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Social Engagement

Share how you are engaging your community with clay using #NCWsocialengagement

Community Outreach and Social Engagement Project Award

The Winner is: 

Gina Tibbott  -- Website

This image shows the kiln in the course of excavation. I included this image because you can see wares being pulled from the collapse from within the combustion chamber -- a great example of an archaeological form being tied to a production site. Photo by Steven Ellis.
This is the form that was known to have been fired in this kiln - this small, handle-less cup form was made over a 200 year time period in Pompeii, and is commonly found at several other contemporaneous sites as well. While the kiln also contained other forms, including small jugs and votives, this form was the most common. I've included this image because there will be at least one firing in this kiln that will be just these forms. The one pictured here is a bit deformed and bloated from getting dumped into the kiln's combustion chamber during its final firing.
 Sectional reconstruction of the pre-Roman kiln proposed for reconstruction. Labeled parts are as follows: (1) Refractory mortar and tile lower chamber, built directly into shored-up dirt base. (2) Draft or draw constructed out of a terra cotta tube embedded into (3) stone retaining wall. (4) ‘Bag’ wall, or protective wall, built inside kiln’s upper chamber and placed in front of draw to lessen the effects of thermal shock and to guide kiln’s internal flame in a specific direction. (6) central support column for kiln floor and upper chamber – in this design, the central column was formed of a recycled amphora neck and shoulders, packed with raw clay and topped with a brick-sized raw clay slab. Using the pre-fired amphora neck was likely a bid to take advantage of the strength of ceramic material that had already been fired before the central column’s raw clay was vitrified. (10) Kiln floor, which was cut into quarters prior to installation, and perforated with (5) ventilation holes, wh
Photograph of the pre-Roman kiln excavated by the University of Cincinnati’s Pompeii Archaeological Research Project: Porta Stabia in 2012. The kiln was built up against a retaining wall, seen at the top and right side of the image, which was later used as a foundation for later standing architecture. The kiln consisted of a rounded combustion chamber with a central column made from a repurposed amphora that supported a round, four-part slab floor with perforations. Photograph by Kevin Dicus.
Project Canary - The Real Life Repercussions of Politics
  • Share Your Story:
    We invite you, as a person living under our current legislation, to share your personal story of injustice.  Stories will be posted anonymously.


  • Create Objects:
    You can create small objects inspired by the collected stories. Clay objects have been formed by human hands for millennia as a vehicle to tell stories and serve a function in society.


  • Place your objects for someone to find: 
    Stamp the story number into your object and tag with info about Project Canary.  Friday October 14th we ask that folks place their objects in public places for people to find, connecting them with another persons story.   #projectcanary #projectcanaryfind.


  • Organize a Work Day:
    In order to allow as many people as possible to participate, local artists can organize community work days.  Submit your event information for our local listing.

Cups of Conversation- Strangers Sharing Conversation Over Handmade
  • 50 Artists, 50 States, 50 Conversations:
    An artist from each state will be going out and having a conversation with someone who knows nothing about ceramics. These conversations will be documented and shared with everyone using  #cupsofconversation and #nationalclayweek on Instagram and Facebook.


  • Share your story:
    Explore your community while sharing a conversation and a handmade object with someone new. Take photos or record a video and share the results using #cupsofconversation and #nationalclayweek on I
    nstagram and Facebook.

  • Watch and Enjoy:
    The @nationalclayweek Instagram account will highlight some of these stories and experiences. Watch as people come together and experience the handmade object.

Social Craft Marathon Live- Hosted by SECC
  • 8 hours of Live Conversations, Videos, Critique, and Presentations on Socially Engaged Craft

  • 4pm - 12am EST -- Click the button below between these times!

    4pm      What is Socially Engaged Craft?
    5pm      Participation and Collaboration
    6pm      Context
    7pm      Critique
    8pm      The Role of the Object
    9pm      Failure, Success, and Fear
    10pm    The Institution
    11pm    SURPRISE HOUR!

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