Clay has an organic ability to record human gesture and feeling. This yeilding stuff draws us back to our hands and skins, to small actions in the palpable world. Slowing down, paying attention to the sensing body, engaging fully with the unfolding form… clay work and mindful practice make excellent dance partners.
Why is it worthwhile to noodle around with a handful of mud? How might such an act change our state of being, if done regularly? And in turn, how might these inner shifts impact our treatment of others, and our engagement with communities?
Mud and Mind is a two hour group workshop, led by artist Becky Richards. Grounded in a series of slow-paced, gentle exercises in clay, this making session will explore the concept of mindfulness as a positive, political force. Through our hands, our breath, and the soft medium of clay, we will work together to slow down and grow more present – opening up conversation around methods of employing simple, nourishing activities as a form of peaceful activism.
While some basic technical hand-building instruction will be incorporated, the focus of this workshop rests on tactile experience, and felt knowledge. All materials and tools will be provided. Please wear clothes suitable to get a little messy, or an apron if you have one! Participants are most welcome to take home any objects they make – please bring along a small box for this purpose.
Objects will not be fired.