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Centre has designs on the perfect festive event

By Lincolnshire Echo  |  Posted: December 06, 2012

  • Try it! Visitors will be given the chance to 'have a go' at some very unique workshops and drop-in sessions at a The National Centre for Craft and Design in Sleaford

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Everyone will be given the chance to 'have a go' at some very unique workshops and drop-in sessions at a special Christmas event soon.

A festive day of craft, live music, entertainment, workshops, demonstrations and local food will be held at The National Centre for Craft and Design on Saturday, December 15.

Throughout the day, visitors to gifted.12 will be able to watch artists demonstrating their skills and talk about the techniques and influences on their work.

Learning Manager Helen Fletcher says: "We're really excited that visitors will have the chance to meet such highly skilled designer makers and watch them at work with a range of different mediums."

Each artist will demonstrate the techniques and skills they apply to such areas as sculpture, ceramics, and paper art as well as scent distillation.

Stamford-based sculptor Robert Fogell uses a variety of materials including stone, steel, bronze, ceramic and plaster to create his abstract works, drawing inspiration from the forms and patterns of the natural world.

Nita Nathwani makes ceramic objects and paper clay formations inspired by sea life, sculpted textiles and the built environment.

Vibrant fabrics, embroidery, beadwork and tropical flower garlands form much of her visual background.

The natural spontaneous qualities of the clay are important to Rachel Wood, so that each pot conveys its own spirit and character. The landscape of Derbyshire and Australia are also influential in the colour range.

Lisa Godrich from Leicester creates work intricately with paper, while scent artist Olivia Clemence will celebrate the smells of Christmas. She will be demonstrating the art of scent distillery and creating some wonderfully festive 'scents'. Olivia is a recent graduate who works in London, and visitors can also view more of her work in Class of 2012 currently exhibiting in the Roof Gallery at the venue.

"We hope the demonstrations will inspire people to 'have a go' themselves so we also have two 'Make and Take' workshops and a drop-in session happening throughout the day," says Helen.

"Phiona Richards is a very popular maker with our visitors to the NCCD and she will be guiding people in the art of paper folding whilst Sue Blatherwick will be on hand to help you 'have a go' at ceramics.

"And we are sure all the family will enjoy dropping into NCCD's Learning Zone to decorate ceramic baubles, make quirky paper chains and garlands or simply have fun colouring and drawing."

There's something happening throughout the day at gifted.12 for all the family to enjoy, have a go and learn new creative skills. gifted.12 will take place in and around The National Centre for Craft and Design in Sleaford, within Navigation Yard and Eastgate Green, and will be open from 11am until 7pm. Demonstrations are free, Make and Take workshops cost £2 per person and the drop-in activities in the Learning Zone are free.

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