On the 17th June we ran a workshop on zoom led by one of the Friends of St Mark’s. There were just 6 places and it was open to anyone to book onto. Three people came along – one from Stoke on Trent, one from Scotland and one from London.
Everyone was interested in the heritage and culture as well as the craft and design. We talked about our ideas for making our own paper cut windows, and we all had a go. People said they learned a lot, it was “relaxing” and they had a chance to know a bit about Stoke area and want to learn more about the Potteries.
You can download a guide to help you make a stained glass window from card and tissue paper – click on the link below.
Episode one puts the big light on this mysterious place where you can be standing in your own front porch museum, while a fire rages somewhere deep underground. With guests Danny Callahan, Artist, Designer and Historian and Gillie Nicholls, Composer, Musician, Potter and Sculptor.
Episode two in the series tells of the small stories in everyday things and the special ways of releasing them. With guests Alan Whiting: Musician and former Pottery Worker sharing his story of Jean Wooten told through a song, and Gabriella Gay: Poet, Teacher, Antique Dealer and member of Kwanzaa Collective UK made up of Artists, Academics and Activists Of Colour.
Episode three in the series ends 2020 with remembrance and reflections, “Plight of the potters” with Phillip Hardaker Sculptor and Public Artist; Jennifer Spice, Poet and Researcher reflects on 2020; and a song for all times with a version of Auld Lang Syne recorded to take a moment to hold dear those who have passed.
Episode four is an interview with Deb McAndrew acclaimed playwright on how the Potteries influenced her work and a retrospective of a past commission by the North Staffs Miners Wives Action group in 2015. It features No Going Back recorded in the early nineties sung by founders of the group, “Coalminers Blues” bluegrass mining song and footage from the Staffordshire Film Archive.
Episode five features Ray Johnson on the creation of the Staffordshire Film Archive and in particular the importance of documenting the city’s mining history from the perspective of those who worked in the industry. With tunes by Chris Bevington Organisation sung and played by Scott Ralph.