Thursday, January 25, 2018 - 09:45

People in St Austell are being invited to contribute to a “living wall” of clay to celebrate the town’s iconic china clay, also known as white gold, this weekend (January 27 and 28).

Budding ceramicists of all ages can come along to open days to make clay tiles which will be added to a large-scale collaborative work. The aim is for the artwork to be displayed in St Austell town centre.

The workshops will take place between midday and 3pm on Saturday (January 27) at White River Place and between 11am and 3pm on Sunday (January 28) at the Wheal Martyn Museum.

Creating the living wall will also give residents the opportunity to take part in conversations about china clay, art and the town’s public spaces. Organisers are hoping to get a better insight into people’s aspirations for the area and how the town and its surroundings can be enhanced.

This project is part of developing a public art action plan for Clay Town - a vision for a creative future covering the regeneration area of St Austell town, St Austell Bay and the china clay villages.

Clay Town aims to celebrate the heritage and local culture of china clay and use creativity to make it a big part of the area’s future.

The workshops are being run by Parasite Ceramics. Parasite are well known for making site-specific ceramic artworks and unique limited-edition bone china products. In the past they have been commissioned by the Crafts Council, the Wellcome Trust, the British Museum and the British Ceramic Biennial in Stoke.

Simeon Featherstone of Parasite Ceramics said: “The landscape around St Austell is a dazzling mixture of turquoise, emerald and white gold. Life has taken millions of years to transform hard granite into pure white clay, a mineral we have spent hundreds of years developing into decorative arts, utilitarian wares and architectural ornaments.

“Come and help Parasite Ceramics celebrate all that is Clay Town as we build a living wall of clay teeming with life. We’re inviting everyone to come and sculpt flowers and foliage by hand, as well as add your thoughts on how public art can help to make new connections and possibilities for the years ahead.”

The Whitegold project is an initiative of the St Austell Bay Economic Forum. The public consultation is supported by the Arts Council.

All activities are free of charge and open to everyone. No pre-booking is required.