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Hey Clay! at Home

Unleash your inner potter at home 

Hey Clay! has been one of the biggest (and messiest!) highlights of the Crafts Council’s programme for the last six years.  We decided despite the COVID-19 lockdown, this year would not be any different. With 20 venues and makers rising to the challenge of hosting online events, people across the UK were able to unleash their inner potter from the comfort of their own home.

Each year we are blown away by the endless enthusiasm of Hey Clay! venues who go above and beyond to offer free or low-cost ceramics workshops to the public.

Image: Jon Williams and Sarah Monk from Eastnor Pottery

 In case you missed the festivities, some of the highlights included:

  • An Instagram Live extravaganza led by Belfast School of Art BA Ceramics student Zara McLaughlin, who gave a live slab building demonstration with not one but seven special guests, showing various other techniques.
  • Katie Spragg led a live workshop via Zoom for The Garden Museum’s Clay For Dementia group and their carers.
  • Croydon College delivered clay packs to budding potters in South London followed by an webinar workshop led by Agata Nowak.
  • Woodsetton Pottery held a rather inventive tumble dryer firing, because who needs a kiln anyway?
  • Eastnor Pottery hosted a staggering six live events via Facebook and Instagram, giving us a tour of the studio as well as hand building and throwing demonstrations.

Image: Woodsetton Pottery's inventive tumble dryer firing

As well as these events we’d like to express our thanks to:

Leach Pottery, Tracey Johnston, V21 Pottery, The Arts Centre Pottery, Rachel Dormer Ceramics, British Ceramics Biennial, Lisa Hammond Pottery, Paula Armstrong, Julie Massie, Sunken Studio, Alison Cooke, The Kiln Rooms, Wisbech Museum, Ruthin Craft Centre, Messy Nessy Pottery and Fiona Booy Ceramics.

Click on the image above and swipe through some of your homemakes from Hey Clay!

To discover what people made over the weekend search #HeyClay on social media and if you made something be sure to share it with us via social media or email participation@craftscouncil.org.uk

As part of our initial plans for Hey Clay! 2020, Leach Pottery have awarded 30 venues with a grant to join their nationwide Raku Firing Party. These events are set to take place at a later date, head over to Leach’s website to find out more information and how you can find your nearest Raku Party.


Just because the weekend is over doesn't mean the fun has to be! Roll up your sleeves and carry on making with our tutorials below:

Double Pinch Pot tutorial by Sam Andrew

Dementia Friendly Craft by the Garden Museum

Geometric Ceramic Daisies by Vanessa Cox Pendray / Messy Nessy Pottery 


Make Your Own Materials

No clay? There's a way! Here are best recipes for clay alternatives, from marzipan to salt dough, so you can make (or eat) a pot!

Just-as-good-as-clay Salt Dough Recipe

Homemade Glue

DIY Chalk

Alternative Paints

Our friends at British Ceramics Biennale also have a guide to Clay alternatives over on their website here.

Share Your Homemakes

Share your masterpieces with us by using the following hashtags and we'll do our best to share! 

#HeyClay #GetCreativeAtHome #EverydayMaking