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Rhik Samadder tries … pottery: ‘I’m making a bowl – if it’s hideous, we’ll call it an ashtray’
Working clay is as much meditation as craft, but there is so much to learn, from ram’s head wedging to coiling and glazing. And the results sometimes leave a lot to be desired

Rhik Samadder

29, Nov, 2021 @7:00 AM

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The 2021 good gift guide: 130 Christmas gift ideas for anyone from kids to chronic grumps
From presents that give back to edible treats, Guardian Australia and a team of guest editors select the best shopping options across Australia this Christmas

Alyx Gorman, Michael Sun, Max Brearley , Shannon Wong-Nizic, Rhys Ripper, Michelle Wong, Alice Zaslavsky

24, Nov, 2021 @4:30 PM

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We claim to be a land of hobbyists. But really we’re going quietly mad | Alex Clark
A new study of western nations paints Britons as unusually interested in escaping from everyday life

Alex Clark

21, Nov, 2021 @9:00 AM

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This week’s fix: repairing a moth-eaten jumper
Have the moths been feasting on one of your beloved jumpers? Fret no more, in the first of a new series we ask the experts to help sort out your wardrobe favourites

Scarlett Conlon, Jo Jones and Helen Seamons

15, Nov, 2021 @5:42 PM

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‘These aren’t my real teeth!’: seven readers on their scariest and silliest homemade Halloween costumes
From a Teen Wolf to the truly unsettling Eater of Dreams, these disguises are a testament to charity shops, liquid latex and lots of imagination

Guardian readers

29, Oct, 2021 @10:30 AM

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Birmingham cultural gem at risk as developers eye jewellery quarter
An industrial hub for 200 years, the area’s historic workshops are being turned into flats

Jessica Murray

09, Oct, 2021 @2:07 PM

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‘We want dignity’: the vanishing craft of Kashmir’s papier-mache artists
Award-winning artist Maqbool Jan is one of a handful still practising the ancient artform, but without government help he fears it could be lost

Shoaib Shafi in Srinagar

06, Oct, 2021 @5:00 AM

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Sew it yourself! Inside the zero-waste, zero-sweatshop fashion revolution
In lockdown, thousands of people began making their own clothes for the first time – a movement born of creativity and conscious consumption

Fleur Britten

28, Sep, 2021 @9:00 AM

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September design news: arty toilets, London Craft Week, ‘metal giraffes’
Inspiring toilets, London Craft Week, Black art in America

Alice Fisher

28, Sep, 2021 @8:00 AM

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‘The ground is unstable but there are pleasures all around’ – goodbye to the joy of small things
For three years, this column has been looking for sources of quotidian joy in the darkness. As it comes to an end, what tiny delights would other writers nominate?

Hannah Jane Parkinson, Philip Pullman, Yomi Adegoke, Tracey Thorn Phil Wang

17, Sep, 2021 @7:00 AM

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Out damn spot! How to save a piece of clothing from stubborn stains
If you act fast, many stains can be removed without a trace. But for those that won’t come out, a creative approach might be your best option

Lucianne Tonti

13, Sep, 2021 @5:30 PM

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Rhik Samadder tries … glassblowing: ‘My tendons are burning – and it’s nothing to do with the glory hole’
The heat is intense, and the craft is tricky to master – but what’s really alarming is that no one acknowledges how rude this looks

Rhik Samadder

06, Sep, 2021 @6:00 AM

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