Have a go at ‘throwing’ locally dug clay into moulds to make traditional Sussex tiles.

Adele will bring two mobile tile-making benches. She will also provide some pre-made tiles, oxides and clay slips so that you can explore decoration, whether a simple image on a single tile or a pattern that links across more than one tile.

This could be messy, so please bring an apron! Tiles made and decorated in this session can be taken away for drying and firing. They can be collected after four to six weeks either from the museum or from Adele’s workshop near Lewes.

Adele’s official art education ended in 1987 with a BA Hons in Ceramics from Farnham. She was then fortunate enough to find work in Sussex making traditional finials and floor tiles, including the tiles for the Crypt of St Paul’s Cathedral.

It was during this time that she explored working with woodblock printing and really enjoyed the simplicity of the process, instead of a press, using the back of a wooden spoon and a lot of elbow grease!

A few years ago, Adele returned to clay after becoming involved in making the tiles for a friend’s new-build house from the clay dug from the foundations. Since then, she has had small bespoke tiling commissions and run tile making workshops.

Tickets include materials and refreshments.

WorkshopSouth East

Ditchling Museum of Art + Craft

Lodge Hill Lane, Ditchling, East Sussex, BN6 8SP

01273 844744


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We are open every week Thursday - Sunday. We strongly advise booking your tickets in advance.

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