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Clay workshops for young people with artist Veronica Ryan

Image courtesy OTR

Clay workshops for young people with artist Veronica Ryan

This summer, Spike Island and exhibiting artist Veronica Ryan collaborated with the charity OTR on a series of three workshops for young people. Over three sessions, the participants worked with Ryan to create new forms in clay, exploring both its material properties and how making art can improve a person’s wellbeing.

In the first two sessions, the participants had a special tour of the exhibition Along a Spectrum with Veronica Ryan and, taking inspiration from the shapes and methods in her work, began to make their own. In the third session, participants glazed their now dried forms with bright colours ready for them to be fired and returned at a later date.

Many thanks to all at OTR, the participants and Phil Root / Counterslip Clay

Feedback from workshop participants:

“Very relaxing and I’ll be sure to implement clay work and pottery while at Uni as a way of releasing any emotions”

“I really enjoyed the opportunity to view the exhibition and meet and work with the artist. I can’t wait for the next session!! ”

“I had an amazing time and was a good experience ♥”


Off the Record (OTR) is a mental health social movement by and for young people aged 11-25 in Bristol, South Gloucestershire and North Somerset. OTR isn’t just a charity providing mental health services, it’s a mental health movement mobilised to support, promote and defend the mental health, rights and social position of young people. OTR provides information and support around wellbeing, including group work, sessions in schools and colleges, sessions in art, sport and nature-based settings, and one-to-one therapeutic support. Find out more at and @otrbristol