Hole & Corner x Port Eliot Festival 2019 - Full workshop programme

Hole & Corner x Port Eliot Festival 2019 - Full workshop programme

We return to Port Eliot this July to present ‘Create Connect Craft’ in partnership with Princess Yachts – a whole area dedicated to workshops, creativity, learning and good times!

Our full programme of workshops are now live on the Port Eliot website, with a large amount of workshop spaces available to pre-purchase – although please note you must have purchased a festival ticket to attend these workshops.

If you are attending the festival this year, you can book your workshop space by clicking here.

Having originally joined the festival in 2015, this year will mark our fourth instalment at Port Eliot and we believe is set to be the best yet, with a full programme of workshops, talks, installations, demonstrations, live bands and DJs; all running from morning to night each day. As part of our area, we also have our own bar, sound system and a cafe from the brilliant Yallah Coffee Roasters.

We’re proud to announce that Princess Yachts are our confirmed partner at Port Eliot Festival this year.

Based just 4 miles – as the crow flies – from the Port Eliot estate, we’re thrilled to have Princess Yachts onboard as our sole sponsorship partner at this year’s festival.

With a rich heritage in craftsmanship to the highest possible quality, Princess are also one of UK’s biggest employers for skilled workers, providing jobs over 800 people across their boat building sites in the South West. It’s for all of these reasons, and indeed their ongoing support of Hole & Corner over the years, that we saw them as a perfect partner for Port Eliot.

Please see below for profiles on all the makers we’ll be collaborating with for our workshop programme:



2 Hungry Bakers

Learn how to carve a wooden spoon with Adamina and Adrian, founders of 2 Hungry Bakers, a food inspired ceramics and woodcraft design studio.

Championing a mixture of traditional and modern techniques, 2 Hungry Bakers produce all their work by hand, creating a range of everyday tableware and objects that are both beautiful and functional.

During each workshops, participants will learn which tools to use and how to handle the knives in a safe and effective way. You will be able to choose from a range of seasoned wood blanks to transform into a spoon to take home – and instantly become your favourite tool for eating!

Saturday: 14:00-17:00
Sunday: 11:00-14:00




Aardman Studio

Aardman, the award-winning studio behind much loved characters such as Wallace & Gromit and Shaun The Sheep, will offer three one hour model-making workshops each day on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

Seen as a national treasure by many, Aardman Studio have been based in Bristol for 30 years, championing and perfecting the art of stop-motion clay animation techniques. Their unique combination of comedy, storytelling and technical excellence has created some of the finest animated films of all time.

Suitable for all the family, all workshop participants will follow Aardman’s expert model maker Will Harding through a step-by-step demonstration as you craft your very own model of one there studio’s world famous characters. Will has worked on every major feature for Aardman since 2003, including the Shaun The Sheep and Early Man movies.

Friday: 10:30-11:30, 13:00-14:00, 15:30-16:30
Saturday: 11:30-12:30, 14:00-15:00, 16:30-17:30
Sunday: 10:30-11:30, 13:00-14:00, 15:30-16:30




Alex Pole

Discover the many techniques of blacksmithing from the talented Somerset-based Alex Pole.

An advocate of both traditional and modern methods, Alex Pole produces all his work by hand at The Forge, now dedicating his focus to Forge Kitchenware which he supplies to a number of top restaurants and chefs. Alongside this he maintains a hugely popular workshop programme, with his aim to promote British blacksmithing by making it accessible and affordable to the general public.

You can work directly with Alex Pole at Port Eliot to experience a taster blacksmithing session, learning how to work steel at different temperatures using a hammer and an anvil to create your very own bottle opener.

Friday: 10:00-11:00, 14:00-15:00, 16:00-17:00
Saturday: 10:00-11:00, 14:00-15:00, 16:00-17:00
Sunday: 10:00-11:00, 14:00-15:00




Bill Amberg

Make your very own personalised leather sunglasses case with the Bill Amberg Studio team during a two hour workshop.

Bill Amberg is ‘one of the most important and exciting people working in British craft today’ according to Faye Toogood. Having found a connection with leather making as a child, Bill has been working with his favourite material for 35 years and is now regarded as a global authority on architectural leatherwork. His work has also been accepted into the permanent collection of London’s V&A and New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Working with the Bill Amberg Studio team, you will learn the fundamental skills and techniques of leather making, including how to shape and personalise your creation.

Saturday: 15:00-17:00
Sunday: 12:00-14:00




Eleanor Bolton

Learn to create rope jewellery with the acclaimed British designer and textile artist Eleanor Bolton.

Eleanor trained at the Royal College of Art and is known for her unique craft technique of coiling and hand stitching cotton rope to create sculptural yet lightweight tactile jewellery. Eleanor’s bold use of colour and innovative textile techniques combine to create statement tribal and nautical inspired pieces.

Each participant will be guided through making a ‘half-hitch’ rope necklace in a personal choice of colour, to enjoy a fun introduction to rope jewellery making – perfect for anyone who fancies having a go with lots of help on hand.

Friday: 12:00-13:00
Saturday: 10:00-11:00




ERA Skateboards

Would you like to craft your very own west coast 1960’s inspired skateboard deck? ERA Skateboards are here for you.

Lead by the vision of Barny Cooke and the craft of Andy Bagley, UK-based ERA Skateboards design and refine handmade cruiser boards of the highest calibre: combining years of experience, beautiful oak wood and an understanding of what makes an awesome ride!

For their workshop, they will provide the opportunity for attendees to create a vintage-style skateboard deck from a raw state, cutting the shape and working step-by-step to refine it into something incredibly cool.

ERA will be able to provide Tracker Classic-FulTrack trucks and Kryptonics Star Trac wheels at an additional cost to complete your setup.

Friday: 16:00-18:00
Saturday: 12:00-14:00




Francli Craftwear

Francli Craftwear will provide a range of practical and sustainable workshops at Port Eliot this year, from making aprons and lanyards to up-cycled phone case holders…

With everything made in Britain, the Francli studio proudly makes craft and outdoor goods for people with purpose. By collecting pre and post consumer waste fabrics and re-purposing them into their designs, they aim to stop functional materials from heading to landfill and instead give them a new life.

Participants will work directly with Francli co-founder Ali Goodman to learn the processes of material preparation; pattern cutting; stitching and sewing; all the way through to the finishing touches, so that you can take your creation away to use and enjoy forever more…

Lanyard workshop – Friday: 09:30-11:30
Apron workshop – Friday: 14:00-18:00, Sunday: 10:00-14:00
Phone case workshop – Saturday: 10:30-13:30




Harry Samuel

Turn off your phone, relax and carve a spoon with the acclaimed South-West based woodworker Harry Samuel.

A full-time traditional woodworker, Harry manages woodland to supply the raw materials for his work crafting treen, making greenwood furniture and building timber frames. He trained with Barnaby Carder and continues to work with The Green Wood Guild in Bristol.

Harry has a passion for working with people of all ages, gender and ability; encouraging people that working with your hands is an empowering process that helps connect you to your environment.

Each workshop will last two hours and enable participants to start carving and shaping with a pre-axed blank, which will culminate in everyone taking away a spoon to enjoy for life.

Friday: 14:00-17:00
Saturday: 10:30-13:30




House of Quinn

Work directly with House of Quinn to create your own design, learning both traditional and contemporary techniques used for quilting…

Born and bred in Cornwall, but now based in Sussex, Julius Arthur launched the design studio House of Quinn in 2016 as a platform to produce unique handmade quilts and soft furnishings: simple luxuries for everyday life.

Having already exhibited for The New Craftsmen and London Design Fair, House of Quinn is currently included in TOAST’s ‘New Makers’ programme – a select small group of exciting talent at the beginning of their journey.

Working within a small group, the extended workshop will guide each attendee through the process of quilting, with everyone creating their own miniature version to take away and enjoy – as well as being armed with the knowledge to create your own bigger quilt in the future. The finished item can be turned into a placemat, wall hanging or pot holder.

Friday: 14:00-18:00
Saturday: 10:00-14:00




Jane Ponsford

Get hands-on and learn the ancient skill of paper making from artist and papermaker Jane Ponsford.

Paper making by hand is now an endangered craft within Britain, with Jane amongst a select few artists that continue to work with the traditional methods. A member of IAPMA (International Association of Paper Makers and Artists), her work is exhibited nationally and she teaches throughout the year to connect students and enthusiasts with a craft that is as much about form as it is about beauty.

The workshops will enable participants to learn the method of paper making with a ‘mold and deckle’ whilst also encouraging experimentation and creativity to create unique and personal works.

Friday: 10:00-12:00
Saturday: 10:00-12:00
Sunday: 10:00-12:00




Joanne Kernan

Harness the power of the sun and discover cyanotype photography by documenting flora and beyond with Joanne Kernan.

Joanne is the founder of London-based luxury stationery studio Pompadour Press. Inspired by the works of Victorian botanist and photographer Anna Atkins, Joanne creates artworks using the cyanotype photography process, originally discovered by the scientist Sir John Herschel in 1842 as a means to reproduce diagrams. It creates a cyan blue silhouette when an object is placed on a reactive surface and develops in sunlight – a blueprint.

Each workshop will provide participants with a background in the history of the process, a demonstration in the steps to creating a cyanotype print, and then enable guests to get hands on and create their own personal works to keep and enjoy.

Friday: 12:30-14:30
Saturday: 12:30-14:30





Discover the art of the silk screen by creating your very own limited edition print or t-shirt, with specially created imagery from artists including Rose Blake and Crispin Finn…

Make-Ready is a specialist screen-printing studio based in North London co-run by Tom Murphy and Hugh Barrell, who regularly work with a host of clients including Pentagram, Hauser & Wirth, Google Creative Lab, It’s Nice That, The Barbican and The Conran Shop.

Using their mobile printing presses, Tom and Hugh will guide attendees through the steps of screen printing during multiple workshops across the weekend.

We’re delighted to have confirmed the very talented Crispin Finn and Rose Blake to collaborate and provide exclusive artwork for these workshops.

Friday: 12:30-13:30, 14:00-15:00, 15:30-16:30, 17:00-18:00
Saturday: 14:00-15:00, 15:30-16:30, 17:00-18:00
Sunday: 13:00-14:00, 14:30-15:30, 16:00-17:00






Maria Sigma

Work directly with Maria Sigma during an extended workshop to learn frame loom-weaving using high quality and sustainable natural fibres.

Maria Sigma | Woven Textiles is an award-winning textile brand specialising in ‘zero waste’ ethical hand-woven textiles for interiors and clothing. Working in small groups, the loom-weaving workshops are for people who want to learn new skills whilst being able to enjoy some personal time, it is as meditative and relaxing as it is focussed and creative.

As part of the offer, each participant will be given their own small wooden frame loom and weaving tools to use during the workshop. These tools can then be taken away at the end of the session to allow you to continue weaving and developing your creation in your own free time.

Friday: 09:30-12:30
Saturday: 14:30-17:30




Merchant & Mills

Work and learn directly with the talented Merchant & Mills team to make ‘The Costmonger’ – an essential market tote designed as a backpack.

Merchant & Mills began in 2010 with the aim of bringing style and purpose to the overlooked world of sewing and making. They create dressmaking patterns and supply curated fabrics alongside sewing tools to encourage the creation of a desirable and functional wardrobe. Self-made garments are elevated as a counterpoint to the increasingly indistinguishable options of the High Street.

Working with expert makers, sewing machines and premium materials; this is a special opportunity to create a bag for life.

Friday: 10:45-12:45
Saturday: 11:00-13:00, 15:00-17:00
Sunday: 15:00-17:00




Sally Walton

Don’t hide your mending – make it beautiful and wear it with pride! Let maker and mender Sally Walton teach you how to celebrate and personalise your worn items.

A lifelong creative and writer, with dozens of books to her name on art, craft and design, Sally Walton is a person you can learn a thing or two from. A champion of making sustainability and eco-living beautiful, her vintage fabric bag company Carry-A-Bag was ahead of the curve to encourage shoppers to ditch using plastic. Now she’s focussing her skills on darning knitwear and stitching and patching denim, breathing new life into old favourites by making them proudly original.

Bring along a ripped pair of jeans or a moth-eaten cashmere jumper and Sally will empower you with the skills and confidence to not just repair them, but turn them into focal points for all the right reasons.

Friday: 13:30-15:30
Sunday: 09:30-11:30
Sunday: 14:45-16:45




Yo Thom

Learn and experience the art of throwing clay using a pottery wheel, working directly with some of our favourite ceramicists.

We will be running a full programme of pottery workshops, with regular daily sessions running across the weekend. A selection of different artists and makers will be leading the groups, with the Japanese potter Yo Thom already confirmed as one of our partners.

Born in Tokyo, Yo studied in the UK and became an apprentice of renowned British potter Lisa Hammond before establishing her own studio in 2004, making functional stoneware influenced by both Japan and British origins.

Friday: 09:30-10:30, 11:15-12:15, 13:30-14:30, 15:15-16:15, 17:00-18:00
Saturday: 09:30-10:30, 11:15-12:15, 13:30-14:30, 15:15-16:15, 17:00-18:00
Sunday: 09:30-10:30, 11:15-12:15, 13:30-14:30, 15:15-16:15



Please look our for further announcements coming soon on further partnerships and collaborations we’ll be bringing to Port Eliot Festival this year…

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