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Join ceramic artist Julia Ellen Lancaster to learn how to process your own wild clay. Make a hand-built pot/sculpture using wild clay dug from the cliffs of the Kent coast. (All clay and tools provided) 

Julia Ellen Lancaster is an artist working with clay and ceramics. Although informed by the long history of working with clay, water and heat, Lancaster chooses to expand the material’s capabilities through sculptural forms and techniques that push its capabilities beyond that of the traditional vessel. Her work is often located in a place or a space, imbued with visual references of that space. Often, she engages with communities to introduce clay as a creative tool for narrative and self-advocacy. Lancaster has undertaken development residencies, including with Troy Town Pottery, London; Leach Pottery, St Ives and Youkobo Art Space, Tokyo and was selected for the Leach 100 Centenary Celebrations of Bernard Leach and Shoji Hamada in 2020 and 2021. She also runs a series of seminars, ‘Clay in Conversation’, in partnership with the Centre for Ceramics Research (CREAM) at Westminster University. 

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