Clay Sculpture Workshops at Saxon Hall, Hereford
Tuesdays from 8th September - 2 Sessions - 10am and 1:30pm
Places are limited due to social distancing - Book your spot on Eventbrite
Or Join in with the Design phase from home - using our worksheets
In March 2020 we launched our 'Standing up for Peace Sculpture Project' at Saxon Hall, Hereford.
Then in July 2020, to mark and record our communities memories of lockdown, we began our 'Remember and Rebuild' monument.
Tutored by contemporary sculptor Rebecca Buck of Osprey Studios, workshop participants are exploring clay modelling.
With their thoughts on our themes of 'Peace' and 'Remember and Rebuild' being communicated through representative and abstract forms of special relevance to this local community and its social heritage.
Clay sculptures made during these community Workshops are inspiring and shaping the final architectural ceramic forms, garden landscaping and seating which will be placed at Saxon Hall on completion.
Rebecca brought this third scale model of our Sculpture to Saxon Hall in mid October.
The sculpture will be 2.2 meters high and a person can stand inside the internal space. The 'plinth' (which will be flush to the ground) has a flowing spiral on it, radiating from the form and
is 2 metres in diameter: our distancing space.
We are also making small clay models that will be set into the surface of the sculpture. And we are collecting drawings and writing to put on there too. There is still time to add yours!
Come and join us! The scale model of our sculpture is available for viewing every Tuesday at Saxon Hall between 10 am and 4pm.
Feedback is really valuable and helpful at this stage. You are also welcome to send comments on the sculpture to Rebecca by email at Osprey Studios.
Saxon Hall is a lovely Community Centre in Hereford that genuinely works to bring together a growing, diverse community. They have a beautiful, spacious garden tended with great care and skill by a range of volunteers.
Making a sculpture to celebrate the community was decided before the pandemic hit.
Our primary aim is that everyone involved will gain new skills, confidence, friendships and a sense of belonging. We are all getting good at doing that online these days because of the pandemic and lockdown.
Being online does make it quick and easy to exchange ideas and information to wider groups of people than might have been possible, with workshops held at Saxon Hall.
By pooling our ideas, art-work, research and images, our sculpture will have real relevance to the site. It will be a source of pride, status and inspiration.
Everyone is welcome and needed including those who do not want to do hands-on art-work. Collecting local historical Archive photos and stories is hugely useful.
Once the sculpture is ready, in a year or so, it will need people to help with the installation on-site and there will be a celebration and opening party to organise!
Modelling your ideas in Clay
Between now and November 2020 we need copies of your research findings, writing or photos of your ideas:
Use any materials, 2D or 3D, including writing, to work out your thoughts about Standing Up For Peace or Remember and Rebuild. You are welcome to create different ideas, for both monuments.
Send them to osprey.studios [at] btinternet [dot] com with ‘Saxon Hall Sculpture: Ideas’ in the subject box. Clearly label which monument your idea is for 'Standing up for Peace' or 'Remember and Rebuild'.
images and short text from local history about Saxon Hall and the local area especially if it relates to Peace, local people and the community
short text like sayings, stories, memories that can be carved onto the sculpture's surface
images of drawings, quick sketches, diagrams, photos, your clay models, notes or any other artwork that can be used to inspire and inform the design of the Sculpture
Many of these will also be carved into the surface of the sculpture to inspire the hope and feeling of belonging that we know matters so much.
Think of the things that bring you comfort, where friends, safety, security and companionship helped
Or funny moments that brought people together
Or tender moments where you felt peace all around you
Peace is made of many factors and it can be elusive, even easy to take for granted. But we all know it and share the need for it.
The image shown below was done by local people, for a Memorial Sculpture telling the story of their Community.
"Join in with this very special project! Let's use our experiences of keeping our communities safe and well during this difficult and intense time to make an inspiring community sculpture."
Rebecca Buck, Contemporary Clay Sculptor, Osprey Studios.