Clay, Cups and Conversations - Camden Art Centre

North London Cares with Alice Foxen

Between November 2022 and January 2023, Alice Foxen is collaborating with neighbours from North London Cares community to create functional ceramic wares, which can be used for sharing a cup and conversation.

During the sessions, taking place in our ceramic studio, the group will learn ceramic hand-building techniques from pinching, coiling and slab building.

Exploring the ceramics we use every day and how they can be used to bring people together, we will work together to produce a new range of functional wares such as mugs, cups and saucers, milk jugs, sugar bowls and plates. These will be painted and glazed in the group’s personal styles to map their stories, interests and experiences.

Everything made in the sessions can then be taken home for the group to use in their homes and with neighbours.

The Artist North London Cares

Alice Foxen

Alice Foxen is an artist working in clay and other materials. Her work is inspired by seeing the beauty in the stuff other people don’t notice. Growing up in a city has driven a lifelong search for discarded objects and materials found in public space.

Her love for making has taken her to residencies at the International Ceramic Research Centre in Denmark and The Vermont Studio Centre in the USA. Her work has been shown at the British Ceramics Biennale and internationally in group exhibitions. This summer she graduated with an MA in Ceramics and Glass from the Royal College of Art. While studying at the RCA, Alice’s material journey has developed through playful material research. She continues this journey from her studio in Bermondsey.

North London Cares

North London Cares brings people together in Camden and Islington, across generations, backgrounds and experiences to build community and connection. North London Cares is a community network of young people and older neighbours hanging out and helping one another in our rapidly changing city, aiming to reduce isolation and loneliness in North London. Bringing people together to reduce the gaps across social, generational, digital, cultural and attitudinal divides.

They do this through Social Clubs, regular group activities for older and younger neighbours to come together, from yoga to jazz clubs and trips to the cinema to acting workshops. They also run Your Neighbour, matching younger and older neighbours together to provide company, conversation and companionship in the older neighbour’s home or through regular phone calls. Specifically for older neighbours who rarely leave the house, due to issues with mobility or a lack of confidence through isolation.