What makes St Austell and Clay Country special? What is it like as a place? Who lives there? Artists are able to answer these questions in unique way, showing us different perspectives on what we think we know and telling us what we don’t know – the hidden stories of the clay. This is why Austell Project: Ceramic has commissioned 14 talented artists to create long-lived and accessible artworks in and around St Austell – to tell the stories of the clay.
Created in conversation with local people these artworks range from small details in the street, like a ceramic hanging sign above a cafe, to plans for one of the most ambitious ceramic sculptures in the UK.
These commissions are designed to enhance the environment, to encourage local people to more take pride in their story and to share these stories with the world. Working with young talent on our doorstep and reaching out globally to learn from the best artists in the world, we want St Austell to be a major centre for creativity in clay and we hope these artworks are the start of that process, enriching our cultural and social life for years to come.