Embodied Clay was a week-long masterclass for early-career artists, led by artist-researcher Priska Falin and myself.
The main purpose of the workshops was to enable individuals to discover an increased self-awareness through making with clay. Our approach was underpinned by the theory of Embodied Cognition (Mark Johnson), which recognises non-separation between the experiences of body and mind.
Repetitive process was identified as a key method to explore, providing opportunity for participants to dwell and experience, with no requirement of a destination. In our preparation and planning, we considered our tone of delivery and the workshop site, which needed to gently yet confidently hold the personal experiences as they unfolded.
Embodied Clay was designed by Dena Bagi (British Ceramics Biennial), Priska Falin (Aalto University, Finland) and Helen Felcey. Funded by Arts Council England and part of the Ceramics and it’s Dimensions (European Commission) project.
Nº 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 10; Photos — Jenny Harper