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