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Social Clay Pottery Festival

Details

Dates: 08 September 2023 to 10 September 2023

Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Price

Free Entry (Workshops are £5 each)

Key information

No need to book. Drop in and join in for as much or as little as you like.

Camping is available at £10 per person — booking advised.

Venue

The Farmer’s Arms, Lowick Green – LA12 8DY

Social Clay returns for its second iteration. Join us for a two day collaborative gathering of people using craft in a political, educational and social way. 

Since we established The Farmer’s Arms Workshops, we’ve been working to foster collaborations, ideas and discussions to help folks from all walks of life develop networks and provide a space for them to make. Social Clay is an informal celebration of what has been established to date and a chance for us to meet other people doing interesting things, to learn, exchange and collaborate.

The Farmer’s Arms isn’t just about pottery! We do woodwork, textiles and of course lots of good grub, fine food, baking, preserving and horticulture. So if you’re working somewhere in between any or all of these things, but you’re thinking beyond the product, then this festival is for you!

Want to join us for the weekend?

For those not living local but still wanting to get involved, we’ll also have basic camping facilities available in The Farmer’s Fields next to the pub for that weekend only — click here to book your Weekend Camping Ticket

Talk at The Farmer's Arms

WORKSHOPS, FILMS & TALKS: 

Friday 8th September

10:00 – 16:00 WORKSHOP: Drop In Clay Construction For All Ages 

Taking inspiration from the pub’s own historical architecture and our newly built cold-store, let your imagination run wild as we craft our clay model village. We’ll encourage children to design beyond the traditional 2-up-2-down and to think about the homes they want to live in as they develop their clay buildings.

16:00 TOUR: An Inn for the 21st Century

Grizedale Arts director Adam Sutherland hosts a tour of The Farmer’s Arms collection. The inn’s exhibitions focus on environmental and rural histories and culture and the legacy and influence of the deeply local on the wider world.

17:30 TEATIME: A cup of tea followed by a brief look at the cultural influence of tea production.

19:30 MUSIC: The Stable Bar Presents: Jack Hartley

Join local folk singer songwriter Jack Hartley in the Stable Bar as he performs a mix of original music and covers. Outside the pub, our campfire will be burning bright & there’ll be pizzas-a-plenty from our wood fired oven designed by Hayatsu Architects and built by architecture students from Central St Martins, London.

Saturday 9th September

10:00 –16:00 WORKSHOP: Drop In Clay Construction For All Ages

10:00 –16:00 WORKSHOPS, DEMOS & STALLS

Specialist drop in workshops and demonstrations in:

  • Clay Animation — Remember Morph? We will be using the same technique to make a short clay animation film, join Abel Holsborough and a cast of thousands
  • Architectural Model — Making a hen house for the pub led by architects Lee Ivetts and Ecaterina Stefanescu
  • Corn Dolly Making — A new take on the traditional corn dolly, harvest celebration
  • Small Scale Pewter Casting Demonstration
  • Pit firing — Bring your pre-fired pots and join in with the firing process with Bruno Schooling
  • Rag Rug Making — Join in making a giant rag rug for the café. Materials are provided, but feel free to bring old materials with you… the more the better!
  • Mosaic Making Demo
  • Throwing — Drop in tuition throughout the day with Francis Lloyd Jones
  • Raku Kiln Firing — Our raku kiln will be cranked up and burning hot so make the most of it and bring your own pots along!
  • Salt Firing Demonstration
  • Smoke Firing Demo — Bring your fired pots along or make some in advance in our workshop
  • Mocha Ware Demo — Try out this traditional pub ware ceramic technique

18:00 TALK: John Bryne, the Professor of Useful Art

A discussion of use and practicality in arts and crafts.

19:30 MUSIC: Technicolor Black Hole

The Stable Bar welcomes back Technicolor Black Hole, a 5-piece heavy rock band from Ulverston with deep driving electric guitar, melodic piano and a dash of youthful angst. There will also be a campfire outside and plenty of wood fired pizzas too!

Sunday 10th September

8:00 WALK: Guided mushroom hunt and breakfast

11:00 TALK: James Beighton of Tees Valley Arts

Joining us from Tees Valley Arts, James Beighton will talk through examples of how historical ceramic practice within his own home town of Middlesbrough supported social change, and in turn, provided inspiration for contemporary social practice amongst artists.

12:30 THE PHOENIX BUFFET

From the ashes of the pit firing rises a lunch spread of ember baked potatoes, veggies and smoked herbs

2:30 FILM SCREENING: In the Future They Ate from the Finest Porcelain

A screening of Larissa Sansour and Søren Lind’s sci-fi short, followed by an informal discussion with the Grizedale Arts team about the future of Social Clay

 

Details

Dates: 08 September 2023 to 10 September 2023

Time: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Price

Free Entry (Workshops are £5 each)

Key information

No need to book. Drop in and join in for as much or as little as you like.

Camping is available at £10 per person — booking advised.

Venue

The Farmer’s Arms, Lowick Green – LA12 8DY

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