Making Knowledge: CLAY

with Laura White and students from Goldsmiths College
At CUBITT Gallery and Studios

Tuesday 14th February, 2017

Making Knowledge: An Exploration of the Indissoluble Relationship between Mind, Body and Environment.

Think about:
• Only being in the process without thinking about what things will become.
• How physically engaging with a process can offer insight into the material (clay) and the form it takes, and inform an understanding of ceramics/clay/pottery and how it comes about.
• Handling materials and tools, such as to experience the sensory material of clay - smell, sound, texture, taste and movement, and its material instability.
• To explore our bodies physical and cognitive capacity when working with the clay.
• How the environment - material, people, furniture, tools and architecture we are in influences how we make/do things.
• Explore Knowledge-making as a dynamic process arising directly from the indissoluble relations, which exist between the mind, body and environment.
• How might this process yield new insights into how knowledge is generated, such as the social aspect of DIWO (doing it with others) to challenge our experience?
• What it means to Learn a new skill (working in clay) how that affects us beyond this space?

1. All start by picking some up some clay (cut equal sizes for everyone) and 'play' with it to talk about its qualities – Can you stretch it? How firm is it?(what is it made of?)
How does it smell? How does it move? What does it taste of? What does it sound like? How stable is it?
Think about the qualities of the clay – what can it do and what can’t it do?

2. Quick interactions:
a. Make something as long as possible just using your hands and without the clay having contact with anything other than your body.
b. Make sounds with the clay.
c. Make something as thin as possible, until it almost breaks. How thin can you make it without it falling/breaking apart?
d. In pairs sculpt clay around parts of the others body? (How can you use your body to manipulate the clay other than with your hands?)

3. Make something Tall or make something Wide. Work on your own, in pairs or groups. At the end we will join all the parts together.

See it as a process - always keep open to change. Watch others making, respond to materials as much as imposing yourself on them.

The outcome will be a product of the process. Everything will be destroyed at the end.

Video: Laura White: Making knowledge: Clay. Studio 5, Cubitt London.