The Clay Will Tell Me What To Do Next

Participant generated exhibition of ceramic objects
Presented at composition in Portland, OR

About The Project
The Clay Will Tell Me What To Do Next
is a participatory ceramic project that explores the connection between bodies, clay and function by using the metaphor of body as service vessel. As participants enter the gallery, they encounter a list of instructions on the wall that encourage 6 small actions to form a vessel as self portrait. The exhibition begins with empty shelves and raw materials, and builds itself over time through audience participation. The title is borrowed from a phrase potters use to describe the process of collaborating with clay on the wheel.

This project was presented as part of Assembly, a free 5-day symposium on art and social practice presented by the Art & Social Practice program at Portland State University.

Image credit: Emily Fitzgerald