Clay happiness: Narratives Between Terra, Humanity and Environment Article by Heekyung Lee

“William Morris (1834-1896)…pointed out that the process of making something of their own will stimulates people’s happiness. As archaeology shows, humans have been creating numerous types of art in the process of bringing out and expressing their wishes related to their well-being, to a variety of materials, thus, releasing themselves from the anxieties and insecurities they felt from their environment. One of the most frequently used was clay.”

This review of a show that focuses on terracotta in ceramic Art and Perception is really poignant for me right now. So if William Morris was ok with clay and wellbeing, who is to say it needs to be hidden away and conceptualised in a post-modern anxiety?

This takes us right back to the beginning about art and wellbeing for me. The two are so integrated for me it’s a no-brainer. It doesn’t mean there is no rigour in reflection and the endless reinvention possible with clay, a material that endures through the whole of civilisation, is foremost. To share this, how amazing!

Of course my regular visits to the British Museum lately are no coincidence to these reflections, maybe??



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