Clay in Common book now available
Our recently published book Clay in Common is a project book for schools, museums, galleries, libraries, and artists and clay activists everywhere.
It is now available to purchase from Triarchy Press and other good book retailers.
Clay in Common offers passionate arguments for the role of clay in passing on craft skills and fostering knowledge of the material world — skills and knowledge vital for creativity, social engagement and mental and physical wellbeing.
The book goes beyond how we train the ceramic artists of tomorrow to illuminate 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.
Using detailed descriptions of our UK and international creative ventures, we 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.
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.
These is what colleagues have said about the book.
Steve Moffitt, Chief Executive, A New Direction
Amanda Bright, Head of School of Art, University of Brighton
“Hooray for clay! Projects that place clay and ceramics centre stage are invaluable – be it in architecture, public sculpture, decorative art, or simple cups and saucers. Passing on an understanding of the material is vital and Clayground Collective are true clay ambassadors. Their extraordinary work is exemplary.”
Kate Malone, Ceramic Artist; Judge, BBCTV Great Pottery Throw Down“A comprehensive and creative approach is taken by Rowntree and Hooson to communicate clay’s power to engage, nurture and empower people everywhere.”
British Ceramics Biennial“This book is a real example of how to make a book accessible. It is beautifully laid out, easy to open, the whole look and feel makes you want to delve. The layout of the sections and the way they are colour-coded and each page titled to go with it makes it so easy to navigate.”
Clare Cooper, Cateran’s Common Wealth
We encourage you to get your copy now.
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21st Feb 23
Next London Delftware Foreshore Walk
10th Oct 22
Pandemic clay action!
18th Aug 21
The Volcano and the Microbes: interaction between geology and biology
4th Jun 21
Perseverance: a new NASA rover continues to follow Martian clay
2nd Aug 20
Research into clay provides clues as to how much water there was on Mars
18th Sep 19
22 Hands: British Ceramics Biennial Commission
12th Aug 19
Thames foreshore fragments and visual references
4th Dec 12
How is clay formed? Is it inorganic or organic?
10th Sep 12
Clay Cargo 2014 Collection: the Thames Foreshore
15th Dec 14
Clues to life on Mars likely to be found in clays, Javier Cuadros
5th Aug 16
CLAY FROM AROUND THE WORLD
3rd Aug 11
Clay Cargo 2013-2015
15th Jun 15
Sessions on the Clay Cargo boat, hosted by Fordham Gallery
9th Mar 15
Civic Spaces, Exhibitions
Museums and Galleries, Regeneration
Maker spaces, Rural Sites
Youth and Adult Community Groups, Professionals
Art Groups, Families, Students
Collaborations, Archaeology Sheets
Commissions, Thinking Hands? Research