About Us

The Create CIC Story

Create CIC is a collaboration between three professionals with a passion for community engagement and accessibility for all through the diverse disciplines of glass, ceramics and jewellery.

 

In 2020 Jane was approached by Falmouth University to bring life back into some large scale glass equipment following the closure of their Contemporary Crafts courses. Jane had set up the Pottery at The Poly in Falmouth, which also utilised equipment from the university, but The Poly didn't have the space to expand into glass, so Jane teamed up with Angela and Helen to set up Create CIC to make the equipment available for creatives across Cornwall.

Angela, Jane and Helen share the ethos that creativity should be accessible to anyone, so they founded Create CIC on this principle. They believe that exposure to creativity at all levels can inspire and empower anyone.

 

Create CIC was approached by Tonia Lu, Creativity Chair of the Camborne Town Deal, about bringing the equipment, and the Create CIC ethos, to Camborne. This beautiful town with a rich industrial and social history has been neglected in recent years. The injection of funding from Central Government through the Town Deal aims to reverse the effects of this neglect and bring a vibrancy to the town, and a bright and positive future for its inhabitants.

    

In June 2021 it was announced that Camborne had been awarded £23.7million to fund eight projects which will revitalise the town, one of which is the Camborne Contemporary Crafts Hub. The Donald Thomas Centre, an iconic, but underused, Greek Revival building in the town centre, was identified as a potential home for the hub and over the next year Create CIC will be working closely with Camborne Town Council and Cornwall Council to transform it into a state of the art community facility and centre of excellence.

     

While this transformation is taking place Create CIC will be running workshops and classes without the use of the large equipment. Sign up to our newsletter to come on this exciting journey with us!

Meet The Team

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Jane Smith

artist working in ceramics and glass - educator - curator - facilitator

Jane is an award winning glass and ceramics artist who has a passion for the materials she uses. She began working with clay when she learnt to throw, aged 10, at the Midlands Arts Centre. She has been invited to exhibit at the Penwith Gallery, Galeri Caernarfon and Breeze, and has produced many public and private commissions. Her work draws on the human form and the land and seascapes of Cornwall. She has taught for over 30 years with social services, in schools, colleges and adult education and has established glass and ceramics facilities for a number of further and continuing education institutions as well as privately.

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Angela Hatherell

project manager - architectural designer - arts manager - researcher

Angela trained as an architect and has worked in practice, research and education. She has worked on built environment projects from feasibility and brief development to post occupancy evaluation, specialising in client relations, project management and advocacy. She also has extensive arts management experience, having worked in the film industry and run a number of arts festivals and events.

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Helen Eastham

glass artist - occupational therapist

Helen is a successful artist working in glass and a qualified and experienced occupational therapist. Her glass work is an expression of her emotions and connections to people and places.

As an occupational therapist she is acutely aware of the intrinsic value of participation in creative practices to aid good mental and physical health and wellbeing. She is keen to combine her artist practice and occupational therapy values to enable individuals and communities the opportunity to engage in the arts.

The Donald Thomas Centre

The Donald Thomas Centre is a Grade 2* listed building in the centre of Camborne. The oldest part of it was built in 1839 as a Methodist chapel but after only a decade this was moved to larger premises and the building was expanded into a literary institute by the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge. In the 1970s it was taken over by the Camborne Community Centre Trust and Prince Charles opened it as a day centre for older people.
We'd love to hear your memories of the building and to build a more detailed picture of its history. Please do get in touch.
We have been working with recent graduates from Falmouth University to develop design proposals for the transformation of the building into a state of the art contemporary crafts hub. Check out their designs here.
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