Workshop #4: PORTRAIT OF THE MILL

Thanks for agreeing to participate! For this activity, we invite you to CREATE A CLAY PORTRAIT OF YOURSELF, organised by David Partington, a potter based at Islington Mill. Scroll down for a video and instructions… Before starting, you need to make slip (clay glue): Take a small lump of clay from the block and allow it…

Clay from the courtyard

I’m throwing new clay work to bring together the different elements of this commission and I’m using some wonderful raw clay from the mill’s foundations. During the mill’s renovation works, the courtyard foundations have been exposed, revealing this rich material, waiting to be creatively explored. You can see the freshly dug raw clay on the…

Workshop #3: SOAKING UP TIME

Thanks for agreeing to participate! For this activity, we invite you to PRESERVE FOLIAGE IN PORCELAIN, organised by David Partington, a potter based at Islington Mill. See the instructions below.  Please dip these leaves into this porcelain slip (liquid clay) to preserve them. This foliage is from the courtyard at Islington Mill and will be forever…

Workshop #2: LITTLE MILLS

Please look at Islington Mill and create your own work of art made out of clay!  Islington Mill was built in 1823 for cotton spinning. Cotton spinning is a huge part of the history of Salford and Manchester. The reason being was the damp atmosphere. In order to work cotton has to be damp while…

Workshop #1: CLAY COBBLES

Please capture your memories and experiences of Islington Mill: When did you first visit Islington Mill?—How did you feel?— What did you do there?—Can you remember what the area was like?— Were there any significant events that happened there?—What was your daily routine?—How do you feel about the mill now? INSTRUCTIONS Take a small piece…