Make It Harewood: Our new event partnership with Harewood House in Yorkshire

Make It Harewood: Our new event partnership with Harewood House in Yorkshire

We are delighted to announce a new series of Hole & Corner curated workshops at Harewood House as part of their current exhibition ‘Useful/Beautiful: Why Craft Matters’.

The event will take place in and around the estate Courtyard on Saturday 6th and Sunday 7th July, featuring a full programme of workshops and demonstrations, DJs and live music, a craft market, plus local food
and drinks.



Whether it be throwing pottery, carving spoons, natural dying or sculpting with paper, visitors will have the opportunity to get hands on and learn from some of the leading talents in their respective fields. As well as a range of intimate workshops for smaller groups, we will have drop-in sessions and beginners activities for all the family, including three model making sessions each day with Jim Parkyn from the world-famous Aardman Studio.

Each day will include a blacksmithing competition to see who can make the best nail, as well as a series of free Do Nothing Machine workshops, allowing everyone to simply play and have fun.

To complete the festival like atmosphere, we’ll be soundtracking the day from start to finish, with extended opening hours on Saturday night as we host our live act alongside a selection of DJs.

Our full programme of workshops are now live on the Harewood House website, with a large amount of workshop spaces available to pre-purchase.

Please note you must have purchased an entry ticket to attend these workshops.

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



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-bystep 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.

Saturday: 11:30-12:30/13:30-14:30/15:30-16.30
Sunday: 11:30-12:30/13:30-14:30/15:30-16.30

Book here



Create a piece of paper sculpture with Wakefield based paper artist and illustrator Andy Singleton. Exploring the natural world through the intricate practice of paper cutting and paper sculpture Andy creates remarkable pieces of paper-based art and large scale paper installations.

During each workshops, participants will learn how to manipulate various weights of paper stock to create three dimensional forms. You will be able to choose from a range of coloured papers and card that you will transform into a piece of sculpture to take home.

Saturday: 11:00-12:30/13:30-15:00/16:00-17.30

Book here



Learn the secrets of the natural dyeing process with London-based interdisciplinary designer and maker Lola Lely. During each workshop participants will be shown how to create concentrated dyes from the domestic and natural world and to make their own dye-bundle to use at home.

You will be able to choose from a range of ingredients and colours, dyeing a supplied piece of cloth that can be taken home and used for a variety of functions.

Saturday: 11:00-12:30/13:30-15:00/16:00-17.30
Sunday: 11:00-12:30/13:30-15:00/16:00-17.30

Book here



Using traditional techniques, Yorkshire-based textile artist and educator Claire Wellesley Smith explores the relationships between craft, social history and the natural environment. Workshop participants will learn a variety of slow-stitching techniques with an emphasis on issues connected to sustainability and well-being.

Saturday: 11:00-13:30/14:30-17:00

Book here



Inspired by the beautiful handcrafted knives created by Leszek for the Useful/Beautiful exhibition, you will have the chance to learn basic blacksmithing techniques, taught by Leszek himself. Within this three hour workshop, you can make your own bottle opener, key leaf chain or Viking style utility knife.

This is a hands on workshop which takes place outdoors, so please wear appropriate clothing, and clothes that you don’t mind getting dirty.

Saturday: 10:30-13:00/15:30-18:00
Sunday: 10:30-13:00/15:30-18:00

Book here



Learn and experience the art of throwing clay using a pottery wheel, working directly with Sunken Studio and Sheffield-based potters Catherine and Matt West of Pottery West.

Leeds local, Sunken Studio are pottery workshop veterans, with a passion for sharing knowledge and skills they regularly host events in their city centre studio. Pottery West work predominantly on bespoke projects for restaurants and interior schemes this workshop offers a rare opportunity to learn from this skilled duo.

Saturday: 14:30-16:00/16:30-18:00

Book here – Sunken Studio

Sunday: 14:00–15:30/16:30-18:00

Book here – Pottery West



Martin Smith and Jim Bond returns to Harewood House with an exciting new community project specially commissioned for the ‘Make It’ festival. With the help of Make It festival visitors of all ages he will create a large Do Nothing Machine over the course of the weekend.

Saturday & Sunday: All Day



Join Reiko Kaneko to learn the art of Kintsugi, the traditional Japanese method of repairing broken pottery with powdered gold. After studying design at Central Saint Martins Reiko Kaneko was captivated by the history and technique used in the production of fine bone china, it wasn’t long before she had become entirely devoted to the medium.

Workshop participants will learn how to fuse ceramic fragments together with gold and create their own unique piece of reclaimed ceramic art to take home with them.

Sunday: 11:00-13:00/15:00 – 17:00

Book here



Leeds local, Sunken Studio are pottery workshop veterans, with a passion for sharing knowledge and skills they regularly host events in their city centre studio. We are delighted that they are travelling a little further afield to join us at Harewood House this July for a series of introductory pottery workshops.

Participants will learn the basics of clay manipulation and shape making, applying their newly learned skills to create unique objects that will be added to a large collaborative sculpture being built over the course of the weekend.

Saturday: 11:00-12:00/13:00-14:00
Sunday: 11:00-12:00/13:00-14:00

Book here



Anna has been involved in craft all her life, growing up as the daughter of two potters and with a master woodcarver grandfather. She carves beautiful and functional spoons and scoops from timber sourced sustainably from her native Gloucestershire. “Like my parents, I take great delight in making beautiful objects that people love and use every day.”

Each workshop will last three 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.

Saturday: 10:30-1:30 / 14:00-17:00
Sunday: 10:30-1:30 / 14:00-17:00

Book here



We look forward to seeing you at Harewood House!




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