Coiled Ceramics Workshop with Michael Moore, Belfast School of Art



Acrobat by Michael Moore 2008, Collection of the National Museum of Ireland. Photo: David Pauley

Wednesday, November 28th, Coiled Ceramics Hand-building Workshop with Michael Moore. 


Michael is a Reader in Fine and Applied Arts, Ceramics, Belfast School of Art.
Michael has been making Ceramic Art and has been involved in Art Education for over 30 years.
Periods of his career have included working with adults with learning and acquired psychiatric disabilities in a studio/workshop forum. His experience in these areas will be discussed during the workshop.
Michael has a BA in Art Education and an MA in Art History. Michael also holds a PgCert in Special Needs Training from the National University of Ireland.
To view Michael’s work, please visit his website:
References, Art Therapy and Clay


Catherine Hyland Moon, “Clay” from Materials and Media in Art Therapy
“Clay may be more suggestive than a blank piece of paper, because it requires visceral, sensual, and physical investment allowing it to be inhabited by the client…Clay always says “yes”; that is, it accepts, records, and reflects even the subtlest touch…The tactile messiness of clay is appealing to some clients, inviting playful exploration, but repulsive to others…Either reaction may be an outgrowth of clay’s propensity to foster an instinctive, potentially regressive response….The counterpart to clay’s regressive potential is its capacity to foster integration. Clay forms can be worked, reworked, repaired, destroyed, and rebuilt, thereby bringing together constructive and destructive processes. Clients can change their minds, symbolically reconciling differences…or repairing what has come apart, without leaving evidence of mistakes…Clay can also foster transformation. It can serve as a repository for intense feelings or a means for reparation through reconstruction…” (Catherine Hyland Moon, 2010).
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