Craven Dunnill Jackfield also runs an award-winning educational programme, hosting workshops for around 7,500 children each year in traditional ceramic decoration and manufacturing. Each workshop is adapted for the needs of students, providing a programme for all ages and abilities. Various courses include tubelining, slip casting, freeform and encaustic tile making and are taylored to cover areas of curriculum such as science, maths, design and technology, history, geography, business, literacy and citizenship.
Our workshops embrace both the fantastic history of our extraordinary site, the energy and enthusiasm of a modern commercial tile manufacturer passionate about the retention of traditional processes and the continuing advancement of technology.
These workshops are available on selected dates throughtout the year, and are open to the whole family. All ages are welcome to come and join in at having a go at decorating their own tile using the tubelining technique.
There are designs available for you to trace but it is often more interesting for students to design their own having taken inspiration from the Museum’s galleries. We have a design sheet that you can download below that is great for drafting out your ideas before you visit.
It is always wise to come early as it is an extremely popular activity and is run on a first come first served basis.
The Tile Decorating Workshops are suitable for children of all ages and no prior skills are required. Students will produce their own tile using the tubelining technique which was popular in the Art Nouveau period. Tiles can be made individually or working in groups to create panels.
You can book a group workshop up to a year in advance. Workshops last around one and a half hours. Maximum size group is 30 students. However, we are able to offer the option of split groups should your class be in excess of our maximum.
Early booking is recommended. Workshop cost is £8.50 Inc Vat per student and £17.50 postage if required.