Clayground is hosting Clay Cargo 2013 in three cities over the next three months: London in August, Birmingham in September and Stoke-on-Trent in October. We invite you to take part on the dates below. The activities are free and no booking is required.
Clay Cargo is part of Clayground’s initiative to revive clay and hand-making skills in the UK by inviting people in Britain and around the world to dig clay and relay this to London for incorporation into participatory public artworks in 2015. Along the way, we are encouraging people to investigate clay’s role in everyday life.
Clay Cargo is organised in partnership with the Briitsh Ceramics Biennial and Canal & River Trust. Clay and canals are intimately intertwined. Clay Cargo takes inspiration from Josiah Wedgwood, pioneer ceramic industrialist and one of the canal system’s first investors. It renews connections between the waterways and ceramics today by linking Central Saint Martins Art College, beside the Regent Canal in London, to the centre of the UK ceramics industry in Stoke on the Trent and Mersey Canal. En route, we will stop off in Birmingham where Wedgwood was a regular visitor as a member of The Lunar Society.
Duncan Hooson is throwing 100 ‘saggars’ or cylindrical containers, once used to protect fine china during the firing process. These will carry works of imagination as cargo to Stoke. Made by many hands along the way in community workshops on a series of boats (special bookings only) and land-based sessions (public), these works will be displayed as part of an exhibition commissioned by the British Ceramics Biennial to be installed in the Spode Factory. (Loading saggars, from Stoke in Old Photographs/Tim Corum, Ian Lawley.)
Please join us at one or all of the free land-based clay workshops on the following dates. No booking required.
August 3rd, 11.00-2.30. Create a London garden, city and canalscape in clay at Global Generation’s Skip Garden, Kings Cross, Handyside St, at the junction of York Way & Copenhagen Street, London N1 0AX. Café open 10.00-4.00. Activities suitable for all ages and site accessible to wheelchairs and buggies.
The Skip Garden is a movable, organic garden in the city, re-located as areas of the Kings Cross development site are built. Young people, residents and business employees have worked together to make this a garden of a thousand hands. Clayground is working with Global Generation’s Big Bang summer school, exploring clay’s place in the story of the Universe. (Images below, Global Generation activities 2012)
Saturday 3 August 11.00-2.00 Visit the Clay Cargo boat at a mooring on the south side of the Regent Canal near to Granary Square and the Filling Station. Please note the boat is not fully accessible. Accompanied children welcome from eight upwards. Main activities at the Skip Garden on Saturday. Boat send-off approximately 3.30-4.00.
While you are in Kings Cross, visit Pangolin London, Kings Place, 90 York Way, N1 9AG. The gallery’s current exhibition Sculptural Ceramics brings together works from established and emerging ceramic artists. This September Clay Cargo and Central’s Ceramic Design will feature in the gallery’s five external sculpture windows which are to provide a showcase for ceramics throughout the forthcoming year.
September 7/8, 12.00-5.30 both days, Clayground will be hosted by Ikon Gallery, Birmingham. Join us in a free workshop to create a giant Birmingham city and canalscape as we stop off en-route from London to the British Ceramics Biennial in Stoke-on-Trent. In Birmingham, we are also hosting workshops with students from Birmingham Ormiston Academy, and young people with visual impairment supported by LOOK.
Members of Crisis Skylight, Birmingham’s art programme, will have a Clay Cargo canal trip and workshop on Ikon’s Slow Boat.
October 12/13, a weekend of clay making and an outdoor kiln firing at Middleport Pottery, Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent. Times and details to be confirmed. (Image below: Artist Martin Brockman fires a kiln beside the Regent Canal 2012; Middleport pottery restoration)
28 September to 10 November The installation at the Spode factory will be open to the public as part of many activities across Stoke during the British Ceramics Biennial.
We hope to see you at one of our land-based sessions over the next three months or, if you’re further afield, keep in touch via updates on the website or twitter
If you haven’t already done so and would like to encourage our collective effort by naming a saggar for £10-£100 please contact us to make your mark on Clay Cargo 2013 in this way and we’ll let you know how to proceed. (Image: Duncan with the first 22 of 100 saggars to be thrown.)
Clay Cargo 2013 is devised in partnership with British Ceramics Biennial and Canal & River Trust. It is funded by individuals, the National Lottery through Arts Council England, Central Saint Martins and Ikon Gallery. Potclays has donated clays. Global Generation, Camden Libraries, Central Saint Martins Widening Participation and Ceramic Design Departments, King’s Cross, Pangolin London, Fordham Gallery, individuals and community organisations in three cities are helping to make the project happen. Paul Hamlyn Foundation supported the development phase.