Masterclass: Create garden cane toppers with Clare Farley of Pinfold Pottery
Participants will get “hands-on” instruction on how to shape and form a hollow ball in clay, about the size of a Tennis ball, and then decorate it with their own design to make a garden cane topper. The toppers will then be fired and glazed by Clare with a selection of her own glazes at her Pottery. They can then be collected or returned. In addition to their functional use, the (frost-proof) Cane Toppers will make a beautiful sculptural addition to any border.
Clare Farley owns and runs Pinfold Pottery, based near Penrith. She makes beautiful planters and sculpture for home and garden settings. Clare has exhibited widely in 2016, including, amongst other events, the prestigious Hampton Court and Tatton Park RHS garden shows and Potfest at Penrith and Scone Palace near Perth.
My maiden name was “Potter”, and I seem to have been making things from clay ever since I was a small child. Largely self-taught, the stoneware hedgehogs came first – from small babies of a couple of centimetres to giants of two feet – I am a keen gardener and wanted to create outdoor planters and sculpture that showed off my plants at their best, complimenting rather than overpowering their beauty. I dig some of my clay from nearby Berrier and use local wood ash in my glazes. I love to connect my work to Cumbria and its landscapes, crafting and capturing something simple and honest that can be used and appreciated. All my work is fired to 1260c or above, so they can safely stay outside all year round. Clare Farley
This workshop is part of the Cumbria Life Home and Garden Show 2017, which is in partnership with Buzy Lizzie Garden Design and Whitemore and Thwaytes Interior Design. Over 80 carefully selected exhibitors covering all aspects of home and garden design or a new construction project as well as free talks and demonstrations throughout both days from leading regional experts.