Bruce Castle Museum, Lordship Ln, Tottenham, London, N17 8NU
Clay in the Making is a free event hosted by Collective Exchange where local ceramic artists are invited to give talks, craft demonstrations and hands on workshops to the public.
Drawing on Tottenham’s rich pottery heritage Clay in the Making will introduce contemporary and historical techniques and methods of making with this versatile yet accessible medium.
The day is open to people of all levels of experience and will provide a real face-to-face opportunity to ask questions, learn new skills, get involved and try out different ways of working with clay. The sessions offered will cover varied techniques such as hand and slab building, making press moulds and different approaches to decoration. These will be demonstrated and taught by invited artists: Josefina Isaza, Nao Matsunaga, Jess Miller, Lisa Stockham.
The day will also feature Collective Exchange, a cooperative group of artists including Ina Norrman, Middlesex graduate and designer-in-residence, Kate Grimes and Sarah Higgins who are interested in the social implications and affects of making.
Their recent exhibition Compiled (currently on display at Bruce Castle Museum) is a presentation of artefacts and documentation of their most recent project that was based in a heritage building on Tottenham’s High rd. The project utilised clay dug directly from the Spurs new stadium site to engage directly with the community. During a number of making sessions facilitated by the artists the participants explored Tottenham’s pottery legacy and created a space for diverse and new conversations to emerge about the past and future of the borough. The resulting exhibition documents this process, displaying the objects made and inscribed by the participants alongside new works made in response to this exchange by the artists.
During Clay in the Making visitors will have the opportunity to see and ask questions about the project, they will also have the opportunity to get their hands on some Tottenham Hotspur clay - dug from the grounds of the future stadium.
Collective Exchange are currently ‘designers in residence’ at Middlesex University and have benefitted from the ongoing support of Tottenham Hotspurs, Bruce Castle Museum, Arts Council England and Haringey Council.