2024 Festival Dates: 6 & 7 July

Clayful: National Festival of Making + Hollie Cooper Pottery Workshop

26th January 2023

Join artist Hollie Cooper in a two-part pottery workshop. Working with clay you will learn the hand-building process of ‘drape-forming’ to create your very own bespoke ceramic plate.


The ‘Clayful’ workshops will introduce you to working with clay and allow you to explore the possibility of the material in a creative and supportive environment. You will learn the hand-building process of ‘drape-forming’ to create your very own bespoke ceramic plate. 

In workshop one, Hollie will demonstrate how to make your plate and support you in making your own creation. You will then make your plate uniquely yours by adding patterns or stamp lettering. You are also welcome to bring any of your own texture stamps or even flowers to press into the clay. 

In workshop two, you will be invited to glaze your piece choosing from a range of colours. Once your design is complete your plate will be fired by Hollie. You will then have the option of collecting your finished piece later at an arranged time and date.

Practical Bits

  • These workshops are open to ages 16 and over
  • The cost is £10.00 total to take part in both workshops
  • Limited availability with 12 places
  • Light refreshments will be provided, please let us know in advance of the workshop if you have any food allergies.
  • All materials and aprons will be provided. If you would like to bring any extra texture stamps or even flowers to press into the clay then please feel free to do so.
  • These workshops will last approximately 2 hours.
  • They will take place on the ground floor of Blackburn Museum & Art Gallery. There is ramp access to the building.



These sessions have been partially subsidised with the support of our funders to provide this opportunity.

Photographs will be taken during the course of the workshop and may be shared online, in print material and to promote National Festival of Making and/or Hollie Cooper’s work in the future. Please let us know before the session if you would not like to be included in any photography.


Workshop Dates

Tuesday 21st February

Tuesday 28th February

 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Blackburn Museum & Art Gallery.

To take part in this event you must attend both workshops.

If you have purchased a ticket and are no longer able to attend one or both of the workshops, please request a refund so that the ticket may be available for someone else.


Hollie Cooper is a ceramicist and designer-maker based in Lancashire, UK. She makes colourful, functional homeware that serves a purpose whilst spreading joy! After graduating in 2019, Hollie set up her studio with the intention of offering Clayful pottery workshops alongside creating her own ceramic pieces.

Learn more about Hollie Cooper

Photography Credits: Ema Crompton and Jessica Howell.



2019 Trusts & Foundations

The National Festival Of Making Delivery Team

National Festival of Making is supported by the Arts Council England, Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council, Brian Mercer Trust and Foundations and Partners. This project is part-funded by the UK government through the UK Shared Prosperity Fund.

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