Words by Libby Milla
HisTree/HerTree/TheirTree History Tree of Life is an online clay making workshop designed specifically for members of the St Blazey community to enjoy from the comfort of their own homes. Suitable for all ages and abilities, you will just need to clear a space on the kitchen table and login to Zoom!
The workshop engages participants in an exploration and celebration of St Blazey family histories, the connections between generations and relationships between the people of St Blazey with the clay and the local mining industry.
Participants will learn how to sculpt with paperclay to make a basic tree shape with branches onto which they will be able to add family portraits, favourite pets, animals, or anything else that is important to them and their family. Look around at objects in your home or your relations and neighbour’s homes that are important to your local community history and use them as inspiration for your tree.
The workshop will be hosted by Whitegold Project on Zoom and Duncan and Claire from Clayground Collective will introduce the project, show participants what to do and engage participants in gentle chat over approximately 2 hours.
This event is specifically for the St Blazey community nr St Austell, Cornwall. After you have signed up you will receive further information on collecting or receiving the materials you will need to take part.
Clayground Collective are London based artists who are internationally known for working collaboratively to engage communities through clay. As part of the Whitegold International Prize they are working together with St Blazey Community Café on the HisTree/HerTree project with the idea of creating a large scale Tree of Life that will represent St Blazey as part of the Whitegold Festival on 26th June 2021.