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Wednesday 19 June 2024

12:00pm - 15:00pm

STEAMhouse, Belmont Works, Cardigan St, Birmingham B4 7RQ

We’ll be using Art-Day clay to create some unique and personalised items for you to take away after the session.

Join us for our Lunch & Learn to Unleash Your Inner Sculptor: An Air-Dry Clay Workshop

This workshop invites you to explore the world of clay and pottery and unleash your creativity over lunch! We’ll be using air-drying clay, a beginner-friendly material that allows you to create unique and personalized pieces without the need for a kiln.

What to expect:

• Introduction to air-drying clay: Your experienced instructor Rachel Akers will start by explaining the properties of air-drying clay, its different types, and basic handling techniques. You’ll get comfortable kneading, rolling, and shaping the clay.

• Project inspiration: Our pottery instructor will present various project ideas, ranging from simple ornaments and bowls to more intricate sculptures and figures. Choose a project that resonates with you or come prepared with your own ideas!

• Step-by-step guidance: The instructor will demonstrate essential techniques like pinching, coiling, smoothing, and adding texture. They’ll provide personalized guidance and support throughout the workshop, ensuring you feel confident in your creations.

• Hands-on creation: Dive into the creative process and pottery! With all the tools and materials provided, you’ll bring your chosen project to life. Feel free to experiment, explore different techniques, and let your imagination run wild.

• Finishing touches: Learn how to smooth imperfections, add details, and personalize your creations. We’ll explore various finishing options like painting, sanding, and varnishing (depending on the project).

• Sharing and celebrating: Take a moment to showcase your finished masterpieces! We’ll celebrate everyone’s creativity and share tips and tricks for future clay adventures.

What you’ll gain:

New skills: Learn the basics of working with air-drying clay and discover various techniques for shaping and decorating.

Creative expression: Unleash your creativity and explore your artistic potential in a supportive and encouraging environment.

Relaxation and enjoyment: De-stress and have fun while creating unique and personalised pieces to take home.

Sense of accomplishment: Experience the satisfaction of completing your own clay project and seeing your vision come to life.

Additional information: This workshop is suitable for beginners and anyone interested in exploring clay as a creative medium. All materials, including air-drying clay, tools, and finishing supplies, will be provided. Wear comfortable clothing that you don’t mind getting slightly dirty (don’t worry clay washes off you)!

About the Facilitator

Rachel Akers

Rachel Akers, an award-winning artist and the founder of Akers of Art. She specialises in creating bespoke art installations for businesses that aim to transform spaces into a visual spectacle and boost the mood of your staff or clients. She also runs art workshops in clay, jewellery making, lino printing, mosaics along with many more. She believes that art has the power to transform and connect people. That’s why she offers bespoke art for the work place and team-building experiences that incorporate art.

Imagine having a wall or space in your business that represents your brand and creates an impact on your customers. Her range of skills in wire sculptural installations and large wall murals can make it happen. She offers free consultation where she take the time to understand your vision and collaborate with you to create a custom art piece that reflects your brand identity and values. Let’s bring some art to your business and make your space unforgettable!

She is passionate about sharing her artistic skills and knowledge with others so she teach workshops in various art forms such as clay and lino printing, to give your staff the opportunity to try something new and unwind or find a new hobby. If you are a business or charity looking to create a unique experience for your team, Akers of Art is the perfect partner.



STEAMhouse Forward is fully-funded by the UK government through the UKSPF (UK Shared Prosperity Fund) supporting Birmingham & Solihull businesses to innovate, collaborate and grow.  The UK Shared Prosperity Fund is a central pillar of the UK government’s Levelling Up agenda and provides £2.6 billion of funding for local initiatives by March 2025. The Fund aims to improve pride in place and increase life chances across the UK investing in communities and place, supporting local business, and people and skills. For more information, visit Application forms are now open to all Birmingham and Solihull businesses to innovation, collaborate and grow via this link


Birmingham City University’s (BCU) STEAMhouse also proudly offers funded memberships to local digital SMEs through the Barclays Eagle Labs Ecosystem Partnership Programme called Digital Direction. This collaboration aims to fuel growth and innovation within the region for digital industry by providing exclusive access to resources, events, and mentoring opportunities.

Successful applicants gain entry to STEAMhouse’s Digital Labs, equipped with cutting-edge technology and business and industry mentors to facilitate hands-on experimentation and skill development. Supported by Barclays Eagle Labs, the Digital Direction initiative fosters a collaborative environment, driving digital innovation and creating valuable opportunities for local entrepreneurs and graduates. Find out about applying for Digital Direction via this link