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Adult workshop (age 16+)

Natural Nooks: Building with Bio-Materials


Studios & Gardens, Hertfordshire

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Included in an annual ticket, booking necessary

A selection of sticks, stones and bones arranged on a grey background

Join Cella Collective to explore ideas about bio-based materials, their life cycles and scale. Build a squeezed and stacked structure of your own.

Starting at the scale of a cell, this workshop will explore how organic materials look, feel and transform throughout their life cycles.

In a place where Henry Moore once worked, use a range of natural objects such as stones, bark or bone sourced in our rural surroundings, to design and build new environments for these sculpture-like objects. Be inspired by their cellular patterns or the landscape they’ve been nestled in.

Using clay, sand and gravel, you’ll experiment with extruding and squeezing columns, bricks and architectural components, combined to form walls, openings or even plinths. Take time to talk with the collective to seek conversational advice on how you might use these techniques for personal projects; whether you’ve got a bio-based build, artistic outcome, or curiosity to cultivate in your garden or home.

Contributing to conversations is optional, but all participants will get to take away their material research and experimental make.

Suitable for adults and young people aged 16+

This workshop is part of our Inspiration, Sculpture and Our Natural world season.


This event is included in an annual ticket, but places are limited so booking is essential.

  • If you already have an annual ticket, please book a free place for each person attending and bring your annual ticket with you.
  • If you do not have an annual ticket, please book a paid ticket for the event. You can then collect an annual ticket from the ticket desk and return to the Studios & Gardens as often as you like, during open season, for 12 calendar months.

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Getting here

Henry Moore Studios & Gardens

Experience Henry Moore’s iconic work in the beautiful Hertfordshire countryside with a visit to the artist’s former home, studios and sculpture gardens.

Perry Green
SG10 6EE
United Kingdom

T:  01279 843 333