Clay Station is a collaboration between Assemble and the artist Matthew Raw commissioned by Art on the Underground.
Building on London Underground’s rich heritage of ceramics, the project involves the production of more than a thousand hand-made tiles as part of the refurbishment and remodelling of a commercial unit at the entrance to Seven Sisters Underground Station which has lain empty for more than a decade.
Prior to the completion of the works in Winter 2017, the space was equipped with a kiln to allow for production of the tiles on site and to facilitate a series of workshops where local residents and community groups learnt the techniques used in the project to create smaller ceramic objects.
This technique entails colouring blocks of plain white clay with body stain and mixing together different combinations before they are sized, rolled, moulded, cut, dried, fired and glazed. The resulting tiles formed from this process will be used to clad the exterior of the building and each one will be unique.
To accompany the project Art on the Underground in collaboration with A New Direction and Create Jobs hired two trainees. The two traineeships provided clay induction training, followed by hands-on making experience with artist Matthew Raw and members of Assemble. Funded by Arts Council England.