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Around the Table: February Half Term Family Day

An experimental day of artist-led workshops across the Museum, including large-scale collective clay building with Cernamic co-founder Nam, placemat making with textile artist Kim Chin, and storytelling with Tony Tang.


What happens at the kitchen table? What do you talk about, cook, eat, play with, make? Who do you spend time with?

This February half-term Families will be encouraged to chat while they create in a relaxed, collaborative environment. Activities will invite open-ended playful making informed by conversations between children, their families, carers and friends.

Families are also invited to help storyteller Tony Tang prepare the table for Chinese New Year as he performs an original musical tale.

Our sessions are designed to be safe and welcoming spaces. Workshops are suitable for families of all ages – babies, children and adults can all enjoy squishing, squeezing, moulding and building with clay, and the playful process of making your own placemat.

What's on 

Collective Clay Building | 10.30am to 4pm in the Learning Pavilion

Roll, squash, squeeze and shape with clay as you contribute to a giant collaborative sculpture.

Textile Placemat Making | 10.30am to 4pm in the Studio

Create unique placemats that reflect your mealtime conversations by drawing, cutting and sticking onto scrap fabric.

Musical Storytelling | 11.30am and 2pm in the Reading Room

Join in with an interactive musical performance exploring cultural traditions celebrated around the table. 

Performances start at 11.30am and 2pm and last around 20-25 minutes. 

Nam Tran

Nam Tran is co-founder and director of Cernamic, a pottery studio based in Stoke Newington and Bermondsey. This community of ceramicists strive to make ceramics entirely accessible to anyone willing to give it a try. Specialising in wheel-thrown raku, Nam brings years of experience and craftsmanship to every object made. He focuses primarily on exploring the physical properties of clay and material experimentation with alternative firing techniques. Nam featured on the Great Pottery Throwdown in 2017.

Kim Chin

Kim Chin was born in the creative capital of London, with roots in Filipino, Chinese and Jamaican heritage. These cultural influences subconsciously influence Kim’s warmth for pattern, colour, perception and sharing stories. Minimising wasteful overproduction and inviting curiosity, advocacy and autonomy for underrepresented voices is at the forefront of her practice. Kim has nurtured her print and mark-making skills to expand into artworks that can bring people together in a joyful and inquisitive way. 

Tony Tang

Tony Tang is an actor/performer/musician of Chinese origin but was made in the UK and is blessed with both worlds.  He has previously told “Wintermelon Story” and “A New Year’s Reunion” at the Museum of the Home 

Tony has written and performed his solo play with music “Passion on the Night Tube” at the Vault2020 Festival.  He is a co-founder, video editor and content creator of BESEA TV, a YouTube channel started during the pandemic dedicated to celebrating, showcasing and connecting British East and South East Asian talent. 

More for families

There is lots for children to see and do at the Museum. Expect a fun-filled day with free trails to follow, sensory explorer bags, and fun throughout the galleries and gardens.

Tuesday 13 February 2024



Museum of the Home - 136 Kingsland Road, London E2 8EA

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