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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

Indian Inspiration

20 June to 27 July 2014

Pollie and Garry Uttley ceramic quilt

Pollie 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 decorative wall panels, bowls and platters, they incorporate a wide variety of techniques including: painting and printing, applying andf impressing, slip work and sgraffito, raku firing, decal transfers, folding and stitching, colour washing and glaszing, along with extenstive use of gold lustre.

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)  
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 
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
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 
Jewellery half day Stevie DaviesGlitzy Glass JewelleryUsing Dichroic Glass, a rainbow of colours and a myriad of decorative inclusions Stevie will help you learn various processes to design and make pendants, earrings, cufflinks and brooches etc. Your pieces will be taken back to Stevie’s studio,...£62 (materials included)26/07/201410:30am – 4pm
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
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
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