National Trust Formby - meeting at St Lukes Church, Formby, L37 2DF

Date: 31st August

Time: 10am - 12pm


Outdoor Porcelain Workshop  for Adults

As part of our Gems in the Dune project join us and our community artist Sian Hughes for this Outdoor Porcelain Workshop for Adults.

We will be using porcelain paper clay to capture impressions of plants and objects found in the landscape environment  where the ‘Gems of the Dunes’ are located in partnership with National Trust Formby. We will be guided by the Gems in the Dunes experts on what plants we can use and they will also give us detailed information of the ecology of the dunes and the endangered ‘Gems’ that are at risk.

We will also be recording the time, place and names of the collections – in this way you will have recorded botanical specimens ‘in the field’ in a fragile medium that also reflects  the ecology.   I will fire the clay to create translucent porcelain pieces for you.

We will bring boards, rolling pins, clay and cutters, paper for recording and boxes to store. Please bring pen / pencil and a bag to carry the rolling pin and box.

This art activity is outside, so please check the weather and dress appropriately, we will be walking around the dunes. You may want to bring a water bottle and something to sit on.

Artwork will be kept after this workshop for a local exhibition and will then be available to pick up from the Ainsdale Discovery Centre – dates TBC.

Itinerary -  timings approximate.

10.00 –  Meeting Point – St Lukes Church, Formby.  Walk to the Dunes.

10.15 – 10.30  Demonstrate how to roll the clay and make the impressions. Ranger assists with plant collection information

10.30  – 11.45  Group collects materials, makes their porcelain pieces, and personal notes.

11.45 - 12pm  We re-group for feedback, each person selecting a piece to be fired, then handing over their collection boxes to Sian.


Location: National Trust Formby. Meeting Point – St  Lukes Church, Formby, L37 2DF.

There is parking on the roads by St Lukes Church alternatively please use public transport.


This workshop is free and places are limited  - please book via: email – Gems-in-the-Dunes@arc-trust.org or telephone: 01704 571575


This project is part of the Back from the Brink, a nationwide project saving England’s most endangered species from extinction and funded by The Heritage Lottery Funding. For more information visit https://naturebftb.co.uk/