Slab Building Ceramics Workshop

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Michael Moore Ceramics, Danish 1, Photo: Damien Maddock
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Link: Clay Field Video 
“What  exactly is ‘The Clay Field’?  It is a form of therapy developed by Heinz Deuser that has been in use in Germany and Europe for 40 years. It is a recognized therapy in its own right and involves a simple wooden box filled with clay. The movements and gestures of one’s hands at work or at rest can tell a story and by following the impulses of the hands one can unlock histories, traumas, and deeply held beliefs through a sensory-motor impulse experience.”
(Quote: Malley Weber, Hallowell Clay Works)
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Slab Building Workshop for Art Therapy Students 
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Photo: Preparation of slab clay pieces for art therapy students.
This workshop will introduce this hand built technique for making follow clay forms.
It will also allow for relief work and mark making on the surface of flat sheets of clay.
The technique of inlay and slip decoration will be examined as well as 3D constructions.
Participants will learn to make slabs of clay using the studio based slab roller and also by hand using a wire.
The latter will have an application in studio or workshops without a slab roller.
Participants can bring any combustible organic material that will make an impression into clay surface (eg. Leaves, twigs, seeds etc.)
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Photos: Preparation of slab clay pieces for art therapy students.
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: http://michaelmooreceramics.com
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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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