The Buckinghamshire Craft Guild is delighted to be hosting some wonderful hands-on workshops run by our talented members.

'Play with Clay', 'Paper Sculpture' and 'Raising the Surface with Stitch' - full workshop details below.

Workshops are held at Layby Farm, in the old Craft Guild gallery space adjacent to the new Crafty Goat Cafe. There's plenty of free parking in the Goat’s Centre car park and the cafe will be open for drinks, cakes as well as hot and cold lunch options.

Each workshop runs from 10am to 4pm and costs £75.00 per workshop including tea, coffee and biscuits at break times. For some workshops, there may be an additional materials cost.

Both the Buckinghamshire Craft Guild and Obsidian Art Gallery will be open too for you to browse during your breaks.

Please email Nathalie Pymm at  to book your place. Once paid, the workshop cannot be refunded unless someone else is on the waiting list to take your place.

Friday 22 March 'Play with Clay' with Sophie Smith

You will be making a decorative bowl and spoon or creating a low relief tile either by hand- building or using press moulds. Beginners welcome but we will also cover lots of new techniques and useful tips to build on for those with experience.
Sophie will be on hand to demonstrate and show you all how to create your very own pieces of ceramics.
All materials included, just bring yourself, an apron, a packed lunch and be prepared for a day of fun!

Friday 26th April 'Paper Sculpture' with Graham Lester

This course will introduce you to the techniques of sculpting with paper by cutting, folding, scoring and gluing in position. We will be making high-heeled shoes and lilies and perhaps more if we have time. All paper and templates will be provided.
A list of items to bring:
A cutting scalpel (very sharp), a cutting ruler and cutting mat A4, small pair of sharp scissors, a tube of all purpose Bostik or solvent free Bostik.
Hard pencils for tracing template plus putty rubber.
Smooth paper scrolling stick around 3mm and 10 mm in diameter (an artist’s brush will do), scoring instrument (letter opener or like)
Tracing down paper (lightly dusted one sided paper that leaves an impression when traced over)

Friday 17th May 'Raising the Surface with Stitch' with Janet Edmonds 

This workshop explores surface texture using raised stitch techniques.
There are many options from simple couching to more complex stitches that mix whipping, knotting and weaving to achieve the desired effect. Manipulating the background fabric can also be employed to add a raised surface into which further stitching can be worked. Working by hand, we will master a few of these exciting methods to create a rich and textured effect.
All fabric and a selection of embroidery threads will be provided.
A list of items to bring:
A simple sewing kit to include a variety of needle sizes, small pair of scissors, any embroidery threads you may have. If you have a favourite piece of fabric that you wish to use, please bring it along.