Summer Clay Workshops

Working with groups from Parkview and Holyfield Farm Project in the mornings, and members of the public in the afternoons, I ran four sessions where we collected, processed, made and pit fired objects in clay.

Participants learnt how to recognise clay as a raw material and the geological processes that form it. The Lizard geology forms a distinct clay called Gabbro, which was used throughout the Bronze and Iron Ages. 

We went on a field trip to collect some samples of raw clay, which we processed by hand into a workable clay body. Using coil building techniques everyone made their own pots and sculptures, which dried out ready to be pit-fired. 

The pieces were wrapped in locally collected seaweed and placed on the fire which was kept alight overnight.