The Project Group offers a range of workshops available to all members of the public. We aim to work towards social inclusion and are interested in making our public workshops and facilities available to a wider cross-section of the community. We have so far mainly concentrated on fused glass courses, but are hoping to expand our course programme in the near future.
Please contact us if you are interested in attending such courses.
Recycle in Style
The Project Group was commissioned by SCRL (Shropshire Community Recycling Ltd) to run a series of craft workshops to introduce the idea of using waste products to create small items.
The sessions were held over October and November. They were free to participants, up to 10 per session, on a first come basis, and ran from 10.00am to 3.00pm. Each session worked with different materials in each venue:
- Festival Drayton Centre, Market Drayton, making decorative small boxes
- Craven Arms Community Centre, bags from rubber tyres
- The Project Group studio, Oswestry, using recycled glass
- Wem Town Hall, using old and broken zips to make jewellry
Working with recycled materials has an experimental element to it, and therefore the results are not always completely finished products. The process of learning to work with these materials, and the introduction of the idea of using waste materials, is seen as the most important part of the workshops. Participants hopefully gained the confidence to experiment with new materials and the creativity to source interesting, non-conventional materials.
The group who attended Craven Arms Community Centre all managed to produce splendid rubber bags, each one unique to its maker.
The recycled glass workshop used smashed glass from different coloured bottles, no glass cutting was needed. The participants were shown how to make 2 pieces; a dish from layering glass pieces into moulds, and a glass panel made from a window pane size piece of old glass with small pieces of coloured glass layed on top to make a decorative design. The group were extremely positive and pleased with their results. Comments received back from the workshop were that this was a really enjoyable session made more interesting by the brief history of the use of recycled glass and examples of other work.