Manchester Folk Festival 2019: Ceramic mug & tile workshop with Catherine Ball

Make your own porcelain mug and matching tile coaster in this workshop with Cumbria-based ceramicist Catherine Ball.  A special mug is an everyday pleasure – you will produce artwork that’s not just beautiful but practical – something that you’ll love putting to good use.

Catherine specialised in ceramics and embroidery in her Contemporary Applied Arts degree and in her own business – Stitched Ceramics – she now combines the two disciplines of stitch and clay.

If you’ve ever been put off trying ceramics by the need to master a pottery wheel, fear not. This is a relaxed workshop, in which you’ll use Catherine’s current favourite technique – hand building, using slabs of hand-rolled clay and imprinting techniques. The workshop is aimed at complete beginners, but more experienced potters wanting to try a new technique are welcome too, and will enjoy learning something new.

All materials are provided. At the end of the workshop, you’ll choose your glaze, and your work will be taken back to the maker’s home studio in the small village of Thursby, near Carlisle, where it will be expertly glazed and carefully fired, then returned to Manchester for you to collect.

This event is part of Manchester Folk Festival – an urban folk festival. It takes place from 15-20 October 2019, in and around HOME and the city centre. Over the autumn weekend, they present an exhilarating range of events, with the spotlight on contemporary and traditional English folk music.


  • £37
  • Recommended age 16+
  • Hosted at the Learning Studios at Manchester Art Gallery