Grimsby School of Art gets creative for Christmas

Staff and students at Grimsby School of Art held a special programme of events for Christmas that included a Christmas Craft Fayre and ceramic and jewellery making workshops tying in with Crafts Council’s Hey Clay! and BBC’s Get Creative campaigns.

Grimsby School of Art opened its doors in November 2014 with an ethos of inspiring creative careers. The doors were opened to the public who were invited take part in the free workshops that saw them creating their own Christmas decorations using clay that has been kindly donated by Valentine Clay with tools donated by Potterycrafts.

Hey Clay! is a national celebration of clay, giving everyone the chance to unleash their inner potter. As part of the Get Creative campaign and to coincide with the Great Pottery Throw Down on BBC Two everyone across the UK has been inspired to get creative with clay.

Pam Withers, Ceramics Tutor at the Grimsby Institute, said: “The day was a fab success, with about sixty people visiting both our Ceramics and Jewellery workshops. The feedback has been great and everyone enjoyed trying new things.

“The atmosphere in Grimsby School of Art was brilliant, our degree students even helped out and they were fab. The Crafts Council and BBC Get Creative retweeted many of our posts and we were mentioned specifically in all the Crafts Council’s Hey Clay! stories. Well done gang; what a great day!”

As part of the event there was also a Christmas Craft Fayre in aid of St Andrew’s Hospice. The Fayre saw a host of creative attractions including stalls for ceramics, jewellery, Christmas cards, one-off prints, posters and crocheted gifts.

For more information about Ceramic or Jewellery-Making classes at the Grimsby Institute please contact Pam Withers by email to