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Observation and Making in Place

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About the event

Observation and Making in Place is a three-day workshop for artists who want to work creatively with fire and glass in unison with the elements of nature.

Benefield Spencer Glass is located in a rustic build environment, set within open fields, close to the rugged coastline and unique geological features which characterise the North Antrim Coast. This combination of studio facility and rural environment will provide the source to explore meaningful, responsive and sculptural observations of nature through the process of flameworked glass.

The focus of this workshop will encourage close observation of both the natural and rural built environment to create ideas exploring manifestations of interdependence and co-existence. We will take time to explore and investigate patterns, structures and spaces found in this natural environment. In the studio, we will work with glass rods and tubes at the torch, and will endeavor to find imaginative ways to communicate what has been observed.

Over the course of three days, participants will have the opportunity to learn simple flame working skills that will allow them to create intricate structures, installations and objects.

Andrea Spencer and Annie Cattrell are highly experienced artists within their specialist fields, frequently exhibiting their artworks nationally and internationally. The natural environment informs both artists current work. This is the fourth time that Annie and Andrea will collaborate to co facilitate an intensive workshop.

Please note, lunch is not provided.


Where is it taking place?

35 Lagavara Road
Co. Antrim

Who is it suitable for?



Unsuitable for disability access due to terrain, please contact Andrea to discuss further.

When is it taking place?

Friday 4th – Sunday 6th August

Price and do you need to book?

Bookings can be made via email

Contact details


T:    0044 77 5122 4855




Additional information

This event is a part of August Craft Month with Craft NI, Northern Ireland’s celebration of craft. Summer 2023 will mark the 17th annual August Craft Month with makers all across Northern Ireland getting involved.



All August Craft Month events are run independently by the event organisers. For questions regarding this event please contact the event organiser directly.

Event Details

Maker: Andrea Spencer and Annie Cattrell

Starts: Fri 4 Aug at 9:30 am

Ends: Sun 6 Aug at 5:00 pm

Craft Type: Glass Making

Event Location: Antrim

Event Type: Workshop

Price: £490