If You Can’t Grow It, You Have to Dig It

Participatory clay, mining and geology project with accompanying book and ceramic objects
Red Lodge Clay Center, Red Lodge, MT

About the project
If You Can’t Grow It, You Have to Dig It is the story of a single ceramic bowl made during my one-month residency at Red Lodge Clay Center in September 2018. To make the bowl, I met with thirteen people who had a connection to mining, clay or geology in Montana. During our conversations, each person gifted or directed me toward a raw material to use in the making of the bowl. The clay body and glaze—the entire bowl—is made with collected raw materials. Each person who participated in the project received a copy of this book and a tiny replica of the bowl.

This project was a way for me to more direct connection with the raw materials I use in my work, and to have a more intimate understanding of the systems that support me as a general consumer. The result is a book and a ceramic serving bowl that reflect the questions, concerns, contradictions, experiments, tests, and explorations present in the mining industry and by default, the field of ceramics.
    • Barbara from the Berkeley Pit Gift Shop, Butte, MT
    • John Foley, Assistant Curator at the Mineral Museum, Butte, MT
    • Shirley Badam Foy, Environmental Engineer and Wildflower Seed grower, Red Lodge, MT
    • Greg Creasy, Caretaker of the Yellowstone-Bighorn Research Institution, Red Lodge, MT
    • Chris Goldsby and Dan O'Brien, Specialist Contractors at the Stillwater Mine, Nye, MT
    • Dean Adams, Josh DeWeese, and Matt Levy, Artists at the Wild Clay Research Institute, Bozeman, MT
    • Mary Callahan Baumstark, Executive Director of the Lewiston Art Center, Lewiston, MT
    • Nickie Edwards, Visual Artist, Lewistown, MT
    • Jerry Hanley, Retired Miner and owner of a mining ghost town, Maiden, MT
    • Jen Baronovic, Petroleum Geologist, Red Lodge, MT

1st Edition publication with interviews and process images

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