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Try it at ARC: Make Your Own Clay Green Men
Sheila Plews has been teaching ceramics for over 30 years and now, due to the success of The Great British Pottery Throw-Down, we’re bringing her over from her studio in Darlington to teach a ceramics workshop here at ARC.
In the workshop, you’ll work towards creating a Green Man. You’ll learn how to use the basic tools and will be armed with the basic skills to take up ceramics at home and create your very own masterpiece.
A Green Man is a sculpture, or other representation of a face surrounded by or made from leaves. Branches or vines may sprout from the mouth, nose or ears!
The prelude to John Matthews 'The Quest for the Green Man” reads: “The Green Man is a wondrous and mysterious being who wears many disguises—vegetative, animal, human, and superhuman. For the preliterate world he embodied the unfolding cycle of greenness and growth… upon which all life depended… of a mythic hero who transcends death…' death and rebirth being central to so many religions.
This workshop will be messy – so we recommended wearing old clothes and a washable apron! All materials are included!
Sheila is a ceramicist teacher at Risedale Sports & Community College as well as leading her own classes at The Bridge in Darlington. She was part of a huge project that saw Risedale College’s courtyard filled with a sea of red poppies in aid of the Royal British Legion in 2015, Yorkshire’s answer to the Royal British Legion.