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Photo: Hand carved and jointed ‘Gigi’ wooden cats; Maker: David Cousley; Photo credit: Craft NI

Felting with Bees in The Walled Garden, Helen’s Bay

The Walled Garden 47 Craigdarragh Road, Helen's Bay, Bangor, Down, United Kingdom

On arrival at The Walled Garden Helen's Bay, participants will be welcomed by host Lorraine with a small glass of locally produced honey mead, followed by a visit to the apiary, at a safe distance, for a brief talk about the importance of Black Irish bee conservation, their role in cross pollination in the garden … Continue reading Felting with Bees in The Walled Garden, Helen’s Bay

£75

Pottery Course – beginners/ intermediate

Island Arts Centre The Island, Lisburn, United Kingdom

Join tutor Andrea McCullough-Alderdice and explore the potter’s wheel and full range of hand-building techniques from pinch pots to coil and slab building, whilst experimenting with slips, velvet underglazes and a full range of glazes. Please note, the course will take place on Wednesdays 1 May – 5 June.

£145

Keith Sheppard – Art In Glass

Island Arts Centre The Island, Lisburn, United Kingdom

The Island Arts Centre are delighted to invite you to the preview for two new exhibitions on Saturday 4 May at 4pm. KEITH SHEPPARD - Art In Glass | 4 May - 1 June Following a life changing accident in 2009, resulting in paralysis from the waist down, Keith defied medical opinion by walking seven … Continue reading Keith Sheppard – Art In Glass

Free

Exhibiting at Collect – Maker Talk

Craft NI Gallery 115 - 119 Royal Ave, Belfast, United Kingdom

The Crafts Council's Collect showcase every spring in London is the UK's leading international fair for contemporary craft & design in the UK. In the last two years, ceramist Patricia Millar and glass artist Andrea Spencer have been selected to exhibit at Collect Open, the fair's platform for pioneering individual artists. We're delighted that Patricia … Continue reading Exhibiting at Collect – Maker Talk

Free

Intro to linocut

The Workshop 4a Church Street, Ballynahinch, United Kingdom

Linocut is an artform that can be as simple or as intricate as you can dream and combines well with other mediums. But first, you have to learn the basics! In this class, participants will learn about the basic tools, materials, and methods used from the types of mediums they can carve into, different kinds … Continue reading Intro to linocut

£45

Animal Themed Tiles with Figment Ceramic

Belfast Ceramics Studio Unit 10E Owen O'Cork Mill, 288 Beersbridge Road, Belfast, Antrim, United Kingdom

In this 2 part workshop Jakki Trainor will guide you through each step of the process to design, make and decorate an animal or bird themed panel, the following week you will then learn how to use glaze to enhance your design and highlight texture. Established in 2016, Figment Ceramics draws inspiration from Jakki's love … Continue reading Animal Themed Tiles with Figment Ceramic

£110

Making Space: Macramé Masterclass

ASTRL Fibres Studio 412 Woodstock Road, Belfast, Antrim, United Kingdom

Making Space is a series of workshops that will encourage you to think with your hands, embrace a willingness to play, allow yourself the space to be creative and find connection in the act of making. Join Alison of ASTRL Fibres for a deep dive into macramé pattern design. Over the course of this 4hr … Continue reading Making Space: Macramé Masterclass

£75

Open Studio Weekend in Broughshane

Members of County Antrim Open Studios who live in or near Broughshane are welcoming visitors to their studios on the weekend of 17/18/19 May! Stop by and meet furniture maker Noel McCullough, Rosanne from Willow Leaves Handmade Books, jeweller Vera McCullough or visit The Black Sheep Gallery. Open studio days are ideal for meeting makers … Continue reading Open Studio Weekend in Broughshane

Free

Kids Fused Glass Fish Workshop

Millenium Court 2 William Street, Portadown, Co Armagh, United Kingdom

Come along and make 3 tropical fused glass fish! Kids can use their vivid imaginations to dive into the under sea world and experience new skills to help them complete their designs in mesmerising glass colour, using a variety of glass materials to create different tones and textures. The children can decide if they want … Continue reading Kids Fused Glass Fish Workshop

£25

Coiled macrame basket workshop

The Workshop 4a Church Street, Ballynahinch, United Kingdom

Join Alison of ASTRL Fibres and learn how to handcraft a beautiful coiled basket which you can then take home with you. Over the course of this 2.5hr session, Alison will guide you through basic coiling and stitching techniques using recycled cotton cord in one of the four available colour options. This workshop is suitable … Continue reading Coiled macrame basket workshop

£45

Making paper birds with Adele Pound

The Craft Room 24a Frances Street, Newtownards, United Kingdom

Make your own paper bird decorations with artist Adele Pound! Following instructions and demonstrations, participants will learn simple paper cutting and folding techniques in order to cut and assemble a paper bird decoration. Adele will have several designs to choose from and participants will be able to make more than one decoration, time permitting. All … Continue reading Making paper birds with Adele Pound

£25

Dorset Button Making with Debbie McCann

The Craft Room 24a Frances Street, Newtownards, United Kingdom

Dorset Button making began in the 1600s in Shaftsbury, Dorset. It became a thriving cottage industry promoting independence and security for many women and families. Sadly, the introduction of the button making machine in 1851 caused the industry to go into decline. Dorset Button making is now considered a heritage craft, and once mastered can … Continue reading Dorset Button Making with Debbie McCann

£35

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