commUNITY Clay Project
Great art is made when many hands work together. – Susan Whelan
Our project was inspired by Antony Gormley’s dramatic installation, “Field for the British Isles.”
Unlike Gormley’s installation where 100 volunteers created 40,000 figures, our project will be made from many hands and each figure will be unique. The clay will be a red brick color, a nod to Kingston’s historic history as a brick-making center.
Come Get Creative with Us!
Everyone who wants to be a part of this exciting community art project can either attend a Weekend Workshop or Pick Up a small bag of clay and instructions and make it at home. This is a great project for church/school groups, families, friends, social clubs, businesses, organizations and, well, everyone!
You can join the creative fun in two ways – at onsite Clay Days at MAD in The D.R.A.W. Studio (where we will adhere to all CDC and NYS Department of Health requirements) or pick up your clay and bring your clay figure(s) back when done!
There are only three rules to follow:
• Must be hand-sized
• Must stand up
• Must have a face!
2 Ways to Participate
1. WEEKEND WORKSHOPS at The D.R.A.W. Directions
Saturdays, August 1, 15 & 29, 10am-2pm
Sundays, August 9 & 23, 10am-2pm
Watch a demonstration and have an opportunity to create your commUNITY figure in our new studio space at Energy Square. Following COVID-19 guidelines, only six unrelated participants will be allowed in at a time and your temperature will be taken. Masks are required and available.
2. PICK-UP / DROP-OFF ONLY Make your figure offsite.
You can pick up clay for you, and your group if you need more, at these locations:
MAD in the 20 Cedar Street Lobby, Mon-Thurs, 10am-2pm and during Weekend Workshops Directions
Kingston Ceramic Studio at 77 Cornell Street on the 3rd Floor (Shirt Factory) Daily, 9am-7pm Directions
When your clay figure is completed, just drop it off at one of these locations so it can be fired at Bailey Pottery.
Clay figures will not be returned but will become part of a bigger project representing all of us: The commUNITY display will be on public view at the MAD Fishbowl at 20 Cedar Street.
It takes only about five minutes to make a clay figure so people of all ages and abilities can participate. Watch this video to see how easy, fast and fun it is to make a clay figure!