Gathering Ground Community Crockery Project
Project: The creation of a hand-made 90-piece community crockery set. Designed to express the diversity & heritage of the community who live, work & visit the canal area.
This project was funded by Glasgow Canal Co-operative, on behalf of Glasgow City Council, from the National Lottery Heritage Fund.
The purpose of the fund was to support and empower the local community to explore and unlock the canal’s rich history and create exciting new activities across the area.
Gathering Ground are creating a 90 Piece hand-thrown community crockery set (consisting of plates, bowls, saucers, mugs & sharing platters). These pieces will be made by Kevin Callaghan, an award-winning sculptor based in Glasgow Sculpture Studio.
Exploring the heritage of the canal area through the memories, feelings and experiences of the local community & visitors as they have lived, worked & played around the area.
Through storytelling and sharing we will explore how people identify with the Canal District transferring these discoveries into everlasting pieces of hand-thrown crockery to be shared with the local community.
The crockery set will be displayed at Gathering Ground in Old Basin House but will be available to borrow by local community members.
As the pieces are continuously used it will bring memories of the past into the present and inspire what the meaning of community & heritage is for the future.
The local community will be involved through all stages of the creative and practical journey.
- Explore: The heritage of the canal area through the memories, feelings and experiences of the local community & visitors as they have lived, worked & played around the canal area.
- Storytelling: Tell the stories & memories of people in the Canal area transferring these discoveries into forever pieces of hand-thrown crockery to be shared with the local community.
- Sharing: The crockery set will be displayed at Gathering Ground in Old Basin House & will be available to borrow by local community members.
- Memories: Bringing memories of the past into the present and inspire what the meaning of community & heritage is for the future.
How you can Participate
- Initially, our idea was to run a series of community workshops to get people physically involved in the creation of the crockery. However, like with many things, 2020 had other plans and we have re-developed the project to make it more Covid-friendly!
- We have put together at-home project packs that we will be sending out to registered participants w/b 14th December.
- These will allow you to take part in various elements of the project and weave through your ideas in an equally meaningful way.
Your Take-away Project Pack
- Community Crockery Project Info Card (Adults & Kids Version!)
- Instruction Card
- 2x Canal Heritage Postcard Activity: Use this postcard to share with us what springs to mind when you think of the canal area. A sentence, a drawing or even a few lines of poetry. We will collect these collective ideas & transfer them onto the crockery set using decals.
- 1x Paint at Home Crockery Activity: We couldn’t meet physically for a hands-on activity & didn’t want to lose this practical element of our project. We have partnered with ‘The Craft Pottery’ to include their Paint at Home Pottery kits. Each participant will receive 1x Paint at Home Kit with all the tools to help you design your piece of crockery*
*Paint-at-home Kits are limited to 20 and will be allocated on a first-come basis
You can sign up by clicking the ‘sign up’ button below.
If you have any questions or would like to know further information please contact us using the contact form below
14th Dec – 13th Jan – Sending out Take-Away Project Packs
14th January – Last date for posting completed Canal Heritage Postcard.
1st – 14th February – Final crockery firings & imprinting community contributions
5th March – Celebratory Community Supper (*dependent on restrictions)
Old Basin House
5-7 Applecross Street
Glasgow | G4 9SP