The Clay Party tent

Ejector Seat Festival

the clay party

Enjoying the sun at Ejector Seat Festival on June 8th in Palmerston Park, Southampton. A free festival created to bring all the talented creatives outside in the sun and  to draw people into Southampton and push for a more creative city. There was an art market with a variety of hand made goodies. With three live  music stages and the main stage being on Southampton’s permanent structured bandstand, performance artists were doing there thing alongside other amazing interactive activities to get involved with.

Ejector Seat line up

Resident Southampton Ceramics Artists Claire Heath and Chris Cudlip were collaborating to create The Clay Party, funded by The Arts Council (National Lottery fund), this was all possible. Within the tent was a ceramics stall where people could take away some truly unique pieces. Live sculpture commenced later in the afternoon once all the children were tired out from the excitement of the clay workshops from 12-6.

clay workshop
Clay polar bear workshop


live slip cast
My live slip casting show


Finished pieces drying


Another local Ceramic Artist Liz Tub was present selling her wares and helping with the workshops throughout the day.

My art for sale


A very successful day with a turn out of around 5,000 to the festival, more than 200 people walked through the Clay Party tent where Claire Heath was able to get some of their hands cut out of clay and Chris Cudlip was giving workshops on how to build polar bears among other fun things!

polar bear
Polar bear sculpture made from milk bottles

Everything made on the day was exhibited in My Pottery shop for a week. For some this was their first experience of being part of an exhibition.

Find address and info on this link for location of exhibition







The Clay Party Exhibition

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