2 day course: Touching Ground - Camden Art Centre

Touching Ground will explore how we can work with clay to bring attention to the body and senses. 

This two-day course led by Helen Felcey and Priska Falin is part of their ongoing collaboration as artist-researchers, exploring their shared interest in clay, the subtle senses and the body. Falin & Felcey’s work concentrates on the tactile experiences of clay as an embodied material.

During the course, attendees will discover how to work with clay in new ways – ways which emphasise ‘being with’ material and explore body-work with clay. The studio space will be set up to support individual’s body-work and to share excerpts and research from Touching Ground.

Through dwelling with the material, the sessions will attempt to tune into the clay’s qualities along with the subtler aspects of our individual sensory experience. Exploring clay as a supportive material, to draw us into the tactile world and the body.

This course aims to encourage personal discovery about body awareness through clay work – understanding how to come back to the body and explore the meaning of touching ground.

The pace will be slow and steady, giving time to enjoy the experience and find personal approaches, which can be explored beyond the workshop.

No prior experience of clay is required for this course. If you are interested in how clay might support your wellbeing or the wellbeing of others, this course will provide a good starting point.

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Additional information

The building is fully wheelchair accessible. Please visit our access page on our website for more information on getting here, parking and facilities.

Adults’ courses are 18+ unless otherwise stated.

Evidence of concessionary status must be shown on the first day of the course.

Booking on a course at Camden Art Centre signifies your agreement to our terms and conditions as stated in our Learning Agreement.

All materials and firing costs are included. Size restrictions apply.

Bookings are non-refundable and non-transferable, unless the course is cancelled by the Centre. See Learning Agreement for details.

For the safety and comfort of our course attendees and staff, and to ensure we are accessible to the most vulnerable we

  • Wearing a face covering in the building unless exempt.
  • Social distancing.
  • Following instructions given by a member of staff.
  • Please stay at home if you are feeling unwell.

The Artist

Helen Felcey is a ceramics–based artist and educator. Her professional experience traces a story of material practice intertwined with educational practice with re­search interests across craft, de­sign, and social wellbeing. She tutors at Liverpool Hope University and Manchester School of Art. Alongside her work in arts and education, Felcey is a trustee of Gomde UK Tibetan Buddhist Centre.

Priska Falin is an artist-researcher currently finalising her doctoral research at Aalto University, Finland. In her work, Falin explores ceramic materials and their processes from the experiential perspective. Falin understands clay as a being with – material that creates embodied connections through our sense perception. The core of her work engages with the ways we connect ourselves to the world through material encounters.