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Clay in Common a new publication of interest to artists, therapists and clinicians alike.

Clayground Collective’s Clay in Common is for community facilitators and clinical educators interested in the importance of hand skills’ development in learning and wellbeing.

Artists Clayground Collective combine participatory public art, education and research in a series of projects, walks and talks. Their recent book Clay in Common is devised as A Project Book for Schools, Museums, Galleries, Libraries, Artists and Clay Activists Everywhere.

 

3 Surgical education students at Imperial College learn about their craft through working with clay. Images: Caroline Gervay

Young participants in Project Phakama make animals in clay behind their backs using touch alone and describe to one another what they have made. Image: Caroline Gervay

 

Clay in Common offers passionate arguments for the vital role of clay in passing on craft skills and fostering knowledge of the material world - skills and knowledge vital for creativity, social engagement and the mental and physical wellbeing of people across generations today. The book explains how loss of hand skills in formal education and wider society is affecting capacities in professional fields such as surgery, engineering and design.

Using detailed descriptions of their UK and international creative ventures, the book explores:

• the properties and uses of clay

• how to work with schools and the public

• how to make projects happen

• how to build partnerships and fundraise for work in communities

• how to learn as projects evolve.

 

Clay in Common illuminates how engagement with the material can foster greater creativity in individuals. It describes projects embodying the qualities of social interaction needed in response to big picture challenges such as climate change, environmental degradation and social dislocation.

 

3 Surgical education students at Imperial College learn about their craft through working with clay. Images: Caroline Gervay

Surgical education students at Imperial College learn about their craft through working with clay.Image: Caroline Gervay

 

Beautifully illustrated and packed with case studies and detailed project examples, Clay in Common is a hands-on project guide explaining how to set-up and run a clay project from start to finish - in schools, in communities and other social and civic settings.

 

Clay in Common is available to purchase at £20 from www.Triarchypress.net/clay

 

For More information:

Contact: Julia Rowntree by email or by phone: 07906783561

Website: www.claygroundcollective.org

Twitter handle: @Clayground_Co

 

 

Posted on 06 July 2018

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