Collective Matter's Creative Clay Workshop

Help us build a new creative clay space at our Bermondsey Studio, where anyone and everyone can play and learn with clay.

We did it!

On 9th Nov 2017 we successfully raised £3,815 with 57 supporters in 28 days

We are Collective Matter and we're asking for your help to build a new creative clay space at our Bermondsey Studio, where anyone and everyone can play and learn with clay.

First, a bit about who we are and the aim of our project:

Collective Matter is made up of three artists - Eva Masterman, Katie Spragg and Mary O'Malley - we have been working together using clay as a tool for social engagement for the last year. We completed our first major project together earlier this year, where we worked with the Tate Modern and engaged with over 150 participants across two boroughs, including numerous community groups, schools and colleges. This project really proved to us the importance giving people the opportunity to work with their hands and clay’s ability inspire, break down inhibition and facilitate conversations.

In March 2017 we moved into a permanent home at Sugarhouse Studios with the Turner Prize winning arts-architecture group Assemble. With a small loan and two borrowed kilns we’ve been able to create a modest studio space but are in need of more funds to complete our larger vision. In order to build a space where we can invite the local community, other artists and you to come and use the space, and learn and experience clay practice, we need your help.


Our ambition is to create a fully equipped clay workshop that facilitates public workshops, community engagement, as well as a funded residency program for professional creatives. We want to create a welcoming and creative environment for people to come together, learn and explore clay.

To realise this multi-purpose space, we need facilities and equipment. This includes custom-built workbenches and storage, specialist equipment such as kilns (including a test kiln to reduce our energy consumption), throwing wheels, clay modelling tools, paintbrushes, banding wheels, materials such as decorating slips and glazes, and studio essentials including a mop and bins!

This is where you come in:

Please help us transform our space and realise our ambition - donate whatever you can.

To thank-you for your support we have a range of rewards:

- we are offering the opportunity to be part of our inaugural workshops - from small group classes to private lessons
- or you can sponsor a tool or piece of equipment - we will add your name (etched into the object or with a plaque) to intergeral parts of the workshop from a paintbrush to a huge kiln.

Thank you so much for taking the time to read about our project. If you'd like to help create a space that continues to keep creative education accessible to all, please donate and we look forward to meeting you at our future workshops!

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REWARDS:

Workshops:

  •  Children’s workshop - £28

Ages 5-8

(Max 8 children in the group)

Duration: 2.5 hours

Give a child you know the opportunity to come and work with clay for the afternoon. Children will learn basic clay-working skills, get the chance to paint their creations and have the opportunity to try throwing on the potter’s wheel. Finished pieces be fired in the kiln and available to collect after the workshop.

  • Family/Children’s Clay Party - £375

(Private: Max 8 people in the group)

Duration: 2 hours

Treat yourself or someone you know to a clay workshop for their birthday party.  You can invite and bring along up to 8 people to come and celebrate and make things in clay. Guests will learn basic clay-working skills, get the chance to paint their creations and have the opportunity to try throwing on the potter’s wheel. Finished pieces will be fired in the kiln and available to collect after the workshop.

  • Introduction to Ceramics Workshop - £35

(Max 8 people in the group)

Duration: 2.5 hours

Learn the basics of working with clay. You will be shown fundamental hand-building skills including pinching, slab-building and joining clay as well as an opportunity to try throwing on the potter’s wheel and decorate your pieces with coloured slips. Finished pieces be fired in the kiln and available to collect after the workshop.

  • Kintsugi Workshop -  £40 

(Max 10 people in the group)

Duration: 2.5 hours

Join Collective Matter in Learning about our connection with objects. Using the technique of kintsugi, explore the journey an object takes. Create new heirlooms that reflect your journey and culture.

  • Make your own Decal-Collage Plate and Mug - £45

(Max 8 people in the group)

Duration: 2.5 hours

Learn about the process of digital ceramic transfers (also known as decals). You will have your own ready-made bone china plate and mug to decorate and collage with a selection of Katie Spragg’s illustrations and/or block colours that you can cut into any shape. The piece will then be fired in the kiln to make the images permanent and dishwasher safe and will available to collect after the workshop.

  • Introduction in body casting - £45

(Max 8 people in the group)

Duration: 2.5 hours

In this short introductory workshop, you’ll be introduced to safe and fun processes of body casting. Using alginate and mod roc, we’ll cast any part of your body you like (within reason, there may be children present!) and you will walk away with a plaster replica of your own body parts. This is a great activity for children and families.

  • Surface decoration techniques workshop - £60

(Max 8 people in the group)

Duration: 2.5 hours

Learn a series of surface techniques for decorating clay using coloured slips, oxide and resists. You will have chance to try processes including scrafitto, stenciling, mono-printing, water-resist and inlay. At the end of the session you can choose two finished tiles to be fired in the kiln and collected after the the workshop.

  • Making Nature with Mary O’Malley - £150

(Max 8 people in the group)

Duration: 1 day

Join Mary on an exploratory workshops through the urban environment of Bermondsey and the natural beauty of Southwark Park, the Galleywall Nature Reserve, and the Stave Hill Ecological Park, before returning to the workshop to create nature-inspired sculpture.

  • Japanese Tea Bowl Workshop - £150

(Max 8 people in the group)

Duration: 2 half days

Using the ancient method of Japanese Tea Bowl craftsmanship, create your own personal bowl. During the first session, you will make your own Raku clay, be introduced to the history and ceremonies surrounding this ancient technique and create your bowl using traditional techniques. These will then be left at the studio and fired for the next session.

The second session will be a live firing event where your piece will be transformed using fire and sawdust! Watch the magic of the kiln change your piece before your eyes and create your own little bit of personalised Japanese history.

  • Mould Making with Eva Masterman - £200

(Max 8 people in the group)

Duration: 2 days

Make your own silicone rubber mould of an object of your choice. Materials supplied.

Silicone rubber mould-making is an incredibly useful and versatile process. It allows you to cast complex objects, capturing incredible detail, multiple times. This workshop will take you step by step through the process of silicone jacket mould-making, a technique used in foundries and the prop industry world-wide.

We ask that you bring an object that is no bigger than 20x20x20cm (no fabric).

  • Couple Throwing Lessons - £250

(Private 2 people)

Duration: 2 x half days

In a two-part workshops, come and channel Demi and Patrick and learn the basics of throwing such as centring and making basic shapes on the wheel through one on one intensive instruction. The first class will be throwing and the second will be trimming. 

  • Individual Throwing Lessons - £800

(One to one only)

Duration: 2 x half days

In a two-part workshops, Learn the basics of throwing such as centring and making basic shapes on the wheel through one on one intensive instruction. The first class will be throwing and the second will be trimming.

  • Private Making Nature with Katie Spragg - £1500

(Private: Max 4 people)

Duration: 1 day

A special experience for you and up to 3 friends or family to spend the day looking at nature through the eyes of an artist and learning techniques for drawing and modelling nature yourself with dedicated tuition. The morning will be spent on a nature walk, exploring the local area and learning how artist Katie Spragg interprets our relationship with nature.

The afternoon will bring us back to the studio, where you will learn techniques for how to model nature from clay and porcelain, creating a small piece inspired by the walk that will be fired in the kiln and available to collect after the workshop.

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Sponsor a…. and get your name in the Wonderful Workshop of Collective Matter!

  • Sponsor a paint brush -  £5

Every time a workshop participant dabs a blob of slurry, paints a splash of slip or applies a swoosh of glaze, you will be remembered. Your name forever sharpie-d onto a paintbrush.

  • Donate a kidney - £10

Sponsor a rubber kidney! A tenner will get your name on this essential tool for smoothing out creases and lumps in clay.

  • Sponsor a rolling pin - £15

£15 will get your name permanently etched on the end of a rolling pin.

  • Sponsor a stool - £25 

Bums need seats and this one will have your name on it. Like at the theatre or football ground but grubbier and more fun.

  • Sponsor an industrial mop and bucket - £40

Let us think of you every time we mop away the clay and dust. The ‘YOUR NAME HERE’ mop. Donate as a pair and we’ll put one of your names on the mop and one on the bucket and you can be thanked together!

  • Sponsor a set of accurate digital scales - £100

You could be the one responsible for using being able to weigh out accurate measurements of glaze materials and teach advanced glazing techniques. We’ll stick your name on the scales.

  • Sponsor a banding wheels - £120

As well as being a standard clay-studio bit of kit, these are especially useful when working with elderly people or people with disabilities where its easier to raise the work up to their eye level. We will etch your name onto the metal wheel.

  • Sponsor a test kiln - £500

In addition to our huge kiln we hope to purchase a second-hand test kiln. So we can fire small quantities and lower our energy consumption. Do you want your name on this useful piece of kit?

  • Sponsor a throwing wheel - £600 

It’s what everyone thinks of when you mention ceramics - the potter’s wheel. We hope to get two second-hand throwing wheels so we can offer teaching of this ancient skill. The ‘YOUR NAME HERE’ throwing wheel.

  • Sponsor a work bench - £300 x 4

We have plans to make special work benches on wheels so they can moved and adjusted depending on how we are using the space. Sponsor these benches and have your name added with a custom made ceramic plaque.

  • Sponsor our big second hand kiln - £2,000

Have our gorgeous, huge, big-boy kiln named after you and your name permanently emblazoned onto it with a custom made ceramic plaque. The ‘YOUR NAME HERE’ kiln - you’ll be famous and we’ll thank you every time we load it up with precious pieces!


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And Last But Not Least....Commissioned artwork by EVA, KATIE or MARY

Commissioned Artwork by Katie Spragg - £3000

Your chance to commission your very own personal artwork by Katie Spragg. You will have the opportunity to meet with Katie and discuss what piece you would like, in the style of her current work. Once you have agreed on the piece and the plants to be featured, Katie will then create your artwork.

The artwork will be approximately 15 x 30 x 22 cm and made predominantly from porcelain. It will be similar in size and scope to one of these pieces.

www.katiespragg.com

Commissioned Artwork by Eva Masterman - £3000

Your chance to commission your very own personal artwork by Eva Masterman. You will have the opportunity to meet with Eva and discuss a site-specific work for your home, in the style of her current work. Once you have agreed on the concept and which elements are to be included, Eva will then create your artwork.

The artwork will be up to 50 x 50 x 50 cm and can include up to 3 elements.

www.evamasterman.com

Commissioned Artwork by Mary O’Malley - £3000

Your chance to commission your very own personal artwork by Mary O’Malley. You will have the opportunity to meet with Mary and discuss what piece you would like, in the style of her current work. Once you have agreed on the style and decoration to be featured, Mary will then create your artwork.

The artwork will be approximately 15 x 30 x 20 cm. It will be similar in size and scope to one of these pieces.

https://www.maryomalley.co.uk/bottom-feeders

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