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Creative sessions at Rufford Craft Centre

Rufford Craft Centre offers a popular, year-round, workshop programme, taught by professional artists who will inspire you to get started as a beginner or to develop your skills further as an artist.

You can choose between workshops in a variety of art and craft forms and the changing programme offers something for everyone. Workshops take place in either the Creative Learning Centre adjacent to the Gallery on the first floor, The Seminar Room situated directly off the craft centre courtyard or at the Woodland Workshop found in the country park, five minutes walk from the craft centre.

Workshop programme 

Our workshop programme offers a wide variety of different art forms to explore. Designed for those aged over 18, the vast majority of our workshops require no previous experience - just an enthusiasm to learn and have fun.

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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
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
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
Andrew Wynne - Mirror MosaicsMirror MosaicsA unique and exciting workshop where you will learn to cut and shape mirror, using Japanese glass cutters with confidence to create a dynamic and beautiful mosaic. The mirror can be cut precisely to create pure geometric design as well as random...£6020/09/201410:30am – 4:30pm


To find out more details about any of the workshop and make bookings, please contact the artists directly.

Demand for our workshops is high so please book early to avoid disappointment.

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