Ceramic Garden heads to Royal Horticultural Show

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Organisers of the Royal Horticultural Society Malvern Spring Show have invited the Ceramic Garden to this year’s festival from 11 to 14 May.

The project, which features over 1200 handmade ceramic flowers, has already won a top award from the Royal Horticultural Society’s Britain in Bloom Award for the It’s Your Neighbourhood category. Sandwell Council-run Creative Arts, which provides day opportunities for people with disabilities, set the project up last year with Creative Black Country.

More than 500 people from a range of community and education groups across the Black Country helped make the magical ceramic garden.

The Oldbury centre’s service users – who have a range of learning and physical disabilities – painted the glazes and put the finishing touches to the flowers ready for public display.

Flowers were unveiled at Tipton Library last July and have since been shown at Sandwell Arts Café, Oak House Museum, Sandwell Arts Festival, RSPB Sandwell Valley, Sandwell College and Bethel Convention Centre and the BBC studios at The Mailbox.

Councillor Ann Shackleton, Sandwell Council’s cabinet member for social care, said:

“People aged from four to 92 were involved with this incredible project which is one of the many amazing projects they work on with people with physical and learning disabilities.
It was marvellous to learn that the Ceramic Garden project won a Royal Horticultural Society award but this is really special. It will let Sandwell and our talented artists shine at a major gardening show.”

Creative Arts produces a wide range of beautiful and unique work all year round. Visit the studio at Unit 37 to 39 Cyprus Street, Oldbury, to view, commission and buy work. The studio is open Mondays to Fridays, 10am to 3pm. Craft workshops can be run on request.

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