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Jesmonite Candlestick Making Workshop with artist/designer Phil Cuttance

Free Jes­monite cast­ing work­shops with artist/​designer Phil Cut­tance who will show you how to cast your own candlestick

Free Jesmonite casting workshops to be held at 11am & 2.30pm on the 9th and 10th October. To book your place visit

A 1.5-hour workshop ( approx.) in which participants make a unique candlestick from a water-based, non-toxic casting material called Jesmonite, with Phil in the Home From Home pavilion. Each participant has the opportunity to conceive and cast their own truly unique candleholder which they will take home at the end.

Workshop details:
> Participants will sit at a table in the 'Home from Home' pavilion, where they will have set up in front of them a pre-made mould and the casting materials and pigments required.
> Then a brief intro from Phil about his work and commission to create artworks for Ladden Garden and then a brief explanation of the Celestine mining history of Yate.
> Next, Phil will demonstrate the casting process; the mixing of the material and adding of colours, and pouring the material into the mould.
> We'll then leave our candleholders to set in their moulds for 20 mins approx and refreshments will be provided.
> Finally we'll de-mould our candlesticks, sand and wax any rough edges before participants take them home.

Dates: Saturday 9th October and Sunday 10th October ( the Pavilion has a roof so we will proceed rain or shine! )

Session times: Book into ONE of the following sessions below:
Sat 9th > 11am to 12.30pm
Sat 9th > 2.30pm to 4pm
Sun 10th > 11am to 12.30pm
Sun 10th > 2.30pm to 4pm

Age range: 8 yrs + recommended and all kids must be accompanied by an adult.

Numbers: Max 8 participants per workshop.

Skills and safety:
No previous craft or art experience is necessary. Every step in the process is safe and demonstrated beforehand. All materials and processes used in the workshop are safe, and the materials used are non-toxic and VOC free. Aprons and gloves will be provided.

Also Note:
> Biscuits, water and squash will be provided.
> In the event we have to postpone the workshops due to Covid restrictions, you will remain booked in and we'll have the workshops at a later date.
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