Clayfest 2018, 24-29 September, Irish National Heritage Park, Ireland.

This years theme: The Secret Life of Earth

Whether its the thousands of Clay buildings quietly waiting to be discovered, the skills to mend or build them, the social movements starting to explore this 'outsider' material or the very nature of the clay minerals we have yet to discover there is much secret and unknown about clay and the buildings it makes...

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Hello Earth Building enthusiasts, and welcome to next year's EBUKI Festival and Conference in Wexford, Ireland. Our theme explores the relationships between Earth Building and other materials, construction and design and training, thinking about building bridges through knowledge, skills, research and training.

Following the last year's tremendous success in Scotland, Cumbria and Lincoln, we were delighted to be holding 2018's workshops, from the 24th to the 29 September, at the beautiful Irish National Heritage Park. This central location not only brims with life, but also LOTS of the local earth vernacular
This year we want to combine teaching core skills at beginners, semi-skilled and skilled levels with a spirit of curiosity and invention. Earth building is having a renaissance with people trying many new ways to work with some of the oldest materials and techniques. From the structural to aesthetic, thermal properties to colour we hope to encourage and show that earth in buildings can exceed all expectations. We have built the second only ever rammed earth vault, a mobius strip in cob and the first turf wall in Scotland in a very long time. Next year what will it be?!

Last year Clayfest got a lot of great feedback, most people rated it as very good or excellent, 80% said they would recommend Clayfest to others. It's a chance to try things out with a group of experts working together, asking and answering questions over four days, the UK's biggest earth building event!

Conference

This will be EBUKI’s 10th annual conference. The theme this year is the ‘Secret Life of Earth’, for more details click here

Symposium

This years symposium, more details coming

Tour

Co. Wexford boasts some of the best preserved earthen buildings in Ireland, for more details click here

Staying, Dinner and Hooley

For more about staying, dinner and hooley click here

 
   

Clayfest Workshops and Leaders

 
   
 
   
 

Artistry in Clay

Bill and Athena Steen, Monday to Thursday September 24th to 27th.

   
 

 
     
 

 
 
   
 

Did you know that clay plasters can be applied to all types of surfaces, including plasterboard and block walls? Let natural building legends, Bill and Athena Steen, guide you through a wide variety of decorative techniques, including Japanese plastering, sculpting, carving (sgraffito) and polishing.

You are welcome to join this workshop for one day or for more. Join in on any day.

Bill and Athena Steen – Authors of ‘The Strawbale House’ and ‘Earthen Floors’, U.S.A.

Price: €85 per day

 
   
 

Building with Stone and Earth Mortar.

Brian Tobin, Monday to Thursday September 24th to 27th.

 
 

 
 
   
 

We’ll let you in on a secret. Thousands and thousands of our traditional stone cottages were built with mud mortar, not lime. Tried and tested for centuries, earth mortars are surprisingly robust and enduring. Build a mud-bonded stone structure under the expert eye of local mason, Brian Tobin.

You are welcome to join this workshop for one day or for more. Join in on any day.

Brian Tobin – Conservation Mason and Mud Man, Wexford

Price: €85 per day

 
 
   
 

Cob and Upcycled Domes.

Louise Halestrap and Lizzie Wynn.

   
 

 
     
 

 
 
   
 

Cob (or mud/mudwall, as it is sometimes called in Ireland) is probably one of our best known earth building techniques and is a firm favourite among eco-builders. This exciting workshop ticks another environmentally-friendly box by incorporating common waste items, such as plastic bottles, into the structure. CAT lecturers are renowned for their experimental approach to projects; Louise Halestrap and Lizze Wynn are no exception.

You are welcome to join this workshop for one day or for more. Join in on any day.  

Louise Halestrap and Lizzie Wynn – Centre for Alterative Technology, Wales.

Price: €85 per day

 
 
   
 

Turf Walls and Turf Roof.

Daniël Postma, Monday to Thursday September 24th to 27th.

To buy tickets for this workshop click here

 
 

 
 
   
 

In bygone times, turf homes were considered the fast-track and affordable housing of the day. They have since disappeared from land and memory. However, thanks to links with Icelandic turf builders, a revival is underway in Scotland and Holland. Daniël Postma has built a reconstruction of an historic turf house, as well as experimenting with more contemporary forms. His workshop will look at the variations in turf and how the different types have distinct structural roles to play. Harvest your own turf with an array of specialised tools, build turf walls and lay out a turf roof.

This workshop will build on the previous day’s activities. You are welcome to join this workshop for one day or for more. Join in on any day. Please note that there will only be a very brief recap on the techniques taught on previous days.

Daniël Postma – Archaeologist, The Netherlands.

Price: €85 per day

 
 
   
 

Mudwall Repairs.

Colin Ritchie and Féile Butler, Tuesday to Thursday September 25th to 27th.

   
 

 
     
 

 
 
   
 

Mudwall (or cob as it also known) is a surprisingly durable material. And even when it does fail, it is almost always repairable, often with the original material. There are hundreds (and possibly even thousands) of traditional earth-built homes hidden all over Ireland. Learn about some of the most common causes of mudwall failure and how to fix them under the guidance of Mud and Wood’s Colin Ritchie and Féile Butler.

This workshop will build on the previous day’s activities. You are welcome to join this workshop for one day or for more. Join in on any day. Please note that there will only be a very brief recap on the techniques taught on previous days.

Colin Ritchie and Féile Butler – ‘Home of the Year 2015’, EBUKI, Mud and Wood, Sligo

Price: €85 per day

 
 
   
 

Clay-Hemp Walls.

Tom Woolley, Monday to Thursday September 24th to 27th.

 
 

 
 
   
 

Professor Tom Woolley is no stranger to championing innovation in natural building. This cutting-edge technology combines all the health benefits of clay with the insulating properties of hemp. In his clay-hemp workshop, explore the ways that this ancient material can be adapted for contemporary use.

You are welcome to join this workshop for one day or for more. Join in on any day. The content of the workshop will be repeated every day, but different mixes will be trialled each time.

Tom Woolley – Author of ‘Natural Building’ and ‘Low-Impact Building’, Northern Ireland

Price: €85 per day

 
 
   
 

Cob Meitheal.

Ulrike and Thomas Riedmuller, Monday to Thursday September 24th to 27th.

To buy tickets for this workshop click here

 
 

 
 
   
 

These veterans of Irish earth building will run a cob-based work party during Clayfest. A meitheal is an Irish tradition, where a group of people come together to work towards a common goal.
The cob meitheal will be an informal set-up. It cannot be booked in advance and will be open to all passers-by, subject to space. It’s a chance to get your hands mucky and get a feel for mud without committing to a full workshop. Stay for a few minutes or a few hours, but please be mindful of others who might want to join in.

Please note that this is not a workshop. While it will be hands-on, Thomas and Ulrike will not be teaching the specifics of cob construction.

Ulrike and Thomas Riedmuller – The Hollies Centre for Practical Sustainability, Cork

Price: Free – if people are waiting, you may be asked to give up your spot.

 
 
   
 

Traditional Wattle-and-Daub.

Niall Miller, Monday to Thursday September 24th to 27th.

 
 

 
 
   
 

Wattle and daub is probably one of the oldest earth building techniques used in Ireland. Woodsman Niall Miller will show you how and when to harvest hazel and willow, how to grade it in preparation for wattle construction, how to build a wattle wall, and how to mix and apply the daub. With tips covering everything from health and safety to the aftercare of the wall itself, this one-day course gives a complete overview of this ancient method of construction.

You are welcome to join this workshop for one day or for more. Join in on any day. The content of the workshop will be repeated every day.

Niall Miller – Muintir na Coille, Fuinseog Woodland Crafts, Leitrim

Price: €85 per day

 
 
   
 

Experiments in Earth Block and Natural Materials

Becky Little and Tom Morton, Monday to Thursday September 24th to 26th.

   
 

 
     
 

 
 
   
 

hy build with concrete blocks, when you can build with earth blocks instead? Tom Morton and Becky Little have been getting their hands mucky for the past 25 years. For their workshop, the pair will draw inspiration from the coast (seaweed, sand, shells), from the hills (heather, bracken, stones) and from the fields (straw, grasses). Join them in building a series of towers incorporating a range of earth and natural building techniques.

You are welcome to join this workshop for one day or for more. Join in on any day.

Becky Little and Tom Morton – EBUKI, RebEarth and Arc Architects, Scotland.

Price: €85 per day

 
   
 

Sewn Reeds and Earth Plaster Pavilion.

Anna Altemir, Monday to Thursday September 24th to 27th.

 
 

 
 
   
 

 Reeds-and-plaster construction is an ancient tradition in Spain, but unknown in Ireland. Be part of a collaborative design process. Learn how to select, prepare and assemble the reeds into a stand-alone organic structure. Make and apply a naturally water-resistant earth plaster. Will this pavilion stand up to the Irish rain? We can’t wait to find out.

This workshop will build on the previous day’s activities. You are welcome to join this workshop for one day or for more. Join in on any day. Please note that there will only be a very brief recap on the techniques taught on previous days.

Anna Altemir co-founded social architectural co-operative, Base-A, running community workshops as far afield as Nepal and Senegal.

Price: €85 per day

 
 

Conference

The Secret Life of Earth

This will be EBUKI’s 10th annual conference. The theme this year is the ‘Secret Life of Earth’. Up for debate could be topics such as our hidden earth-built heritage and how to increase its visibility, innovations pioneered by under-the-radar builders, will contemporary earth building remain in the margins, the role of water in earth at a microscopic level and much, much more. More information on our homegrown and international speakers and their presentations will follow.

Price: €115

Fri. 28th September

Conference details coming, please let us know if you would like to speak, info@ebuki.co

 
   

Speakers

 
 
   
 

Earth talk.

 Speaker, Friday September 28th.

 
 

 
 
   
 

Talks and speaker details to follow...

Speaker details...

 

Symposium

 
   

More details coming

 
   

Speakers

 
 
   
 

Earth symposium.

Symposium Speaker, Thursday September 27th.

 
 

 
 
   
 

Talks and speaker details to follow

Workshop leader details...

 

Tour

Co. Wexford boasts some of the best preserved earthen buildings in Ireland. This self-drive tour will allow you to meet the owners and conservationists who have cared for and valued these characterful homes. Information on times and locations will be provided during Clayfest.

Price: Free

Sat. 29th September

 
   

Venues

 
   
 
   
 

Earth tour.

Tour, Saturday September 29th.

 
 

 
 
   
 

Tour details.

 

 

Staying, Dinner and Hooley

EBUKI Dinner and Hooley

 After a week of inspiring workshops and talks, let your hair down, get your dancing shoes on and have the craic with your new best friends at our annual hooley. Enjoy dinner and a bit of a céilí in the atmospheric surroundings of the Crannóg.

 Price:   TBC

 Fri.       28th September

 

 

Partners

EBUKI are partnering with the Irish National Heritage Park  to make Clayfest as successful as it can be: