Carrick citizens urged to get crafty

ART enthusiasts in Carrick will be getting creative this summer at weekend workshops with women who craft.

Girvan Pottery at 18 Hamilton Street will host a series of two-day courses tackling a variety of materials, including clay, fabric, glass, stone, and wool.

Organised by Winifred Wright of The Wave Craft Gallery at 4 Knockcushan Street, Girvan - and led by experienced local crafters - attendees will be guided through the process of creating an artwork in their chosen medium and (hopefully) end up with a unique piece to take home and treasure.

The series of informal classes coincides with The Wave’s Creative Carrick exhibition, which celebrates the work of local artists and craftworkers and will run throughout July and August.

“IThe workshops are good fun, very therapeutic, and it’s nice to have a bit of time to yourself and create a wonderful masterpiece to take home with you,” said Winifred.

At this weekend’s workshop (July 14-15) recycling enthusiast and local felt artist Liz Gaffney will offer an insight into a combination of disciplines which Winifred says will appeal to crafters from fabric enthusiasts to card-makers.

Subjects for the coming weekends include glass – under the direction of stained glass artist Sue Wilkinson – on July 21-22, and a beginners’ course in soapstone with theclockwork.co.uk’s Simone Whiteford on July 28-29.

Winifred will herself be leading two weeks’ of clay – August 5 and 6 concentrating on garden ornaments and sculptures and August 11 and 12 tiles and panels – followed by ‘woolly ways’, involving knitting and crochet, which will conclude the programme on August 18-19.

Each two-day workshop costs £50 with a £10 deposit required, and all materials, tuition, (and lunch!) are included. Spaces are still available for this weekend’s workshop.

Booking is essential, and can be made by contacting Winifred Wright at The Wave Craft Gallery, Girvan on 01465 712897, or e-mailing girvangallery@yahoo.co.uk