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GROUP WORKSHOPS

GREEN WOODWORKING & POTTERY

In addition to our 1-2-1 and pairs workshops held in our Blended Monkey studios in the cottage gardens of our home & business in Upwell, we regularly hold group workshops at the Haddenham Arts Centre, the Farmland Museum & Denny Abbey near Cambridge and also our green woodworking experiences here in the Blended Monkey studios.
 
Read on for information about our 2024 group workshops & see reviews and information about the sessions we've held in 2023.

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GROUP WORKSHOPS 2024

Saturday 10 February

CERAMIC COILING & BOTANICAL VASES

Saturday 6 April

GREEN WOODWORKING

GROUP WORKSHOPS 2024

GROUP WORKSHOPS 2024

Sunday 30 June

CERAMIC TILE MAKING & GLAZING

Sunday 22 September

CERAMIC COILING & BOTANICAL VASES

GREEN WOODWORKING GROUPS

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GREEN WOODWORKING

In addition to offering our award-winning 1-2-1 and pairs green woodworking experiences here in the cottage gardens of our Blended Monkey studios on the Cambridgeshire/Norfolk border, we can take our green woodworking equipment to events, venues and education centres where groups can enjoy the craft. Although best enjoyed outside, perhaps under a tarp or marquee in case it rains, the workshop can also be held in a classroom. See photos at the end of this description. 

We tend to stick to a maximum of 6 people for a group workshop, ensuring that everyone gets the opportunity to learn the three main techniques and equipment for green woodworking.


The student learns how to take a log of green wood and trim it with an axe using safe techniques, they pare it to a smoother cylinder by means of a shave horse and a draw knife in readiness for “turning” on the pole lathe … depending on time constraints and skill level, the student may end up turning their piece into an item of choice (mushroom, garden dibber, rolling pin). However, the focus of a group workshop is to understand the processes involved at each equipment station, so the day may not result in a finished item.

We also offer 2-day workshops for those wanting take things to the next level or to include larger groups.

​The origins of the pole lathe are lost in antiquity, but it is known that Vikings used them as they have been discovered in archaeological finds in York. The ancient craft of pole lathe turning petered out in England after the Second World War.

​Send us an e-mail lovewoodturning@blendedmonkey.co.uk or call us on 07417 522366 for more information or to discuss requirements.

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POTTERY GROUPS

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POTTERY

In addition to offering our award-winning 1-2-1 and pairs pottery experiences here in the cottage gardens of our Blended Monkey studios on the Cambridgeshire/Norfolk border, we can take our ceramics workshops to events, venues and education centres where groups can enjoy the craft.

We tend to stick to a maximum of 12 people for a group workshop. The group workshops predominantly focus on the different hand building techniques of pinching, coiling and slab work, however we can tailor our group workshops to suit your requirements.

One of our popular workshops involves making a large or several small coiled pieces in the morning and then creating large slab-built vessels in the afternoon; often based on different themes depending on the year or totally freestyle. ​

We then take the pieces away to glaze and fire them in colours chosen by the students.

We also offer tile & coaster making sessions where the students can design, create and also glaze their own unique pieces.

The work is then returned a few weeks later once it has been glazed and fired.

​​Send us an e-mail lovepottery@blendedmonkey.co.uk or call us on 01945 772811 for more information or to discuss requirements.

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GROUP WORKSHOPS
2024

GREEN WOODWORKING WORKSHOP

April 2024

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Haddenham Arts Centre

Although we prefer to hold our green woodworking sessions outside, the weather in April is usually less than reliable, so the Haddenham Arts Centre accommodated our green woodworking workshop in the large indoor classroom which is the perfect size.

We had a lovely bunch of students who were all able to try their hand at the various processes and techniques used - including the proper use of an axe, how to trim using a draw knife and shave horse, and ultimately the art of turning on the pole lathe.

The group were greeted with a welcoming croissant, lovely lunch and afternoon cakes & treats provided by the Arts Centre tearoom. 

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REVIEWS

"Thanks for a really great day.  The tuition and hosting was excellent, the equipment very good, and the venue and food was really good as well. Experience exactly as advertised."

Simon

“Just attended the Green Woodworking Session provided by Blended Monkey. If you like any form of crafting, carving or woodwork, this will be fun for you. Everything was provided, including lovely food and drinks. Instruction is simple to follow and can take anyone from no experience to a point where they can make on the day a piece of wood from a log to a useful and beautiful carved item. I made dibbers for planting seeds/bulbs, but there are many options and examples provided for inspiration.

 

Simon and Louise are excellent teachers and lovely people who will make the day fun and informative. Having attended a one to one lathe course with Simon before, I had a little more knowledge than the others in the group, but really I could have never done woodwork before and still it would have been a great day.”

Nick

CREATIVE WITH CLAY WORKSHOP

April 2024

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Haddenham Arts Centre

A really nice bunch of students came to our Creative with Clay Coiling & Botanicals workshop at the Haddenham Arts Centre.

The morning was spent creating pots using the technique of coiling - a really therapeutic and absorbing method for creating beautiful vessels -, and after lunch I taught the group how to make fabulous vases using pressed-in botanical elements, pressing in wooden stamps, applying and using "sprigs", and letting their creative juices run wild!

Simon and I then carefully (despite the Fen roads!) transported all the pieces back to our Blended Monkey studios in Upwell where everything will now dry slowly and thoroughly before undergoing the first "biscuit" firing. I'll then glaze everyone's pieces in the colours they have chosen. All the creations will then be fired in a high-fired glaze firing (1250°C).

In addition to our various 1-2-1 and pairs woodturning & pottery experiences held in our Blended Monkey studios, we have a number of group workshops at the Haddenham Arts Centre and the Farmland Museum & Denny Abbey throughout the year - see above for dates for all our groups workshops in 2024

REVIEWS

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CREATIVE WITH CLAY WORKSHOP

February 2024

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Haddenham Arts Centre

What a lovely, creative group we had for our Creative with Clay Coiling & Botanicals workshop at the Haddenham Arts Centre!

The morning was spent getting to grips with coiling - a wonderfully therapeutic method for creating beautiful vessels - and then, after lunch, I taught the group how to make fabulous vases using pressed-in botanical elements, the application of "sprigs" and their own artistic flair!

The results are simply fabulous!

Simon and I managed to carefully (despite the Fen roads!) transport all the pieces back to our Blended Monkey studios in Upwell.

Everything will now dry slowly and thoroughly before undergoing the first "biscuit" firing. I'll then glaze everyone's pieces in the colours they have chosen. All the creations will then be fired in a high-fired glaze firing (1250°C).

In addition to our various 1-2-1 and pairs woodturning & pottery experiences held in our Blended Monkey studios, we have a number of group workshops at the Haddenham Arts Centre and the Farmland Museum & Denny Abbey throughout the year - see above for dates for all our groups workshops in 2024

REVIEWS

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REVIEWS

"Thank you for such a lovely day yesterday - I was amazed by what we all created at the workshop in just a few hours. The resourses were great and instructions were clear and helpful. Such a lovely group of people to spend a day with! I can't wait to see the finished products, a lovely reminder of such a fantastic day."

Best wishes

Fran

PAST GROUP WORKSHOPS IN 2022 & 2023

GREEN WOODWORKING WORKSHOP

November 2023

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Haddenham Arts Centre in Haddenham

When the weather's cold, the large indoor classroom at the Haddenham Arts Centre is perfect for our group green woodworking workshop.

The guys were able to get a taste for the art of green woodworking - including the proper use of an axe, how to trim using a draw knife and shave horse, and ultimately the art of turning on the pole lathe.

One of our students, Callum, made a lovely Christmas tree as a gift for his son, who's having his 1st Christmas this year - how delightful!


The group were greeted with a welcoming croissant, lovely lunch and afternoon cakes & treats provided by the Arts Centre tearoom. 

We've already booked more dates for 2024 group workshops in this fabulous venue!

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TILE MAKING & GLAZING WORKSHOP

October 2023
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Farmland Museum & Denny Abbey in Waterbeach

Our latest group ceramics workshop was held in October 2023 at the fabulous Farmland Museum & Denny Abbey, a venue we've used many times before, as the bright & spacious education centre there is perfect for our group workshops.

We had a wonderful group of students who fully embraced their creative sides and designed & glazed some beautiful pieces. 

They each had a large trivet tile and also four coaster-sized tiles all ready for them to carve and etch with their chosen designs. The afternoon was spent glazing (colouring) their work ready for me to fire once everything has dried fully.
The shots here show the glazed work before it has been fired and provided with a coat of transparent glossy glaze. 
We'll pop photos up of the results once they emerge from the kiln.

Thank you to the Farmland Museum & Denny Abbey for their ongoing hospitality and lovely venue, and thank you to the students who were all so warm and friendly. 

We'll be holding more ceramics workshops at the Farmland Museum & Denny Abbey in the new year, so watch this space!

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REVIEWS

"Perfect gift for creative people:  a fun workshop that took me back to fond school memories working with clay and painting.

It was nice to find out about new techniques and to be in a class with some very talented people.

The atmosphere was relaxed, supportive and encouraging. 

I enjoyed the background music and chocolate biscuits were top class!" - Alison

CREATIVE WITH CLAY WORKSHOP

April 2023

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Farmland Museum & Denny Abbey in Waterbeach

Our group ceramics workshop held in April 2023 at the fabulous Farmland Museum & Denny Abbey, was great fun.

We had a fab group of students who learnt how to make coiled vessels and 2 large botanical slab vases. 

The Farmland Museum & Denny Abbey is a wonderful venue for our pottery & woodturning workshops. 

We'll be holding more ceramics workshops at the Farmland Museum & Denny Abbey in the new year, so watch this space!

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REVIEWS

"Myself, Sarah and Mark had a great day with you making clay pots. It was a relaxed day with support on hand if needed. It was very enjoyable and would highly recommend this to anyone wanting to unwind and relax and be creative. 
A fab day had by all 3 of us  
Thankyou." - Melanie

GREEN WOODWORKING WORKSHOP

July 2023

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Haddenham Arts Centre in Haddenham

We love the outdoor gazebo space provided by the lovely Haddenham Arts Centre for our July 2023 group green woodworking experience.

The fun group of students really enjoyed learning the art of green woodworking - including the proper use of an axe, how to trim using a draw knife and shave horse, and ultimately the art of turning on the pole lathe.

The Haddenham Arts Centre offers us a great outdoor covered space for these group experiences, and the day included a welcoming croissant, lunch and afternoon cakes & treats provided by the lovely Gemma in the tearoom. 

We held a further workshop in November and we've already booked dates for 2024 group workshops in this fabulous venue!

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REVIEWS

Ben & Rachel
“We both enjoyed our day on Saturday. Really well organised and a lovely venue.”

GREEN WOODWORKING WORKSHOP

April 2023

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Farmland Museum & Denny Abbey in Waterbeach

Our group green woodworking workshop held in April 2023 at the fabulous Farmland Museum & Denny Abbey, was a great success.

The lovely group of students enjoyed taking a log of green wood, trimming it with an axe, learning to use the draw knife on a shave horse to further round the piece, and then taking their cylinder of wood to the pole lathe to create something interesting. 

The Farmland Museum & Denny Abbey offers a great indoor space for this workshop - especially when it's chilly outside. 

We'll be holding more green woodworking workshops at the Farmland Museum & Denny Abbey in 2024, so watch this space!

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GREEN WOODWORKING WORKSHOP

December 2022

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Farmland Museum & Denny Abbey in Waterbeach

This was our first group green woodworking workshop at this venue. The fabulous Farmland Museum & Denny Abbey has since become one of our favourite venues for these events. The Docky Box tearoom is just perfect for snacks and lunch too.

Our lovely group of students learnt how to take a log of green wood and trim it with an axe, use the draw knife on a shave horse to further round the piece, and then take their cylinder of wood to the pole lathe to create something interesting. 

The Farmland Museum & Denny Abbey offers a great indoor space for this workshop - especially in the colder seasons. 

We'll be holding more green woodworking workshops at the Farmland Museum & Denny Abbey in 2024, so watch this space!

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