Get Crafty at Hey Clay!

Members of the public are invited to come and make a leaf or flower from clay as part of a community artwork celebrating the regrowth of Barnsley on Saturday 8 April, in a ‘Hey Clay!’ event run by The Crafty Business Network.

Local ceramic artists Tracey Mawson and Sarah Jones-Morris will be delivering the free drop-in workshops and sharing their tricks of the trade throughout the day on Saturday in the Learning Lab at Experience Barnsley at the Town Hall.

When all the separate pieces have been fired they will be brought together to become part of a large community art installation which you will be able to see in the main atrium at the Digital Media Centre in Barnsley (at The Courthouse car park).

“Our Hey Clay! event is part of the Get Creative campaign with the Crafts Council and the BBC, which we feel honoured to be part of. We want to give everyone a chance to come together as a community and create something really special.” said Steph Cronin from The Crafty Business Network.

“The Great Pottery Throw Down on the BBC has been extremely popular and there has been a surge of interest in making and crafts in general across the UK, so we wanted to give everyone in Barnsley a chance to unleash their inner potter.” said Tracey Mawson.

“Hey Clay! is a fantastic opportunity to roll up your sleeves and have fun with clay – the most responsive of materials. With the rise of interest in handmade but a decline of craft education in schools, Hey Clay! is a wonderful initiative by the Crafts Council offering the public free events to get creative across the
UK.” Go on, feel the pleasure of soft clay between your fingers… once you start you won’t want to stop.” said Kate Malone, ceramic artist and judge on The Great Pottery Throw Down.

The workshops are free and open to people of all ages.
Just drop in between 11-3 on 8th April in The Learning Lab at Experience Barnsley. If you can’t make it to the museum there will be a second
chance to have a go at the Crafty Business Makers Market 10-4 on Easter Sunday at Penistone Barn.