Slate craft ‘making’ courses

Slate ‘making ‘ workshops give you the opportunity to create with slate.

The courses use traditional hand working methods and tools.

All materials, tools and tuition are provided, plus most of the workshops include a talk about the local geology and the Welsh slate industry.

The workshops vary and can be tailored to particular requirements, but regular courses are also held to make:

  • Slate picture
  • Slate framed mirror/ picture frame
  • Slate wall clock
  • Slate mantle clock
  • Slate lantern
  • Slate sconce
  • Slate bunting

The workshops are an ideal day activity for groups of up to 8 persons.

‘Taster’ Workshops last for 3 hours and are designed to give you a ‘feel’ of working with slate.  Everybody goes home with a self-made small item.

All day workshops are usually from 0930/1630 and allow you to create something more substantial.

You will need to wear suitable clothing and good shoes/ boots (no sandals etc!), as you are likely to get a bit dirty.

Dave’s slate workshop is in the glorious gardens of the Parc Glynllifon Country park, so lunch can be spent walking in the fabulous arboretum and grounds.

In warm weather, much of the work takes place in the open air.


A week long residential course for people wishing to learn about slate and work with the material.

It involves:

  • visit to a working slate quarry.
  • visit to Welsh Slate museum
  • visit to slate shop.
  • visit to 3 old quarry sites to explore methods of slate extraction and history of slate working.
  • session on the formation and geology of slate
  • session on the properties and ‘feel’ of rock.
  • practical sessions on techniques and methods:
  1. cutting
  2. splitting
  3. shaping
  4. boring
  5. holing
  6. design
  • practical sessions allowing you to make some of the following:
  1. slate clock
  2. mirror
  3. lantern
  4. sconce
  5. bunting
  6. Celtic patterns
  7. etching and painting
  8. picture
  9. shaped place mats (hearts etc)

The Course also touches on other skills e.g. glass cutting, wire work, knotting, Celtic patterns etc.

The practical sessions will take place at my workshops in Parc Glynllifon (see website) where there are also 7 other artists and craft workers.

Most workshops are available for accompanied children and adults.

Please contact for prices.

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