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Common Clay presents Common Ware at PEER

18 October – 20 October
Friday to Sunday 12:00 – 18:00

Opening: 17 October, 18:00 – 20:00


As part of Art Licks Weekend 2019, Common Clay – a Hastings-based ceramics studio – present Common Ware, an exhibition at PEER showcasing ceramic multiples made by members and associates of the studio alongside an immersive sound piece and daily artist led workshops. 

Nine artists have made a ceramic work in multiples of fifteen, designed for everyday use. To unify this collection of works, and to reflect the creative community central to their collective philosophy, each artist has considered the importance of self-care in the everyday and the therapeutic quality of working with clay. This thinking process is the means by which the handmade ceramic objects have been created. Ambient electronic sound work by noch emanating from a ceramic vessel further creates a reflective space for visitors to view the works and engage with the material.

Each day of the exhibition between 13:00 – 17:00 there will be a free drop-in workshop led by a participating artist for members of the public to join in with. Each workshop will revolve around creating things with clay and will encourage participants to explore mindfulness, sensations and personal hopes.

The multiple artworks, which at the end of the exhibition will be packed into wooden boxes, will be exchanged between the artists as a gesture of communal making and sharing, an extension of Common Clay’s ethos. The remaining six boxes will be available for sale to help fund future projects by the ceramics studio.


Friday 18th October, 13:00 – 16:00
Light Workshop with Silas Money – Foreshadowing is a narrative device used in film whereby the audience are given a hint of what is to come. Taking this idea as a starting point this workshop invites participants to explore and project personal hopes and dreams through clay, light and shadow.

Saturday 19th October, 14:00 – 17:00
Feel Workshop with Maya Shapiro-Steen – Exploring the importance of touch in mindfulness and self-care, this workshop investigates the sensory qualities of clay. There will be clay available to shape and feel with different temperatures, textures and scents.

Sunday 20th October, 13:00 – 16:00
Listen Workshop with Jeni Johnson – You are invited to explore the exhibition with a sound funnel. Focus on the sounds you can hear, how those sounds relate to the works on show, and what you feel or think? Imagine a sound made by each object, and express that sound in shapes or words on the prepared clay slabs, using coloured slips, marks and stencils.


About Common Clay

Common Clay offers open-access membership for artists working on their own projects alongside a public programme of: community workshops, beginners’ classes, socials, exhibitions and artist residencies. The studio encourages a mix of artists and makers to exchange skills and experiences in a shared, cooperative environment. In the studio there are photographers, sculptors, painters, potters, teachers, filmmakers, illustrators, carers, and council workers. Membership and ceramic sessions are sometimes paid through skill swap and trading services; for example people have paid with childcare, sign writing, hairdressing and artworks. This alternative currency promotes trust and friendship in the studio, whilst giving flexibility and openness to the structure.

Artist Information

Becky Beasley – Becky works with photography and sculpture. She recently received the Paul Hamlyn Foundation Award and has had solo exhibitions at Towner Art Gallery, Tate Britain (Art Now), Stanley Picker Gallery, and produced solo live projects at Serpentine Pavilion and South London Gallery.

Benjamin Phillips– Benjamin is an artist and illustrator. He studied at Brighton University, and was recently an Illustrator in Residence at The Other Art Fair, London. 

Carla Wright – Carla is visual artist and workshop facilitator. She runs the ceramics studio Common Clay and is part of the artist group Vulpes Vulpes. She studied Fine Art at Bath Spa University and Chelsea College of Art.

Faye Moorhouse – Faye is a painter and illustrator. She studied at UCA - University of the Creative Arts, Maidstone. She paints dogs, naked people and beast attacks.  

Jack Strange – Jack makes sculptures, drawings, videos, photography and mixed-media installations.  He is represented by Tanya Bonakdar Gallery, New York. He also teaches BA Sculpture at Slade School of Art, London.

Jeni Johnson – Jeni makes sculpture and painting. She studied Fine Art at Kingston University. She has shown her work as part of Folkestone Triennial with Bob and Roberta Smith, Towner Art Gallery, Four Corners Gallery and Stanley Picker Gallery.

Maya Shapiro-Steen – Maya studied Painting at Slade School of Art, and then Anthropology at UCL. She works as an artist support worker at Project Artworks, assisting artists with complex needs. 

Noch – aka Adam Burton, makes electronic music. Recent performances include Yarmonics Festival 2018, Great Yarmouth, and Living Outside at The Library, Oxford. 

Silas Money – Silas studied Animation at the Royal College of Art, London. He currently teaches Art Foundation at East Sussex College. 

Rowan Corkill – Rowan makes sculptural works through taxidermy techniques. He studied Photography & Electronic Media at Robert Gordons University, Aberdeen, and Sound Art & Design at Duncan of Jordanston University, Dundee. He is represented by Luisa Catucci Gallery, Berlin.

About Art Licks Weekend

The Art Licks Weekend is an annual festival that celebrates the activity of artist-led and non-profit project spaces across London; it launched in 2013 and is part of the larger organisation, Art Licks. For its seventh year, the Art Licks Weekend (17–20 October 2019) takes on the theme of Interdependence: considering how participating projects work within a network of friendship, exchange and shared dialogue.

Visit Standpoint

Art Licks Weekend continues at Standpoint – 5 minutes walk from PEER – where Caraboo Projects, a non-profit contemporary art organisation, will be presenting The Wagon a record of encounters, exchanges and observations made on their 160 mile journey from their base in Bristol.