How do we unite and engage with issues affecting our community?

How do we unite and engage with issues affecting our community?

Katie Rose Johnston, 25

From February to June 2018, visual artist and ceramicist Katie Rose Johnston worked with residents of Huntly to develop The Community Crockery.

Recently, many independent shops, amenities and services have closed in Huntly. A disheartening reality that affects many towns and cities today. We need to ask, what are the possibilities for small scale regeneration, based on skills and goods exchange?

The Community Crockery, commissioned by Deveron Projects and made in collaboration with a wide range of community members, offers a small milestone. The 200-piece set of handmade plates and cups researched and re-established the values and identity of the town. Each piece has been crafted and decorated by the people of Huntly through a series of workshops which invited all ages and abilities to take part. Through the therapeutic act of making, the project provided a welcoming space in which the community united and engaged with issues affecting Huntly and its place in the wider world. Amongst the successes of The Community Crockery, the project has encouraged locals to talk, eat and continue crafting together and as a direct result of the project, a local sheltered housing initiative has applied for funding to continue working with clay.

This project has been supported by Deveron Projects, the community of Huntly, Creative Scotland, Aberdeenshire Council, Marr Area and A96 Dualling East of Huntly to Aberdeen Community Development Fund.

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