Hole & Corner Makers' Tent

Hole & Corner with Plymouth University returns to Port Eliot, Cornwall from 28th - 31st July 2016 with our even better makers’ tent. 
Read all about our makers below. 

Bookings for sessions can be made in person from 9.00 - 10.00am and 12.30 - 1.30pm everyday at the Hole & Corner information desk
at the front of our Port Eliot tent. 

All the making will be accompanied by suitably atmospheric music during the day courtesy of Amateurism DJs and live music in the evening curated by cult label Moshi Moshi Records. To top it all off there'll be excellent coffee from Cornwall roasters Yallah Coffee and a fine selection of craft beers, indie wines and cocktails by The Peg & Mallet bar...

Port Eliot House

Port Eliot bears that wonderfully British mixture of architectural styles, history and myth. So when the St Germans invited us down last year for a  reconnaissance mission ahead of our Hole & Corner makers stage at Port Eliot Festival and we would couldn't help but delve a little deeper for a snoop around the house and its creative history...


Bill Amberg Studio

Bill and his team of expert leather crafters will host a series of leather making workshops, participants will use traditional techniques from hand-stitching, riveting and bevelling to create their leather item.

The studio’s endeavours range from architectural services for corporate and private clients to interior leather bespoke work and signature accessories.  Drawing from age-old disciplines; casemaking, saddlery and bookbinding, they use tools and methods that have remained unchanged for centuries to make beautiful contemporary leatherwork. 

Lola Lely

Lola Lely will be running Shibori cloth workshops for beginners of all ages. Lola will give demonstrations on how to create fabric patterns by folding, tying, stitching, wrapping or clamping cloth. Participants will learn to indigo dye their cloth and create a patchwork tea towel or Shibori apron.

We interviewed Lely in Issue 06 to find out more about her hybrid approach to design and her  multi-disciplinary practice that fuses craft and industrial techniques with a distinctive vision...


Golden Bear Belts

We invite the young (and the young at heart) to make their very own pirate patch with the Golden Bear Belts collective. Kids of all ages will learn how to prepare leather, attach the strap and hand stamp a design of their choice onto their own custom-made pirate patch. Golden Bear will also be offering children’s belt-making workshops. 

Golden Bear Belts is a small batch production studio in North Devon. They make belts and leather accessories by hand using premium quality oak-tanned or vegetable-tanned leather from English hides. 

Laura Lane

Laura Lane is a Cornish ceramicist. At the heart of her work is the exploration of site-specific folklore in Cornwall.  Lane uses stoneware clay direct from an ancient pit in St Agnes metres from the sea. The work is hand thrown, brushed with the dark slip and then decorated using a ‘sgraffito’ technique, before being dipped in a white tin glaze. 

Lane will be hosting pottery workshops and demonstrating her practice over the festival weekend at the Hole & Corner Makers' Tent. 

Alex Pole

Alex Pole will be demonstrating a range of blacksmith and forging techniques from knifes to axes, kitchenware and nails. On Saturday there will to make your own nail. 

Both modern and traditional techniques are used at his forge in South Somerset where all the work is produced by hand and, wherever possible, using materials sourced from the local area. His aims are to promote British blacksmithing and make it accessible, and affordable, to the general public.

McKinley & Paget

McKinley & Paget will run a series of workshops and a demonstrations on the candle making process. Rejecting the common practice of using man-made materials such as paraffin wax, or perfume oils they are one of the few companies in the UK making plant-based scented candles.

McKinley & Paget is a London-based homeware and lifestyle brand.
We care about what we make, what we use and the impact it has on our environment.  

Amateurism DJs

The Amateurism crew returns to the Hole & Corner makers’ tent for another long festival weekend of atmospheric vibes. They bring a wonderfully eclectic band of music players, all passionate about  discovering and sharing good records,  in their spare time.  Whet one's proverbial appetite, with an entree or two by regulars, Rob
Leggatt and Gavin Lucas...


Plymouth University

Affinity with Plymouth University, based in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, deliver engagement and knowledge transfer between academia and the creative industries. As a national creative centre of excellence, they are one of the few universities with a commitment to combine and deliver both master craftsmanship and conceptual leadership

Yallah Coffee

Cornish roasters Yallah Coffee return to Port Eliot with Hole & Corner to serve their excellent coffee with provenance to festival-goers. Alongside coffee, they’ll be serving some delicious hot and cold snacks throughout the day. 

Port Eliot Festival 2015


Benchmark returns for a second year to the Makers' tent at Port Eliot Festival, giving visitors the opportunity to plane, lathe, sand and brand a festival memento. We interviewed founder Sean Sutcliffe in Issue 04 about his tree-to-table production line ethos, sustainability and the importance of happiness in the workshop...



Hugh Dunford Wood

Carve your own print block with artist and designer Hugh Dunford Wood and create a colourful handprinted silk bandana or kerchief, a tea towel or tablecloth for the house proud camper – to print your own hand-made pattern on. 

Hugh Dunford Wood has worked as an independent artist designer since his student days at Oxford’s Ruskin School of Art in the 1970s. He's been a landscape and portrait painter ; and run an atelier hand-painting mens’ ties. At present, he works from his studio in the South West designing crockery, jewellery, furnishing fabrics and wallpapers.

Jeremy Atkinson

Master clogmaker Jeremy Atkinson returns to Hole & Corner’s makers’ tent to demonstrate his truly rare craft. Atkinson is the sole remaining English hand carver of traditional British clogs made in his workshop in Kington in the Welsh Marches. He still makes the entire clog by hand: hand cutting the leather uppers and hand carving the soles and he specialises in traditional nineteenth-century styles. 



Otter Surfboards 

Over the course of three hours you’ll take one of Otter Surfboard’s pre-prepared blanks to template and cut the outline for your handplane. You’ll be shown how to shape the rails to give you the most control when bodysurfing, and then you can oil it ready for your first swim in the waves. Otter studio will be there every step of the way to offer all of the advice and support that you’ll need. 

Otter Surfboards make hollow, skin and frame wooden surfboards, bellyboards and bodysurfing handplanes that are products of their shared twin passions of surfing and fine woodworking

Stephanie Buttle

Artist and maker Stephanie Buttle uses diverse approaches within her ceramics practice influenced by her former professional experiences within dance, performance and lens-based mediums. These influences are realised within her dynamic installations and film work. Stephanie is a graduate of Central Saint Martins and currently works out of her North London studio.

Buttle will be hosting pinch pot workshops and demonstrating her practice over the festival weekend at the Hole & Corner Makers' Tent. 

Yo Thom

Thom makes functional stoneware that draws from both her Japanese and British origins. An apprentice of renowned British studio potter Lisa Hammond, Thom established her own pottery in London in 2004; and relocated to Dorset in 2009. She sells her work widely throughout the UK, Europe and Japan.. 

Thom will be hosting pottery workshops and demonstrating her practice over the festival weekend at the Hole & Corner Makers' Tent. 

Zoe Bradley

After the immensely successful paper flower workshops in 2015, the Zoe Bradley Studio is back for a second year at Port Eliot Festival with more paper sculpture workshops.

Zoe Bradley uses her skills learnt as a fashion designer (she worked alongside Alexander McQueen on his 1999 show, no. 13), to create intricate paper forms. She draws inspiration from the nature that surrounds her rural home as well as the vibrancy of theatre, couture and architecture.

Eleanor Bolton

Predominantly using stitch, knotting and textile techniques to create sculptural forms, Eleanor Bolton’s workshop will introduce simple methods to create tactile and unique jewellery from ropes and braids.

Eleanor Bolton is a British designer based in London. She trained at the Royal College of Art and started her label upon graduating in 2010. She is known for her unique craft technique of coiling and hand stitching cotton rope to create sculptural yet lightweight tactile jewellery.

My Hole and Corner

The term 'hole-and-corner' derives from an old English phrase meaning a secret place or a life lived away from the mainstream: somewhere you go to contemplate, create and be inspired. With so many talented designers with us over the weekend at the Port Eliot Festival in 2015 it seemed appropriate that we should put them to work, creating two site specific installations that were truly unique for the setting...

The Peg & Mallet

This year we'll be joined by new roaming event bar from the people behind The Prince pub in N16 and The Royal Oak W1 who’ll be serving a fine selection of indie craft beers, wines and spirits for you to enjoy from 12pm - 11pm daily.