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Clay with Julia Rowntree and Duncan Hooson

In this episode, Anna talks to not one, but two experts this time on clay. Julia and Duncan form The Clayground Collective, an organisation seeking to change the world with clay. The conversation ranged from one of their early projects putting clay into every subject on the curriculum, to clay on Mars, and we finished off with Anna recreating her childhood out of clay.

About Julia and Duncan

Julia Rowntree is a producer, researcher and partnership director. She specialises in bringing people together across artforms, cultures, generations, sectors and professional expertise through projects with a focus on hand skills’ development. For 20 years prior to Clayground, she worked in local and international contexts as Development Director of the London International Festival of Theatre (LIFT) where she led several projects exploring the role of the arts in wider social and environmental change. Her book, Changing the Performance: A Companion Guide to Arts, Business and Civic Engagement was published by Routledge in 2006 in association with the National Endowment for Science, Technology and the Arts (NESTA). She is an awardee of NESTA and the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust.

Duncan Hooson has over 25 years experience teaching INSET/CPD and working as artist-in-residence in schools, colleges, museums, galleries, hospitals and hospices. As Head of Ceramics at Morley College, an adult education college, and as Associate Lecturer on the BA Honours degree in Ceramic Design at Central Saint Martins, he values the importance of life long learning. He has been the recipient of a number of awards for his work in education including the National Award for Art in Schools and the London 2012 INSPIRE mark. He is an effective and lively communicator on the radio, press interviews and television. As an artist, Duncan is most known for his large scale thrown ceramics, producing both sculptural forms and functional ware. He also works in mixed media and is an advocate of cross-arts collaboration. He works to private commission and in the public realm, healthcare, museums, libraries and media.

Find out more about the Clayground Collective’s work on their website, Twitter and Instagram.