Craft Academy Full Day Workshop – Bespoke ceramic dog and cat sculptures with Ros Ingram

Bespoke ceramic dog and cat sculptures – Thurs 31st Oct 2024 – 9:30am

This class offers a unique opportunity to create an individual piece of clay art, capturing the essence of your very own beloved pet, or favourite breed of dog or cat.

During this full-day workshop you will have quality time to enjoy modelling with the professional support of Ros to achieve your goal, using high quality materials and fail safe techniques.

Under Ros’ guidance you will:

  • Learn about different clay types.
  • Create a sculpture of your pet approximately 20cm tall.
  • Use tools to add textures and make marks.
  • Decorate your pet with ceramic slips and stains.
  • Obtain lots of individual help, with the opportunity to ask all your questions.
  • Have your finished piece fired at Ros’s studio and posted back to you, within 30 days.

IMPORTANT NOTE: You must bring photographs of your chosen pet to the class, in a seated position from all angles. These can either be printed photos or digital ones on your phone or tablet.

This workshop will take place at our 31st October – 3rd November Birmingham NEC show which includes access to: The Creative Craft Show, Sewing for Pleasure Winter Edition and Simply Christmas!

Full day Academy Workshops include:

  • Lunch and refreshments throughout day.
  • All materials, equipment, firing and postage costs.
  • Complementary ticket to visit the main show on another day.  

Important Note:

This class is suitable for beginners over the age of 16.

Meet the Tutor

Ros Ingram

Born in Stratford upon Avon, Ros Ingram trained in ceramics and print at Wolverhampton University. Ros runs ceramic workshops on a regular basis in Warwickshire. She has exhibited worldwide, currently showing at a number of galleries in the Cotswolds, Cornwall, and Germany. As well as undertaking commissions, Ros also works as a visiting artist in residence creating permanent ceramic installations and recycled art projects. One of her projects working with young children was on display at the National Gallery, London. Recently The Shakespeare Birthplace Trust commissioned Ros to create five unique ceramic murals of each iconic property for permanent display in her hometown.

Craft Academy Full Day Workshop – Festive Willow Reindeer with Rachel Harwood

Willow Weaving – Sunday 3rd Nov 2024 – 9:30am

Join Rachel on a fabulous full day Willow Weaving workshop and learn how to sculpt your very own 4ft reindeer ready to take home and decorate for the festive season.

The day is broken down into segments to make it fun and achievable and everything you need is included.

An apron is provided, but we suggest that may want to wear old clothes too.

This workshop will take place at our 31st October – 3rd November Birmingham NEC show which includes access to: The Creative Craft Show, Sewing for Pleasure Winter Edition and Simply Christmas plus sister shows Cake International and Bake International

Under Rachel’s guidance you will:

  • Learn how to build a large body framework.
  • Try out a variety of weaving techniques.
  • Gain in-depth knowledge of how Willow sculptures are created.
  • Find all about the lifecycle and processing of willow.
  • Gain advice on aftercare.
  • Obtain lots of individual help, with the opportunity to ask all your questions.
  • Learn all about the tools and how you can progress your weaving skills at home.

Full day Academy Workshops include:

  • Lunch and refreshments throughout day.
  • All materials and equipment required.
  • Complementary ticket to visit the main show on another day.  

Important Note:

This class is suitable for beginners over the age of 16, but a degree of hand strength is needed.

Meet the Tutor

Rachel Harwood

Drawing on her experiences of wildlife and nature, Rachel uses British grown willow from Somerset to create sculptures for the home and garden. Connecting with the natural environment is her passion and she tries to capture the movement of nature in her sculptures. Rachel loves to teach, passing on her practices and inspiring people on the use and beauty of natural materials to reconnect with the natural world.

Craft Academy Full Day Workshop – Gemstone Set Garden Ring with Tracey Spurgin

Gemstone Set Garden Ring – Friday 1st Nov 2024 – 9:30am

Join Silver Clay Master Artist and Tutor, Tracey Spurgin, as she guides you through the fabulous techniques of creating fine silver jewellery.

In this brand new full-day workshop you will create a beautiful and elegant gemstone set garden ring. While this day is aimed at beginners, it will also appeal to those seeking to elevate their basic silver clay skills to new heights. The only thing participants should remember to bring is reading glasses (if they use them) or an Optivisor for close detailed work; a notebook and pen is also useful.

This workshop will take place at our 31st October – 3rd November Birmingham NEC show which includes access to: The Creative Craft Show, Sewing for Pleasure Winter Edition and Simply Christmas plus sister shows Cake International and Bake International

Under Tracey’s guidance you will:

  • Measure your finger to calculate and account for shrinkage of the metal clay during firing
  • Add textures
  • Form a flat band ring on a ring mandrel
  • Pre-fire refinement
  • Set fireable gemstones
  • Make additional leaf embellishments
  • Learn firing methods and procedures
  • Polishing and finishing techniques

Full day Academy Workshops include:

  • Lunch and refreshments throughout day.
  • All materials and equipment required.
  • Complementary ticket to visit the main show on another day. 

Advisory Note:

Suitable for ages 16+.

Meet the Tutor

Tracey Spurgin

Tracey Spurgin is a qualified Senior Art Clay instructor having completed courses with Artclay World UK. She has trained to the highest level with some of the world’s leading metal clay artists & tutors. With more than 20 years’ experience, Tracey teaches in her own studio in East Yorkshire as well as travelling extensively in the UK and internationally to deliver courses, workshops and master classes in colleges, museums, galleries and shops. She has also been a guest designer on Jewellery Maker TV.

Tracey loves to challenge herself and work on projects that she considers to be almost engineering in clay. Hinges and lockets and threaded vessels are something that fascinates her. So she will spend days, weeks and months on troubleshooting problems and ideas until she finds a solution. She is passionate about sharing her discoveries and the joy of metal clay.

Craft Academy Half Day Workshop – Simple Paper Flowers with Paula Milner

Paper Floristry – Saturday 2nd Nov 2024 – 1:30pm

This half-day paper floristry Masterclass is inspired by Paula’s new book ‘Simple Paper Flowers’ (published Sept 2024). You will learn a variety of techniques to create beautiful paper blooms, from tiny daisies to blowsy peonies – floral creations for whatever your occasion!

This workshop will take place at our 31st October – 3rd November Birmingham NEC show which includes access to: The Creative Craft Show, Sewing for Pleasure Winter Edition and Simply Christmas plus sister shows Cake International and Bake International

Under Paula’s guidance you will cover:

  • Paper types and materials used to construct a variety of paper flowers.
  • The papercrafting techniques used throughout the book.
  • Time for you to create your own flowers using the techniques demonstrated and used throughout the ‘Simple Paper Flowers’ book. You can work at your own pace and make as many flowers as you would like as time allows.

Demonstrations will include:

  • Using basic paper and card to create a Daisy (and how to adapt this for a Gerbera and tiny daisies)
  • Using floristry crepe paper to mould and create a Rose (and how this can be adapted this for a Peony and other flowers)
  • How to utilise the grain of the florist crepe for texture and make a Clematis flower (and how to adapt this for a Lily, Leaves or Poinsettia)
  • How to incorporate different centres (such as a felt ball) to make an Anemone (and how to adapt this for a Poppy)
  • How quickly and simply you can create foliage (leaf and grass styles) in both card and crepe to add variety and texture to your creations.
  • Going beyond the book – changing scale, thinking about colour varieties
  • Displaying your floral creations – how to adapt and create smaller blooms into a buttonhole, and larger ones into a posy or bouquet.
  • Creative ideas for using your flowers.
  • Paula will also happily give guidance on recommended suppliers for materials.

Half day Academy Workshops include:

Cake and refreshments, all equipment and materials including: card, papers, crepe, wires, glue, and any other consumables.

On the day, each attendee will also have the opportunity to receive a signed copy of Simple Paper Flowers (published Sept 2024) for a show special price of just £10! (Normal retail value £16.99)*

Additional signed copies of the book will also be available on the day, at the full price of £16.99.

Academy workshop tickets also include a Complementary ticket to visit the main show on the same day. 

*Show book offer to attendees of this The Crafty Lass Half Day Masterclass only and limited to one copy per person.

Important Note:

This class is suitable for beginners over the age of 16.

Meet the Tutor

Paula Milner

Paula Milner is a crafter, designer, author, tutor, sewist and illustrator.

In 2015, Paula established ‘The Crafty Lass’ with the aim to inspire adults to get creative in their busy lives. Paula has worked with some of the biggest names across the craft industry including as a Kirstie Allsopp ‘Expert’, Hobbycraft, The WI, and her nature inspired fabric ranges with Craft Cotton Co can be found in shops across the UK. Most recently, she has released a collection of hand carved woodblock designs with The Indian Block Print Co and is now an author with GMC Publications Ltd.

Paula is a Brand Ambassador for Brother Sewing Machines, part of the Cricut Crew and a Cricut Contributing Artist. The Crafty Lass has won a Theo Paphitis SBS award, had various national press, magazine and radio features, and briefly appeared on Channel 4’s Kirstie: Keep Crafting and Carry On.

The BEST range of printing and cutting tools with GM Crafts

The largest range of sublimation and digital cutters under one roof. Plus check out heat transfer and self adhesive vinyl’s and so much more!

GM Crafts stock brands including:

Sizzix

Brother Scan N Cut

Silhouette

Loklik

X Tool

Lego

Cricut

Colop

Sawgrass

Get your fabric projects all sewn up!

We have everything you need to create and complete the sewing project of your dreams! Check out our amazing fabric suppliers, as well as accessories and haberdashery supplies for those finishing touches!

Exhibitors include:

Allison`s Craft Emporium

Beckys Sewing Studio

Bombay Stores Fabrics

Fabrics Galore

J P Crafts

Lady McElroy Fabrics

Leicestershire Craft Centre

Lili Fabrics (UK) Ltd

Oh Sew Good Fabrics

Patch Fabrics

Shute Lane Fabric

Siesta Frames

Thimble Wood

Fantastic Ribbons

Minions of Craft

Tee Pee Crafts

Ravensburger UK Ltd

Many more to be announced!

Papercrafting at your fingertips

Indulge in a stunning showcase of exhibitors, each bringing their own flair and expertise to a diverse range of hobbies, including paper crafts, mixed media, scrapbooking, card making and so much more. From cutting-edge card-making supplies to the latest crafting innovations, here’s a sneak peek at some of the names poised to ignite your creativity:

1craft1.com

Blendypens/Wee Jaggy Plate

Card-io

Carls Craft Cabin

Craft Habitat

A Crafty Place

Crafty Products

Every Crafts a Bargain

GM Crafts Ltd

Highlight Crafts

Hixxysoft

Hot Shot Craft

Jellybeancrafts

JJD Cards

Ross Paper

Sweet Poppy Stencils

Caroles Craft

Decopatch.co.uk

GlitzCraft

Janies Originals

LoveKnott Creations

Silvar Design

The Stamp Hut

The Wooden Shape Company

Artmaster Ltd

Gadsbys of Leicester

Jackmans Art Materials

Pebeo/Artys

Pentel (Stationery) Ltd

POSCA

Ravensburger UK Ltd

The Craft Light Company

Plus more to be announced!


See the full exhibitor list for more!

Learn how to WOW with our Demonstrators

We are excited to bring you a HUGE variety of demonstrators to our NEC show. You’ll find them all marked up on our exhibitor map (available closer to the show date), simply head over to their stand and pick up all the newest tips, tricks and hacks. Be sure to ask those burning questions too, and even put products to the test before you buy.

NEC demonstrators include:

Cardio

Glitzcraft

JJD crafts

Everycrafts a pound

Crafty Products

Sweet poppy stencils

The Art of crafts

Holly Berkley Jewellery

Claudia Hahn

Marbling 4 fun

Fantastic ribbons

Coates art

A crafty place

GM Crafts

Highlight crafts