Oct 152019

Wild Clay Wednesdays – Summer 2019

Review by Dr Lu La Buzz

This summer I led a series of creative clay walks at Stover Country Park. They were a huge success. We had plenty of bookings with numbers growing week by week – undoubted proof that people want to learn more about Ball Clay. The hands-on nature of the sessions appealed to all ages. Young children attended with parents and grandparents – all of whom became playfully engaged with the clay.

For many participants, this was the first time they’d experienced clay on-site in its natural habitat. It was a joy to see them seek-out and harvest their own piece of Ball Clay. Hand pinched faces and forms naturally emerged as participants responded to the clay’s soft transformative nature. Some participants chose to create ephemeral art which they left onsite, whilst others took their work home with them, as a lasting momento of their experience. It was a powerfully  tactile experience for all, and an
honour for the clay to be acknowledged in this way.

A good majority of attendees lived in Bovey Tracey, others traveled from Teignmouth, Totnes and Plymouth. As well a young sparky children we had specialists in geology, geography, as well as creative practitioners and teachers. As evidenced below, participants thoroughly enjoyed the sessions and felt enriched by their wild clay encounter.

Such creative magic occurred between the group as we stepped into the stream barefoot and took that amazing clay in hand. X
Emma (participant, Totnes)

“Lu La is very passionate about clay and educating others about it. The walk was fascinating, engaging, creative and Magickal. We will be coming along to more of her events in future!”
Claire (participant, Newton Abbot)

I will be running further sessions during Autumn half term and Spring/Summer 2020. For further information please visit:  http://claysidecallings.eventbrite.com

Dr Lu La Buzz
Artist, Educator and Champion of Clay
Clayside Callings

With special thanks to Sibelco for sponsoring these events and Stover Country Park for granting permission to run them.