On Holding: In-Person Neighbourhood Walk and Clay Sculpture Workshop

In conjunction with Gailan Ngan’s current exhibition, From The Studio Floor, Esker Foundation presents: on holding, a workshop that acts as a reminder that materials are always held, because they will always land somewhere.

Led by artist Lauren Chipeur, participants will use raw clay from southern Saskatchewan to hand-build a vessel, container or sculpture that holds an object (natural item, piece of trash/treasure, etc.) collected during a neighbourhood walk near the Esker Foundation in Inglewood. Participants will also learn how to identify clay in nature, and simple ways to process found clay.

Lauren Chipeur is an artist based in Calgary on Treaty 7 Territory. She makes material and site-responsive installations using ceramic processes as a way to untangle the complexity of the material world.

This workshop will take place in 2 parts with a break in between:

  • Part 1, 11am-1pm: Meet at Esker Foundation. Neighbourhood walk, collection of objects.
  • 1-1:30pm: Lunch break. Participants are asked to bring a packed lunch, or plan to purchase lunch near to Esker Foundation. Some snacks will be provided.
  • Part 2, 1:30-3:30pm: Making a vessel with clay at Esker Foundation.

Please dress according to the weather. If weather conditions are unfavourable, we will host Part 1 at the gallery, and we will ask that you bring a found object to the workshop. Participants will be notified in advance.

All ages and skill levels are welcome including children and youth; activities will be geared to everyone, ages 6+. All attendees must be registered, to a maximum of 20 participants. 

For questions contact: [email protected]

Image: Lauren collecting clay in Eastend, SK, 2020. Courtesy of the artist.

August 13th, 2022 at 11am-3:30pm