One for the weekend: Hey Clay!

Image: Crafts Council online

Image: Crafts Council online

People across the country are getting creative with clay this December, with the Crafts Council’s Hey Clay! – a national celebration of pottery in the light of the BBC’s Great Pottery Throw Down. Below, Ceramic Review outlines the best ceramics events to attend this weekend;

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Hey Clay! – running in line with the BBC‘s Get Creative campaign – sets out to give the nation a chance to unleash their inner potter. From 4-6 December, studios, workshops, galleries and colleges UK-wide will host free events where anyone can roll up their sleeves and try their hand at pottery.

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The judges from The Great Pottery Throw Down, Kate Malone and Keith Brymer Jones, will open their studios this weekend, running workshops and giving attendees the chance to see their ceramics up close, having caught glimpses on-screen.

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Image: Crafts Council online

Image: Crafts Council online

At Baltic Clay in Liverpool there is a chance to learn how to decorate clay tiles with Chris Turrell-Watts and Alice Odgers, while The Kiln Rooms in Peckham are making and decorating ceramic tiles with London Clay Club, which will later be installed at a new community garden project in Elephant and Castle.

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In Stoke-on-Trent, home of The Great Pottery Throw Down, learn how to make a coil-built pot at Potclayswith 3D Design graduate Tasmin Williams. Also in Stoke, ceramist Nigel Matthews from the Throw Down will be guiding groups of the public to glaze and raku fire their own pots with the British Ceramics Biennial at the old Spode factory.

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At Farnham Pottery, West Street Potters and 318 Ceramics welcome all ages to take part in a clay stomp and totem build.

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Image: Crafts Council online – work by Claire Loder

Join ceramic artist Claire Loder at her studio between Bristol and Bath to experiment with slab-building, coiling and making a face in clay.

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Leeds College of Art graduate and Throw Down contestant Sandra Whyles is hosting a full weekend of throwing and glazing at East Street Arts in Leeds.

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Image: Crafts Council online

Image: Crafts Council online

In Belfast? Throw a pot or make a Christmas decoration with ceramist Jemma Millen at Space CRAFT this Saturday.

The Leach Pottery in St Ives, Cornwall, is running workshops this Friday and Saturday, where participants can be part of creating a community of clay people who will wave up the country to Northlight Studios in Hebden Bridge via Skype.

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Image: Crafts Council online

Images: courtesy Craft & Design Collective, Simon Mills photography

Pinch some pots at Fired Thoughts Arts Studio in Wiltshire, throw, build and paint a plate at Carmel’s Pottery in Somerset, or help to make a festive clay tree with Duncan Hooson at Central Saint Martins, London.

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Find your nearest Hey Clay! venue at craftscouncil.org.uk/what-we-do/hey-clay and enjoy films, photographs and stories over on the event’s Tumblr page. Look out for our Hey Clay! highlights over on Twitter throughout this weekend – let us know yours, too.