Artist: Sarah Christie

Small round clay tiles with indents where tools have been pressed into them.

In:Site 2016 & 2017
BA Ceramic Design
Central St Martins

Sarah is an artist based in London. She took part in In:Site 2016 and returned in 2017 for a weeklong residency, collaborating with the Jaguar Land Rover Claymotive team.

Read an extract from the 2016 In:Site blog below.

Sarah works solely in clay because as well as it being a great material for making it can also have highly political, historical and emotional overtones.

For In:Site Sarah’s inspiration came from thinking about the various trades both historically or currently practiced in Birmingham. She invited the public to create their own sculptural tools of the trade out of clay based on their work or hobbies. Items included a watch, knitting needles and a hammer used to tune a tabla.

small unfired clay models of tools lie on the grass.
small clay models of tools.

Clay tools made by participants at In:Site 2016.

Read an extract from the 2017 blog below when Sarah returned to work with JLR.

Sarah Christie participated in  In:Site festival 2016. Last year Sarah’s inspiration came from thinking about the various trades both historically or currently practiced in Birmingham. She invited the public to create their own sculptural tools of the trade out of clay based on their work or hobbies. Items included a watch, knitting needles and a hammer used to tune a table. See images of Sarah’s work at In:Site 2016 on our Flickr.

We invited Sarah back to In:Site, this time in collaboration with Jaguar Land Rover.

Jaguar Land Rover’s team of clay automotive sculptors brought blocks of industrial clay and pre-prepared Jaguars. Sarah worked creatively with the team to show the versatility of the clay, using their clay modelling tools in new and exciting ways. The Jaguar Land Rover team were happy to explain their clay modelling process and all about clay’s role in the car design process – for more information on clay modelling and how to get into a clay modelling career in the automotive industry go to facebook.com/claymotive. 

The public were intrigued by the clay, particularly the sculptures created by Jaguar Land Rover clay modeller Shabaz.

Throughout the week passersby sat down and got stuck in to sculpting Jaguars with the clay. A lady even took hers home, worked on it (with a nail file!) and brought her finished Jaguar in the next day to show the team! There were also dedicated visitors who returned through the week to sit, sculpt and chat to the team about clay, art and cars.

By the end of the week the blocks of clay had a variety of markings, patterns and additions to them – made by the public and the team!

Find out more

sarahchristie.net

Since In:Site 2017

Sarah is a successful practicing artist. She has had many exhibitions and even worked with us again at our 30 year celebrations.

Try some of Sarah’s techniques yourself using the guide we created in lockdown 2020.

Celebrating 10 years of In:Site

To celebrate 10 years of In:Site we selected 10 makers for the archive to feature on our new online space for the project. You can still view all of the makers from 2012-2021 in the blog archive.



Where Next?

Artist: Francisca Onumah

Francisca was part of In:Site 2014

The artists uses a hammer to stamp metal.

Artist: Jessica Hargreaves

Jessica was part of In:Site 2015

The artist crouches over a memorial stone as she takes a casting.

Artist: Ryan Dilkes

Ry was part of In:Site 2019

The artist sits on a bench surrounded by furniture made from discarded wood.

Artist: Stefanie Cheong

Stefanie was part of In:Site 2013.

A pine cone with gold decoration on a string.


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