Creating in Camborne

Posted in News by Camborne Town Deal ON 28th June 2022

Camborne Contemporary Crafts Hub (CCCH) is offering more chances to get creative with the launch of new courses.

Run by Create CIC and one of eight Camborne Town Deal projects, the hub started classes in glass, ceramics and jewellery making in the Donald Thomas Centre last year. Thanks to their ongoing success, more options are being introduced this summer that include beginners’ pottery, beginners and returners fused glass and silver clay jewellery making.

In addition to developing opportunities for people who want to try their hand at craft making for the first time, CCCH aims to work in partnership with other creative organisations to become a state-of-the-art community facility and a nationally recognised centre of excellence.

“The Donald Thomas Centre was an underused Grade II listed building that we are planning to transform into a well-equipped resource for both learners and professionals,” said Angela Hatherell, an architectural designer and educationalist who formed the Create community interest company with ceramics and glass artist Jane Smith and occupational therapist Helen Eastham.

“Our business case includes creating a glass studio with a kiln room and a cold working room within it, a mezzanine for jewellers’ workspaces, a new ceramics studio and a gallery for local creatives to display their work.

“We’re really pleased with all that’s been achieved so far with the Accelerated Town Fund and look forward to the Government’s confirmation that we can go ahead with the rest of the work later this year.”

The Government announced £23.7m in Town Deal funding for Camborne in April 2021 – the highest amount in Cornwall. Development work has been going on ever since and further details on the eight shortlisted projects are now being reviewed by Cornwall Council, prior to being sent off to Government for official sign off. 

“These are very exciting times and a lot will be happening in the coming months and years,” said Val Dalley, chair of the Camborne Town Deal board. “I congratulate the Camborne Contemporary Crafts Hub team for their progress to date. The town has always been known for its industrial heritage and it’s lovely to think that it is fast gaining a great reputation in the arts and crafts sector too.”

For more information on CCCH courses, visit the website.

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