• The Turnpike Pottery

Sally Hackett: Mexican Tree of Life

Our second session introduced the work of artist Sally Hackett, who creates playful ceramic art through a socially engaged practice. Sally told us about how she has been inspired by the Mexican Tree of Life, which are a traditional decorative clay sculpture from the highlands of Mexico bursting with small and intricate models of people, animals and objects. We then played a number of games to get us stuck into making quick and lively sculptures of people and animals, including speed sculpting. We made pigs, insects, dogs, birds and fish as well as humans in all shapes and sizes. Once the clay has dried, it will be fired in the kiln at Hackspace Studio, and then we can glaze the work to make it vibrant and colourful. The artworks we made will form our own interpretation of the Tree of Life for the exhibition. We are looking forward to working with Sally again when she returns to help us install the artwork next month!

Words by Hannah Gaunt