Happy January! I have added the sessions for the mindfulness clay workshop for the rest of the year. The next session is 30 January and this is a great way to welcome in the new year. It’s a perfect way to make a fresh start with your creativity.
This clay creativity workshop is held via Zoom in the comfort of your own home and focuses on intuitive making in clay.
Working with clay in this way is a really beautiful way of getting to know your creativity, so is ideal both for beginners in clay or more experienced makers.
We use high quality air dry clay, which is sent to you prior to event, or you are welcome to bring your own if you want to: please select the appropriate option from the my website shop and allow up to a week for UK postage.
It has been a long time in the making! Working throughout lockdown and the navigation has been full of pitfalls, but the consultation and public engagement project at Shepreth station is finally installed. It is great to be able to realise the completion of the public consultation for Shepreth train station.
Some press information:
The theme for the artwork is natural habitats and references the work of Shepreth Wildlife Park. The material used is printed di-bond aluminium sheeting, installed in the seating alcoves of Shepreth Station. This material gives a bright and joyful finish and fits well with the spirit of openness at the wildlife park. The sheeting is hardwearing, lightweight and has minimal ongoing maintenance requirements.
Introducing nature themes into stations is recognised to improve wellbeing and passenger experience. The Station itself is a habitat, represents migration as well as being a resting point before onward travel. The theme of natural habitats brings human and animal habitats together in harmony and provides a relaxing experience for human travellers.
Fundamental to the surface design for the shapes is the selection of key motifs that dovetail with the key theme and the work of the Wildlife Park. The focus is:
Platform 2: The Hedgehog sanctuary. This is an in-situ project run by the wildlife park that fits well with the waiting areas as they are a safe space. The effect is to create a shared native habitat that protects commuters and shelters them from the elements.
Platform 1: The Red Panda is friendly and a welcoming image for trainpassengers in waitingareas. It highlights an ex-situ programme, Red Panda Day, which raises funds to support conservation projects across the wildlife park’s range. The image of the Red Panda connects with the Red Panda breading programme at the Wildlife Park and the associated feelings of fruitfulness, happiness and wellbeing.
Sarah Core is an artist working both in gallery settings and in crossover spaces. Sarah was the lead artist on the work for Shepreth station, which was developed collaboratively with fellow artist, Carole Sender. As an educator and speaker Sarah specializes in conceiving and producing clay workshops, inviting participants to enjoy the power of their own creative endeavour. She delivers complex community projects not only with clay and ceramics but different materials that meet the requirements of context in which they are placed. These all focus on improvement and enhancement of environment and the lives of local people.
How is the making of a new page for the website worthy of a blog post? Well, because I’d be lying if I said it didn’t surprise me how straightforward it was. The complexity of the ways in which I have worked with clay in engagement projects has only now been given clarity.
Recently I have been investigating the latest research in Arts for Health and Participation art and it seems that I was ahead of the curve on this. Measuring the value and impact of these engagements on a national scale has been outside of my scope but I am fortunate that this has been going on amongst key innovators and influencers in this field, in the guise of Clayground Collective and their directors Duncan Hooson and Julia Rowntree in 2012/13.
My own work has my own maker’s mark on, if you will, working with groups in a more intimate way, in a kind of off-grid way but still in the public realm; it’s focus remains the celebration of the power of making to transform lives.
The driving force behind this post, though, is really the capacity for distillation: to write one page that distills a huge breadth and depth of work and maintains an overview has been a small revelation to me, and worthy of sharing.
Take a look at the new page! https://www.sarahcorearts.com/about-2/educator/
I was invited by the Joy of Sound (an arts for wellbeing organisation) to take part in their Inclusive Combined Arts Workshops programme. The workshop took place in June.
We welcomed those with diverse physical, mental and social needs and working with volunteers and art therapists, the workshop celebrated house and home. Images and feelings associated with home were explored visually in surface and relief making by participants and facilitators. The aims for the workshop were to imagine and re-imagine images of home that we could all share and celebrate together. Different methods of making allowed everybody to be included in the making of model homes, working with soft clay – air dry – tiles in two colours, the group worked together to add or to carve into the tiles. The model homes were saved towards the end of the workshop series.