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WORKSHOP : August 23, 2014 — August 24, 2014.

Collaborate workshop with Joe Hartley & Jessica Swallow

Join Makers Dozen members Joe Hartley and Jessica Swallow for this hands-on workshop exploring the marriage of opposing and challenging materials.

Through a set brief and set targets throughout the day, and a strict “no glue allowed” rule, Joe and Jessica will present a range of challenging (and potentially clashing) materials. The workshop will be an opportunity to experiment and produce objects through unusual ways of making.

In this exciting hands-on workshop, Joe and Jess will encourage you to think laterally through making, and through experimenting with raw materials coupled with ready-made objects. Jess and Joe both use ‘disparate’ materials and ready-mades in when designing and making, so this workshop will give you a real insight into how they work.

The quality of materials often dictates their design decisions, in particular when considering how materials can be attached to other objects. Joe and Jess want to challenge your preconceptions and you’ll leave this workshop with a new perspective on craft and design.


Please note that this is not a ceramic workshop – but during the day you will work in clay. This is through circumstance, rather than choice, and as a solution (or to create) a component. Other materials we will work with in this fascinating way are hardwoods, plastics, glass, cloths and many many more wonderful inspiring materials.


At the end of the day the participants can expect too take home a selection of curious objects made from a selection of materials. The ceramic parts will have to be fired so can be collected at a later date.


See you there!

Please note: lunch is included… and will form part of the workshop. Please email Kaylee ( with any dietry requirements. Workshop takes place at:

– Manchester Craft & Design Centre, 17 Oak Street, Northern Quarter, Manchester, M4 5JD.

– Saturday 23 August 2014, 10-4pm

– £45 per person (£40 concessions*) 

*Concession tickets are available for students, senior citizens, those with disabilities and the unemployed. Please bring proof or ID along with you to the workshop.

You can buy your tickets here. 

For any more information, please email or call us on 0161 832 4274.

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