Portland Works – Open Day Workshops – 30th Oct
Portland Works is one of Sheffield’s most iconic Victorian buildings. Built in 1879, the engine room of Sheffield’s industrial revolution has diversified substantially over the last century. The birthplace of stainless steel is now home to 23 makers specialising in contemporary and traditional manufacturing. Come an sample a variety of workshops and talk to the makers.
On the 30th of October some of the makers will be throwing open their doors and inviting you inside for a variety of unique workshops.
Below is a list of activites:
Stuart Mitchell Knives – Talk and Workshop
A unique opportunity to sit around Stuart Mitchell’s workbench (that was his fathers) to listen to him and his guests discuss, anything, from …
Me, and how I am still using that bench…
Them, if they want…
How designs become knives…
How my knives are designed, and then what…
Portland Works, I know quite a bit…
Andy Cole Tools – Historic forge workshop and talk
The workshop will include a tour of the forge where stainless steel was originally produced, the opportunity to see items being forged and a chance to hear about the history of Portland Works and my own experiences of working here over the past 40 years.
Locksley Distilling – Tasting & Workshop
Gin masterclass: to include tasting & cocktail demonstrations. Locksley Distilling Co. Ltd. is an alcoholic beverage development company with a focus on the production and retail of distilled spirits, formed by Sheffield born, John Cherry. He has worked in the wine & spirits industry for the past two decades, split between hospitality trade in France and the retail sector in New York. He moved back to Sheffield with his family at the start of 2013 after his wife (who’s a New Yorker) persuaded him to pursue his dream of setting up an English distillery.
Bailey of Sheffield – Crowdfunding Workshop
Crowd-funding – a talk on how we set-up and ran our CABLE™ bracelet campaign in April. Top tips on how to build a successful campaign. What to do, what not to do + Q&A session. This is not jewellery specific, all the facts and info we give can be transferred to any Kickstarter campaign. Workshop run by Scott Bailey founder of Bailey of Sheffield.
Tietzsch – How to build and maintain a guitar
Every guitar needs to be properly set-up and maintained to play at it’s best. My Design Week workshop will be a guide to electric guitar set-up.This will include truss rod adjustment, setting the string action, setting intonation, and stringing a guitar properly.
I will also give a small tour of my very small workshop and be answering questions about my practice.
Hopefully people will come away with an understanding of what it takes to build a guitar and the new ability to maintain an instrument themselves.
Mary Sewell – Mark making techniques & the machine
My workshop will include a short tour of my studio where participants will get the opportunity to look at my work and ask any questions. This will be followed by a hands on workshop exploring “The Machine” through mark making techniques using paint, ink and wax. We will work together as a group on a large scale and from this each participant will develop a piece and take home their individual concertina book.
It will be a opportunity for participants to express themselves creatively in a relaxed and supportive environment.
Make the perfect gift for Christmas.
Find out more about Mary and the workshop here including interview
Information about Portland Works:
Portland Works, a red brick grade II* listed factory, is one of Sheffield’s most iconic Victorian buildings. Built in 1879, the engine room of Sheffield’s industrial revolution has diversified substantially over the last century. The birthplace of stainless steel is now home to 23 makers specialising in contemporary and traditional manufacturing. Product versatility extends from custom made knives to sipping gins. Items produced today at Portland Works play a role in a myriad of daily activities from keeping coats off of the floor at Arbourthorne Primary School to serving cream cakes at the Savoy, Britain’s first luxury hotel.
Two world wars later and Portland Works has seen better days, despite the odds being stacked against renovation and rebirth, the site of significant historical importance was saved in 2013 by over 500 community shareholders. The once neglected building is now in a state of continued renovation, steadily transforming a romantic ruin into affordable and retrofitted workshops fit for future generations of Sheffield makers.
Find out more information www.portlandworks.co.uk
Georgina Barrett – Manager
0114 275 9354