Crafty kids add colour to Catcliffe Glass Cone

Crafty kids add colour to Catcliffe Glass Cone

By Michael Upton | 09/09/2021

Crafty kids add colour to Catcliffe Glass Cone

CREATIVE kids produced top “glass” designs as they joined a crafty event celebrating the past — and hopes for a brighter future — of one of the borough’s most distinctive landmarks.

As Catcliffe Glass Cone was thrown open for visitors, and children were encouraged to produce their own decorations using decoupage — using coloured tissue paper and glue — for chunky glass bottles donated by Rotherham’s own Beatson Clark glassmaking plant.

The public event was part of the Collaborative Connections project, which also includes Swinton’s Waterloo Kiln and Keppel’s Column at Scholes and aims to encourage community groups to celebrate and — where possible — make use of the historic landmarks on their doorstep.

This summer, films celebrating the past of the cone and the column were projected onto the brickwork of each, while the kiln hosted an art exhibition focusing on the famous Rhinoceros Vase fired there.

Long-term plans include hosting regular events based around all three locations.