There are of course many other methods in which one can indulge in making something out of nothing. How about a spot of pottery? York provides amply for this, with some splendid potters teaching and selling their wares and expertise.
Bish Bash Pot on Walmgate welcomes children with a softplay area and invites adults to their glass courses. The main attraction for all though is the pottery wheel, where you can make like you’re in Ghost, or at least mould a bowl.
Out in the village of Bugthorpe, Make ’n’ Take Ceramics are a friendly studio offering their years of experience to beginners at sessions, events and parties for a fun and inclusive time. And on Spalding Moor, a dedicated ceramic artist and tutor passes on his skills to inspire others at The Potter Man Studios.
Once created, the pots can be painted, and back in the city centre Rainbow Ceramics offers just this service in a fun and relaxing environment. For some more intimate painting and niche creating, The Miniature Scene of York is a stall at Shambles Market that is what its name says, providing an array of goodies for miniature enthusiasts to build their own little world.
Monk Bar Model Shop and P&S Models are two permanent York fixtures that also offer hobbyists the facilities to make and paint on their chosen scale. A professional artist provides a different paint service on Fossgate, at What Jo Did Next. Her Rogue Atelier Art Studio homes her own artwork, whilst hosting classes in art, craft, interior and upholstery from a creative mind and skilled hand.
Whether taken up as a relaxing pastime or learnt as a new skill, there are many more options. The world of rubber stamping, for example, is vaster than you may imagine, as proved at Make Your Mark Stamps, where you can gain an insight into this form. Elsewhere, you can reacquaint with traditional artisan production of so much satisfying hands-on craft activity. One set up that promotes many doing these things and provides beyond its own four walls is Fabrication.
This can be described in various ways due to their several strands; a social enterprise, a retail store, a craft workshop, an exhibition space, an event organiser, a small business supporter, a designer….. Fabrication is all these things, stocking and exhibiting local makers and encouraging all to get creative. Whilst primarily based in Leeds, they popped up in York for 3 months last Winter and would be a welcome return to the city.
On the last Sunday of every month, a collective of York’s makers are brought together at Shambles Makers Market, which is a lovely way to peruse and purchase these unique products. Most of the above offer their specific skills for a wide-ranging audience, from children’s education and adult learning to fun activities and hen parties.
Nobody is too young or too old, too stuck in their ways or too stuck in technology to join in. So, why don’t you switch off your television set and go out and do something less boring instead?