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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.

“If you’re a practitioner setting out to work with schools and the public where do you go for advice? Clay in Common is a great starting point.”
Steve Moffitt, Chief Executive, A New Direction
“This is not a ‘how to’ book but a ‘Can you?’ book. This book challenges those with specialist skills to engage the public in that discovery and provides a route to get started.”
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.

Happy reading.