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Led by ceramicist Ruth Gibson and poet Jean Atkin, Impressions of the Past offers free workshops in clay and poetry about the Iron Age landscape, and focusing on local landmarks such as the impressive hillforts of Pontesford and Earl’s Hill.

Jean and Ruth will lead active, practical workshops which will take place both outdoors and under cover, inspiring everyone to respond to these remarkable places and their long human histories.

Our workshops will be taking place from mid-January to early March 2017 and following these we will be holding a celebration event in early April.

Ruth is an award-winning ceramic artist and sculptor and has successfully completed a variety of public art commissions throughout Shropshire using carved brick, ceramics, stone and glass, often involving the community in many aspects of the design and construction process. She is experienced in delivering ceramic workshops to all ages and abilities, and in a variety of settings, and is a visiting lecturer at University of Wolverhampton. http://www.ruthgibsonceramics.co.uk/

Jean is an experienced educator and project leader, working regularly with schools, day centres, nursing homes and community projects.  She helps people of all ages to find their own words and enjoy the experience.  An example of a recent similar project, working with primary age children, is ‘In woods we forget things, at the wood edge we tell stories.’   Jean is a published and prize-winning poet, and has also written a novel for children, ‘The Crow House’.  www.jeanatkin.com

Impressions of the Past is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund via the Stiperstones & Corndon Hill Country Landscape Partnership Scheme. The project is also supported by the Friends of Pontesford Hill, Shropshire Wildlife Trust and the Shropshire Hills Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty Partnership.

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