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Make Makers offers a wide range of masterclasses from chocolate tempering to wooden spoon carving, willow weaving to enamelling and wooden whistle crafting to glass blowing. All of our events are hosted by a master maker, in their own studio, offering a rare glimpse into a masters workspace, an insight into the makers world in the hope that their skills might be spread further.
Make Makers exists to celebrate making of all kinds, to help share skill and to build a community of makers of all kinds.
With some making techniques, tool and process becoming endangered and some are becoming extinct, sharing and passing on these skills is essential. One of Make Makers main aims is to help share skill and knowledge of these master craftsmen and women to the wider community.
Since 2013, Olivia Alice, (who set up Make Makers) has been running the events program at the Institute of Making, which is based at University College London. The Institute of Making’s events range from small masterclass with master of a craft to large-scale public open day with 1000+ visitors to corporate away days with companies such as Atkins, Selex and Arup.
Her biggest achievement is her Festival of Stuff, which is a five-day festival, it consists of four days of bookable masterclasses culminating in an extravaganza of materials and making on the final day. The festival has around 2000 visitors throughout the week.
In this role Olivia has been working closely with a whole host of master makers. She noticed that most of the makers she was working with found their trade isolating and lonely.
When running an event it often helps to alleviate some of these pressures, allows a day sharing and passing on those precious skills and hopefully lifts spirits.
Make Makers encourages people of all ages to come along to a masterclass, join the making community, to help skill share and most importantly have a great time!