London based artists Clayground Collective who are internationally known for working collaboratively to engage communities through clay, are working together with community groups in St Austell on a project called A Walk on the Wildside.
In February, community members of Edible St Austell and the Ceramicists of the Clays and the Bay (CCB) came together with Duncan Hooson and Claire West in an online workshop to make clay Choughs. The Choughs, made of paper clay and embedded with seeds, can now be seen around the bases of the fruit trees in Linear Park. Designed to attract the attention of passersby, these distinctive black and red birds will be left to gently decompose, providing bird food and becoming part of nature’s way of distributing and cultivating plants.
Participants in the workshop commented:
“It was a brilliant way to feel connected and creative with others in these strange times!”
“I don’t have a lot of experience working with clay, but I am a budding ceramicist. I enjoy making animal sculptures, so this was a wonderful experience.”
Edible St Austell would like to draw people’s attention to more fruit trees on their trail and are inviting anyone in the St Austell area to take part in a second workshop to make even more choughs!