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Clay in Common

A project book for schools, museums, galleries, libraries, and artists and clay activists everywhere

Julia Rowntree & Duncan Hooson

Writing and design supported by
Paul Hamlyn Foundation

Clay in Common starts by offering passionate arguments for the vital role of clay in passing on craft skills and fostering knowledge of the material world -- skills and knowledge that are vital for creativity, social engagement and the mental and physical wellbeing of (especially) younger people today.

Then, using detailed descriptions of their UK and international creative ventures, Julia Rowntree and Duncan Hooson of Clayground Collective explore:

  • 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.

The book illuminates how engagement with clay can foster the qualities of social interaction needed in response to big picture challenges such as climate change, environmental degradation and social dislocation.

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 school, in community, civic and many other kinds of space.


In Section 1 Seeing a Bigger Picture, read about:

  • the role clay can play in fostering social and creative responses to big picture questions such as climate change and wider environmental pressures
  • the decline of hand skills and where engagement with clay can lead in life
  • perspectives from many different fields on why the development of hand skills and deep knowledge of the material world matters so much
  • the physical, material and environmental facts about clay

Everyone should read this opening section for pointers as to the continuing significance of clay and hand skills development and where clay studies can lead in life.

In Section 2 Connecting beyond the Artroom,  read about the story of Clayground Collective and its mission to take clay out beyond the art room to investigate the material more widely, across the curriculum, in performance and story-making, how to handle clay - practical guidance, practical ways and creative ideas for introducing clay into different subjects in schools.

Clayground Collective Case Studies:

  • how Clayground worked with a story-maker to create permanent installations in a public garden
  • how they worked with other experts as part of a regional schoolsÂ’ enquiry into clay in London
  • how they advised a national project to re-fire kilns in schools across the country
  • (includes practical notes for working across school subjects and organising an introductory session for school staff)

If you are a teacher, parent, school governor, artist-facilitator or, education policy-maker, Section 2 has ideas for projects and activities that can bridge school and community life.

In Section 3 Putting Clay and Communities Centre Stage, read about:

  • how to reconfigure, through the medium of clay, connections to local resources and to one another
  • how Clayground Collective has engaged the public in civic settings
  • how they make projects happen - getting ideas off the ground and keeping creative efforts going over time, adapting to circumstance and opportunity
  • digging clay and exchanging clay locally and internationally
  • working with clay through archaeological ceramic fragments
  • how the Clayground explored contemporary links between clay and canals
  • how poets, artists, a film-maker and photographer took inspiration from clay as the starting point for new works
  • how to use kiln construction and celebration as a focus for community celebration
  • how to work work with museums, galleries and libraries, forging crossovers between historic collections, visual arts, and reading development.

Chapters on fundraising and forming key partnerships show how to secure essential resources to realise creative projects, and practical considerations when preparing projects to engage the public. Finally, the book sets out practical considerations to take into account when preparing projects to engage the public.

Volumetric weight:1.000