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Brutal Textures: Sculptural Ceramic Course

Make a ceramic sculpture of your choice inspired by the Brutalist Architecture of the Barbican. Artist Matt Raw leads this unique, month–long course, specially put together for Make! The New Brutal

Let inspiration take hold as you learn about the processes and techniques, experimenting and playing with a number of different styles. Your finishes pieces will be displayed in the Barbican Shop as part of London Crafts Week.

This brand new course kicks off with an Architecture Tour (included), where you can find inspiration in the many surfaces and textures of the Barbican Centre and estate. You'll spend the next three weeks developing your ideas across a collection of hand-rolled 'slabs' of clay; drying them, firing them and glazing them.

The course will take place in a pop-up workshop in the Barbican Shop, with one class in Matt's studio in Hoxton, East London, where you will glaze your pieces. The collection of finished pieces will be displayed in the Barbican Shop, with an opening on Wednesday 8 May, as part of London Craft Week.

  • Choose from Course A (Saturdays) or Course B (Sundays): Saturday mornings beginning on the 2nd March and Sunday mornings beginning on the 3rd March. Workshops taking place in the Barbican include a free hot drink from our café.
  • All materials are provided
  • No experience required
  • Course consists of four workshops which run throughout March and an exhibition as part of London Craft Week which takes place in May. Please note that particpants will not be able to bring home their finished pieces until then.
  • Each workshop lasts 3 hours, running from 11am–2pm
  • Maximum capacity: 10
  • You will be using wet clay, so please dress accordingly
  • This workshop has an age restriction of 16+. Participants below the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult

Course dates

Course A:

  • Sat 2 Mar, Barbican Shop
  • Sat 9 Mar, Barbican Shop
  • Sat 16 Mar, Barbican Shop
  • Sat 30 Mar, Matt's Hoxton studio
  • Wed 8 May, London Crafts Week Exhibition

Course  B:

  • Sun 3 Mar, Barbican Shop
  • Sun 10 Mar, Barbican Shop
  • Sun17 Mar, Barbican Shop
  • Sun 31 Mar, Matt's Hoxton studio
  • Wed 8 May, London Crafts Week Exhibition

Event starts
Saturday 2 March, 2019
Event Ends
Sunday 31 March, 2019
Barbican Shop
Venue Address
Silk Street

London, London

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