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Christmas At Nantgarw China Works

Nantgarw China Works Museum will welcome people of all ages this festive season when it hosts a range of Christmas events.

Children can make something special and meet Santa at Christmas Ceramic Workshops held on Saturday, December 13. Youngsters can also enjoy a drink and gingerbread and enter a colouring competition.

Workshop sessions will be from 10.30am-12.30pm and 1pm-3pm. Tickets cost £10 and booking is essential - please call Carol on 07896518801 to book.

Youngsters who don’t wish to take part in the workshops can also meet Santa on the day. Tickets are £5 which includes a gift as well as a drink, gingerbread and a chance to enter the colouring competition - and there is no need to book.

Pottery, garden statues, jewellery, knitted goods, wooden gifts and many other hand- crafted items will be on sale at a rural craft market on Saturday, December 20 in the house and grounds of the China Works, from 11am-3pm.

The craft markets, organised by some of the Friends of Nantgarw, are held on the third Saturday of each month.

Funds raised from refreshments on the day will go towards the running costs of the Museum.

Visitors to the China Works Museum over the festive season can also enjoy a new exhibition of ceramic work by eleven graduate artists.

Unfolding - New Graduates in Clay features work by 11 graduates from BA and MA courses across the UK. Work on show includes sculpture, domestic, and decorative pieces and jewellery. The exhibition can be seen until January 11, 2015.

Owned by Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, Nantgarw China Works at Tyla Gwyn, Nantgarw, is the only surviving 19th Century porcelain works in the UK. Surviving pieces are considered some of the most notable examples of British porcelain ever made.

Visitors can discover the story of the China Works at the former factory, and rare Nantgarw pieces are on display at the National Museum of Wales in Cardiff and the V&A Museum in London.

Cllr Paul Cannon, Rhondda Cynon Taf Deputy Leader & Cabinet Member for Safer Communities, Tourism & Heritage said: “The China Works is a fascinating and unique place to visit. I hope many people will go along to the events over the festive season and enjoy events and exhibitions on offer throughout the year ahead.”

The china has made appearances on the Antiques Roadshow and Henry Sandon, host and acclaimed expert on the popular show, is a lifelong Friend of Nantgarw China Works.

For more information on the Museum and opening times, please visit the Nantgarw China Works website

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