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Northern Clay Room – Dye Garden Community Workshop

Saturday 6 August 2 pm - 4 pm The Shieldfield Centre

Make ceramic talismans in the Northern Clay Room to be donated to our Dye Garden as part of our summer exhibition, Habit, Ability!

Saturday 6 August

2 pm – 4 pm 

Meet in NewBridge Books, Ground Floor, The Shieldfield Centre

Booking essential – maximum of 10 people

At Northern Clay Room, learn new handbuilding ceramic techniques in this class – perfect for beginners and those with some clay making experience. All clay and glaze is included. Using stoneware or earthenware clay you roll out the clay and will create ceramic talismans and guardians for the plants in The NewBridge Dye Garden, you will be given instruction on how to work the clay carefully to avoid cracks during the firings.

At the start of the session, the ceramic teacher will show you the steps for handbuilding your pieces and show how you can make them unique and individual to your making style. You will be shown how to add different textures if you so chose or how to create a smoothed finish.

Northern Clay Room will glaze the pieces and they’ll be ready after a few weeks.

The NewBridge Dye Garden is project centres practice of Degrowth, respecting slow, natural processes of growth and care, in line with For Solidarity current themes. It is part of our summer exhibition, Habit, Ability!, and is cared for by volunteers. There are a range of plants which have been planted since February by Katie Pollard and other NewBridge studio members which  will be used to extract dyes from and they all need pots as they grow!

Come along to the Shieldfield Centre and you will be directed straight to the Northern Clay Room.

About Habit, Ability!

Habit, Ability! is an exhibition with events exploring ways to learn from and ‘be in’ nature. Come to The Newbridge Project, Shieldfield, Newcastle to see survival strategies found in landscapes that are considered uninhabitable by humans.

Seeing survival in these places through long and continuous engagement is a strategy against the common attitude to conquer and extract from nature.

Habit, Ability! begins by looking at Intertidal mud flats, peat bogs, the arctic circle, and the ocean. For humans, encountering these landscapes is challenging. Some of these places are protected by legislation – prohibiting or limiting human access for their preservation, or they are protected areas of scientific study.

The exhibition then turns to look at NewBridge and its new home in Shieldfield, Newcastle, having moved in 2021. Works in the exhibition assess NewBridge and its the environmental impact of the organisation on its surrounding spaces and at large.

For the full programme and more information on the exhibition, visit the exhibition page.


The NewBridge Project
Shieldfield Centre
4-8 Clarence Walk (off Stoddart Street)
Newcastle upon Tyne

The NewBridge Project is accessible. You can find out more here, or feel free to contact us prior to visiting if you require additional information regarding access and facilities.

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