimmer and shine and is the technique used on Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation robe! Learn how to use the metals and threads in...£60 (plus a materials pack cost of about £15)17/08/201410:30am – 4:30pm
Seascapes - Stevie DaviesGlass Art Seascape PanelsLearn the technique of cutting sheet glass to enable you to form your own wavy shapes before layering these up with coloured glass, metals, wire, sparkles and specialist bubble paint. Your designs can be as detailed or as abstract as you wish and...£30 (materials included)24/08/201410:30am – 1pm
Fibrefusion - Pauline VerrinderCreative 3D EmbroideryAre you a creative embroiderer who loves working three-dimensionally? This workshop is for creative embroiderer’s who have experience with free-machine embroidery.  Using our machines we will be constructing small 3-D items using a...£50 (including materials)30/08/201410:30am – 4:30pm
Georgina Bell - Needle feltingFunky, Fun Needle FeltingThis half-day workshop will introduce you to the wonderful world of needle felting. You'll be amazed at how easy and addictive needle felting can be.  During the workshop you will learn a variety of techniques from making mini sculptures to...£3013/09/201410am - 1pm
Upholstery - Carol HoltUpholstery for BeginnersLearn basic traditional upholstery techniques whilst re-upholstering a drop-in seat.  The workshop will include how to use basic upholstery tools safely, web a seat, attach hessian, bridle and stuff, attach calico, attach and centre patterned...£65 plus materials used (approx £10)13/09/201410am - 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 - weekend13/09/201410am - 4pm
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