Clayground at Festival of Making

Clayground-1200x410We’ve teamed up with the festival team and Darwen Terracotta to help bring ‘Clayground’ to this year’s National Festival of Making, 12th and 13th of May.

A tonne of raw Staffordshire modelling clay will be dropped off in Blackburn by the Clayground Collective in a FREE, drop-in event for everyone aged 5 and up.

Come and help us fashion Blackburn’s biggest ever communal sculpture!

Saturday and Sunday 11am-4.30pm, King William Street, Blackburn.

You’ll also be able to check out some of the amazing work of local companies Darwen Terracotta and The Whitebirk Sink Co. showcased at our pop-up shop at 29 Northgate.


When one of the UKs oldest and most highly respected terracotta companies, Shaws of Darwen, closed its architectural division, years of history and heritage was saved by its former employees who set up a new business and re-employed the skilled craftspeople. Darwen Terracotta and Faience now carry on this nationally important heritage tradition, working on restoration and new build projects for some of the most prestigious buildings in the UK, Europe, North America and Canada.


whitebirk sink co

It was right here in Blackburn that the very first traditional fireclay sinks were made, all the way back in the late 1800s. Centuries later, the Whitebirk Sink Co. are proud to be continuing this fine Lancashire tradition with its beautiful range of heritage and modern fireclay sinks, handmade in Blackburn by master craftspeople.

For the full festival programme visit the FoM webiste

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