Welcome to the Whitegold Festival. The festival is about china clay and the clay culture that has been created in an extraordinarily place – china clay country in Cornwall. Join us in St Austell each year as we celebrate, explore and make with this most beautiful of materials – translucent, pure and unbounded in potential.
The current Whitegold Festival has been running since 2016, featuring a mix of workshops by talented local ceramicists, intriguing art installations, street art & performance and ceramics stalls, as well talks and exhibitions by some of the best-known makers with clay in the world.
With something for everyone interested in creativity and clay, young and old, novice and expert, it’s a great chance to get involved and learn about over 250 years of china clay production in the Cornish Alps – from when the mines were at their peak and the local river ran white with the clay, to now when the town is being filled with exciting and challenging contemporary art work made from the “whitegold” of Cornwall – china clay.